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CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative Saves Students $77 Million Every YearThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

​​​The California State University

The pandemic amplified existing equity gaps between underserved students and their peers, including the cost of learning materials. The CSU has responded by increasing the number of courses using low- or no-cost learning materials through Affordable Learning SolutionThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.s (AL$) to provide equitable access to education and improve retention.

'They Are Much More Engaged.' CSU Program Helps Cal Poly Students by Removing Barriers to SuccessThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Cal Poly News

“Support for open educational resources at Cal Poly from our faculty members has been crucial in responding to some of the university’s most important initiatives, including the Graduation Initiative 2025 and our efforts to create a more inclusive campus,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. 

CSUMB receives Affordable Learning Solutions grantThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSU Monterey Bay News

CSU Monterey Bay continues to support affordable learning for students with new funding from the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions program. The CSU Chancellor’s Office has awarded $15,000 to CSUMB’s library and Center for Academic Technologies to reestablish the program at the university. 

CSUSB continues to help students save money through the Affordable Learning Solutions programThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Inside CSUSB

In this academic year alone, more than 10,000 students have saved nearly $2 million on textbook costs thanks to the Affordable Learning Solutions program at CSUSB.

Newsom calls textbooks “racket,” proposes money to create free onesThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CalMatters

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend $15 million to develop more degree programs that include free textbooks, taking aim at the “usurious costs” of commercial textbooks today. The state spent $5 million on a similar program in 2016-17.

CSUN Library Joins Open Education Network, Making Materials More Affordable During PandemicThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

CSUN Today

“During COVID-19, students need more access than ever to textbooks, given that physical library buildings are closed and they are faced with all other financial and personal challenges in life,” said Ding, a coordinator for Affordable Learning $olutionsThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

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Reports and Presentations

National Association of College Stores Study Shows Continued Decline in Annual Student Spending on Course Materials
National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S.This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.
National Association of College Stores
Academic Content Licensing White Paper 2014
Make Textbooks More Affordable
Student PIRGs Report: Fixing the Broken Textbook MarketThis link will take you to an external website in a new tab.
CSU Affordable Learning Solutions Initiatives
CSU Board of Trustees UpdateThis link will open a PDF file.
AB 798 and the Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program
Letter to CSU PresidentsThis link will open a PDF file.