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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


Leading the CSU in reducing publisher course materials’ costs with student access to the materials on the first day of class:

San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton have implemented similar but different Immediate and Direct Access programs. Prices typically are discounted 10% to 20% from the regular digital material prices offered at the campus store. Immediate and Direct Access prices are usually discounted 25% to 60% from print rental or print purchase price.

  • SDSU has expanded their Immediate Access Program to Nine Classes Spring 2017 providing 2,600+ SDSU students immediate access to their digital materials. SDSU’s Immediate Access was first piloted in Spring 2016 with 2 classes and 489 students.
  • CSUF’s Titan Shops and their campus CIO have partnered in spring 2017 to provide their students access to digital course materials directly through the LMS on the first day of class, continuing until the add/drop deadline using the Titan Direct Access program.

Guide to Implement Immediate Access/Opt Out for Course Materials.

AL$ / AB798 Webinar March 2017

New Course Materials Partner


Boundless is now a CSU Affordable Learning Solutions prequalified course content provider. Committed to alleviating the financial burden and improving learning outcomes for students in higher education, Boundless offers high quality, openly licensed digital courseware, at the very affordable price point of only $29.99 per student per course. With this partnership, CSU students and faculty now have access to all the award-winning content, in over 20 subjects, that Boundless and its team of subject-matter experts have curated and created – and can be available within your university’s LMS! 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.