The University of Iowa Spanish general education program is keeping the cost of textbooks down for students by using two textbooks for the four semesters required to fulfill general education language requirements. Third in a series.The department partners with the textbook publisher, Pearson’s, to reduce costs, offer the text in a cheaper loose-leaf binding for students. In fall 2018, one textbook will be offered as all-inclusive on-line access, bringing the cost down significantly, department officials said. “We work hard to try to keep those costs manageable. In a perfect world, it would cost less,” Braeden Jones, 34, instructional service coordinator for the Spanish general education program at the University of Iowa, said.