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Affordable Learning Solutions at CSUN

The official website of the CSUN AL$ initiative.

2018-2019 Matador AL$ Award


In 2017 and 2019, CSUN was awarded two AB 798 Grant ($100,000) and additional AL$ fundings by the State of California to facilitate the adoption of OER (Open Educational Resources) and affordable materials. The Matador AL$ Faculty Award is a way for faculty to get involved in CSUN AL$ initiatives and is co-organized by the Matador AL$ Faculty Award Committee members from the Oviatt Library, the Campus Store, DRES, and the Faculty Technology Center (FTC).

The Matador AL$ Award has saved over $21410.65 during 2016-2017, over $203655.5 during 2017-2018, and over $420626.14 during 2018-2019.


The AL$ Initiative saved $21410.65 during 2016-2017, $203655.5 during 2017-2018, and $420626.14 during 2018-2019.



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.

Tier 1 - Project achieves 30-70% savings: Award of $500.

Tier 2 - Project achieves savings greater than 70%: Award of $1,000.

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. Maximum award up to $1,500.

Priority is given to first-time applicants and participants.

Please contact us to discuss this, or any idea that does not fit within the requirements or levels above. Courses participating in Immediate Access Program are eligible for Tier 3 funding.


Important Dates

For Fall 2019 Courses

Since funding is limited, you are encouraged to apply for Fall participation as early as possible.

Application Due: 6/30/2019

Notification: 7/1/2019 (Due to technical issues with Outlook, notifications will be sent out by 7/5/2019)

Deadline to submit your new syllabus and savings cost form: 8/21/2019

Deadline to submit your report: 11/1/2019


For Spring 2020 Courses

Since funding is limited, you are encouraged to apply for Spring participation as early as possible.

Application Due: 11/15/2019

Notification: 12/1/2019

Deadline to provide your new syllabus with AL$: 1/17/2020

Deadline to submit your report: 3/23/2020

*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 .



  1. All adopted materials must meet copyright requirements and be accessible by all students regardless of ability. 

  2. You will be required to have a consultation session with an AL$ member. The session can be in-person or online.
  3. You will need to submit your new syllabus, a savings cost form, a textbook report form, and a final project report. 
  4. The total student savings must be at least 30% and $1,000 per course section. If you decide to make your course zero-cost, please contact Robert Munck at Campus Store to add a zero-cost course material icon in the Class Search.
  5. It is highly recommended that you commit to using the more affordable alternatives at least a year after getting the award.
  6. The award is subject to the AL$ funding received from the CSU Chancellor’s office. To calculate the reduced cost, please refer to the listed price on the Campus Store website. The final savings will be determined by the Matador AL$ Award Committee.


Apply Now!

  1. If you haven't done so, please fill out this Award Interest Form so we can start scheduling a one-on-one consultation session (in-person or online) with you before you submit the application.
  2. After speaking with AL$ members during the one-on-one consultation, please fill out this Application Form. You are welcome to contact any AL$ member at any time, and you can keep editing the form after you submit it.



Special thanks to CSUSM's CALM, which inspired this Call for Proposal.

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