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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.

AFFORDABLE LEARNING SOLUTIONS PRINCIPLES:

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.
Whats New

February 2015 Webinar

(Recorded Session) (Just PDF)

  • Café Learn
  • AL$ RFP
  • COOL4ED

The CSU campuses have the opportunity to apply for two AL$ grants

4th Annual AL$ Workshop

The annual AL$ Conference & Workshop together with the first Textbook Affordability Conference took place Feb. 12-13. For questions, email AL$.

Nation's Largest Free and Low-Cost Textbook Showcase Launches at 13 California State University Libraries

Libraries engage professors with showcase of high-quality OpenStax College textbook options that could potentially save CSU students millions each year.

Easy Steps to Navigate The Course Fee Approval Process

Five Easy Steps For Faculty to Obtain Course Fee Approval for Course Materials. Find Out How (DOC)

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.