Sep 1, 2018

College students are skipping meals to pay for textbooks

Textbook prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, which has led 71% of students to ask their parents for money, 41% to skip meals and 31% to take fewer classes to afford their reading material, according to a new survey by Morning Consult for Cengage, an online textbook company.

Adapted with updated data from an American Enterprise Institute report; Chart: Axios Visuals

The big picture: The vast majority of current and former college students think their textbooks are overpriced and 85% said buying their books is at least somewhat financially stressful. Of the 1,651 current and former students surveyed, a majority told Morning Consult they didn't buy what was required, purchased outdated copies, or shared with classmates.

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Unvaccinated students in Seattle will be banned from school

Close-up of folder containing medical forms labeled Refusal to Vaccinate. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Students enrolled in the Seattle Public School district who are unvaccinated will not be allowed to attend classes starting Jan. 8, district officials have warned, per the Seattle Times.

The big picture: With cases of contagious but preventable diseases like measles spiking to new highs in recent years, cities and schools have been trying to mandate vaccinations to keep illnesses at bay.

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Only 23% of American voters can identify Iran on world map

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Only 23% of registered American voters were able to correctly identify Iran on an unlabeled world map, according to a poll from Morning Consult and Politico.

Why it matters: Voters' inability to pick out Iran on the map highlights their relative unfamiliarity with foreign countries — even after decades of conflicts and tensions with the U.S. in the region.

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Affordability is driving Americans' decisions on where to live

Data: Prudential; Note: ±3.0 margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals

Most American workers place affordability above jobs on the priority list when determining where to live, according to Prudential's Pulse of the American Worker survey conducted in November by Morning Consult.

Why it matters: The high cost of living in job-rich centers holds people back from looking for new opportunities there.

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