AL$, or Affordable Learning $olutions, is an initiative by the CSU Chancellor’s office to promote the use of low- or no-cost course materials to reduce the financial burden on students. Since 2016, AL$ has saved CSUN students over $1,000,000 in textbook costs.
Oct 27, 2021 04:00-5:15 PM Click to watch recording
Stressed out about paying for school? Attend this event to discover CSUN hacks for getting the most out of college without breaking the bank. Panelists from the USU, Affordable Learning $olutions, Financial Aid, and other offices on campus will answer questions and give advice. In the registration form, you will have an opportunity to include questions for the panelists.
Organized by: CSUN Act Now Committee, USU, Office of Sustainability, Affordable Learning $olutions (University Library, Campus Store, DRES)
There are lots of ways to lower textbook costs for your course, from adopting Open Educational Resources, to transitioning to ebooks, to embedding course materials in Canvas. Not sure where to start? Check out some of these cost-reduction ideas and our tips for how to implement them! And don't forget, librarians are always here to help!
Finding free or low-cost course materials may seem like a daunting task... but don't worry, we've got you covered! We've compiled an Open Educational Resources Guide to help you navigate OER repositories and find materials that are both high-quality and low-cost.
Although it may not seem like much, reporting textbook costs for your course can make a big difference by helping students make informed decisions and budget appropriately as they select their classes. Moreover, if additional expenses for your course are $50 or less, your course will be highlighted as low-cost in Class Search, which may help boost your enrollment numbers.
Although prioritizing affordable course materials is ultimately up to your instructors, there are still ways for you to get involved and benefit from the AL$ initiative as a student!
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