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Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)

A guide to Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) at California State University - Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

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What is AL$?

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.

Did you know...

  • AL$ and AB 798 are supported by two different funding sources? (SB1359 and AB798)
  • CA institutions are required to tag zero-cost textbook courses in their course schedules?
  • All US institutions are required to communicate the price of course materials to students at the time of registration?

Why is AL$ important?

Textbook prices have risen at 2x the rate of inflation over two decades (US General Accounting Office Report) and continue to be a key economic issue for students.

The high cost of textbooks negatively impacts student access, success, and completion. A recent study of over 21,000 students at institutions of higher education in Florida found that:
 
Students did not purchase some of their required materials (66%)
May have earned a poor grade (37.6%),
Or even failed a course (19.8%) as a result of not having a textbook.
 
Students also report taking fewer courses, not registering for courses, dropping courses, and withdrawing from courses due to textbook expenses.