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Affordable Learning $olutions

The official website of the CSUN AL$ initiative.

AL$ Awards



Individual Awards:

Faculty who are actively working to reduce textbook costs for their students are eligible to receive a Matador AL$ Award of between $500 and $1,500 to recognize their commitment to affordable learning. Even a cost reduction of just 30% will make you eligible. See below for more info.

Individual Award Tiers

Tier Criteria Award Amount

Tier 1

Project achieves 30-70% savings


Tier 2

Project achieves savings of greater than 70%


Tier 3

Project is scalable; locates free or low-cost material for multiple instructors, courses, or department-wide adoptions; and saves at least 30% for each included course section

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Please note: Where three or more faculty are working to reduce textbook costs for the same course, proposals will be considered only within the Tier 3 methodology. Awards are granted to individuals.


Important Dates


For Fall 2020 Courses


Application are accepted on a rolling basis but we have set a priority application date.

Deadline to provide AL$ with your new syllabus: 8/22/2020

Deadline to submit your report: 11/11/2020.


*Award payments will be processed at the end of each semester, and timing will vary based on individual faculty workload/FTE, the university’s payroll calendar, and submission of the final report .


We have decided to continue the departmental award in Spring 2021 while transforming the individual awards to more resources and smaller-amount stipends for professional development opportunities. 



  • All adopted materials must meet copyright requirements and be accessible by all students regardless of ability
  • The total student savings must be at least 30% and $1,000 per course section
  • You will be required to:
    • Have a consultation session with an AL$ member before applying. The session can be in-person or online.
    • Submit a final project report with student survey results and reflections
    • Commit to using affordable alternatives for at least one year after getting the award