[caption id="attachment_42126" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="College students pay more than $900 annually for textbooks."]College students pay more than $900 annually for textbooks.[/caption]

Every semester, a few students in Steven White’s business and marketing courses ask to borrow the professor’s copy of the course textbook. They can’t afford one for themselves, White said, and their sub-par exam scores show it.

That’s why White, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professor since 1998, supports a federal law that aims to lower skyrocketing college textbook costs by making students privy...

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