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Welcome to Affordable Learning Solutions

CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions enables faculty to choose and provide more affordable, quality educational content for their students.

By reducing CSU student course material expenses, more students acquire the course materials they need to succeed and benefit from their CSU learning experience.

Now, CSU faculty and students have greater access to quality free and low-cost learning materials through a variety of ALS programs and partnerships.


CHOICE: Enables the discovery of course content, including commercial publisher content, library resources, and a wide array of open educational resources (OER).

AFFORDABILITY: Technology and partnerships that reduce the cost of learning materials for students and the CSU.

ACCESSIBILITY: Every student is entitled to a high quality education with access to all learning materials.

The Affordable Learning Solutions Website:

  • Enables faculty to find quality free or low-cost course content that can substitute for more costly textbooks.
  • Showcases the use of campus library resources for course materials.
  • Organizes tools for faculty to customize and author course content.
  • Provides easy access to information about usability and accessibility of e-readers.
  • Helps faculty be recognized for quality teaching and efforts to reduce students' costs.
  • Enables faculty to share best practices for using low-cost digital and print content in CSU courses.
  • Supports campus Affordable Learning Solutions strategies and initiatives.

AL$ Vendor Partner Programs

New CSU Rent Digital, AL$ Course Materials, and Custom Publishing programs. All current rent digital partners maintain their partnerships with the CSU in the New Rent Digital program. The goals of the new Rent Digital, AL$ Course Materials, and Custom Publishing programs include providing greater opportunity for vendors to participate in one or more programs. In expanding the Rent Digital program opportunities AL$ will increase the number of Rent Digital partners and titles available to CSU faculty and students. With the introduction of the AL$ Course Materials and Custom Publishing programs AL$ will provide new opportunities for partners to provide course material options at lower or no cost such as adaptive learning materials-self authoring tools and other innovative options for CSU faculty and students.

Vendors interested in partnering with CSU Affordable Learning Solutions in providing CSU faculty and students with lower or no cost course material options can learn more on our AL$ Vendor Partner Programs page.

Whats New

Fall 2016 AL$ e-Newsletter



IMMEDIATE ACCESS OPT OUT program provides students with access at NO CHARGE for their course materials in digital format on the first day of class. They retain that access until the add/drop deadline at no cost.

Recorded September 2016 Webinar

  • Mobilizing The CSU Textbook Affordability Landscape

CSU Campuses Saved CSU Students $2,134, 533 Selecting OpenStax Free College Textbooks

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax announced The California State University campuses Saved 21,655 students $2,134,533 through the adoption of OpenStax free college textbooks in the 2015-2016 academic school year. See full OpenStax announcement.

New Custom Publishing Partner

Montezuma Publishing joins CSU AL$ as our newest Custom Publishing Partner. Montezuma Publishing has been a recognized leader in the custom course reader market for over 30 years. Offering digital and print course readers, copyright services and more at lower costs than traditional print course materials. Click to Learn More

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Spring 2017 HEOA Memo

CSU Rent Digital, Save Lots, Learn More.

CSU's Rent Digital program offers students savings of 60 percent or more off the cost of new print textbooks through the option to rent e-textbooks. Over 45,000 e-textbook choices available for rent through CSU campus bookstores. Learn more on the CSU Rent Digital Program page.