UA To Consider Book Vouchers For Private Bookstores

December 17, 2005 - 12:55 p.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ An administrator at the University of
Arkansas at Fayetteville told legislators the university would
consider providing book vouchers for students to shop for textbooks
at private book stores on credit.

The school has a new program that allows students to charge up
to 800 dollars in books and supplies purchased at the university's
bookstore on campus to their student accounts and pay the bills by
the end of the semester.

But Senator Sue Madison of Fayetteville and Steve Wilson of the
Campus Bookstore in Fayetteville told a legislative panel that the
program is unfair to private stores.

Wilson described the new program as a monopoly and said students
should be able to purchase textbooks and supplies at bookstores
other than the University of Arkansas Bookstore under the new

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