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Affordable Learning Solutions at CSUN

What is AL$?

CSU Affordable Learning Solutions

What is Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)?

CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative enables campuses to provide more affordable educational content for students. For more information about the CSU initiative, check out the Affordable Learning Solutions homepage. The below image shows AL$ Impact for students in the CSU.

The AL$ Initiative at CSUN is committed to educating faculty on open educational resources, assisting faculty with finding quality low or no cost content, and supporting faculty as they redesign their courses. Check out CSUN Academic Senate Resolution AL$/AB-798. The below image shows AL$ achievements at CSUN.

CSUN AL$ initiatives have saved 203,655,50 dollars 2017-2018.


How do I know which course is free of cost?

California Senate Bill 1359 requires CSU campuses “to clearly highlight, by means that may include a symbol or logo in a conspicuous place on the online campus course schedule, the courses that exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students and may have a low-cost option for print versions.” Look for the following symbol in Class Search to identify zero-cost course materials. 

zero cost course materials logo

Please contact Robert Munck from Campus Store at to make sure the zero cost symbol is indicated in your course. An example:

screenshot of zero cost symbol


How can I find free or low-cost materials?

The Oviatt Library, Matador Bookstore, CSU’s Merlot system, and publishers like OpenStax provide information, tools, and resources to get started using more affordable course materials. Check out the Finding Affordable Materials tab on this guide for resources.


Accessibility Statement

Accessibility is one of the core principles of the AL$ initiative and it's imperative that all students have access to all learning materials required for their education. Check out Universal Design Center to make sure your content is accessible by everyone.


How can I get involved?

Faculty: Check out the Faculty Showcase section of this website to see what other faculty are doing. If you have already experimented with redesigning your course around an open text or created your own e-text, you can also become an AL$ mentor and provide support for faculty. Contact any member of the AL$ team directly or fill out this Google Form and a member of AL$ will contact you.

Students: Encourage your instructors to consider Affordable Learning Solutions using this website and become active in your campus Student Government to be an advocate of Affordable Course Materials. Contact Yi Ding at to participate in your campus AL$ initiatives.