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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.
Whats New

AL$ Newsletter Issue #2

Newly Updated Rent Digital Fliers:

Faculty Version Full Page

Faculty Version 2up

Student Version 1

Student Version 2

Spring 2015 HEOA Memo

The Timely Ordering of Textbooks to Ensure CSU Students Continue to Receive Federal Financial Assistance from Gerry Hanley for Summer and Fall 2015 requisitions.

Study Shows Continued Decline in Annual Student Spending on Course Materials:

OBERLIN, OHIO, July 8, 2015 – Annual student spending on college course materials has declined steadily over the past seven years, according to the National Association of College Stores’ (NACS) twice-yearly survey of college students in the U.S.

New Rent Digital partner


CSU Rent Digital Announces RedShelf as our Newest Rent Digital Partner providing CSU Faculty and Students e-Textbooks at a Savings of 60% or more off the price of a New Print Textbook.

Cal State Looks for Cost Savings in Academics

Los Angeles Times Article May 20, 2015

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.

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.