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Easy and Simple Steps to Advance Your ALS Program


Follow these steps to implement a plan for course fee, free trial period, and committee approval.

More ALS Resources

ALS Newsletter

Issue #6, May 2017

Issue #5, October 2016

Issue #4, August 15, 2016

Fall 2017 HEOA Memo

The Timely Ordering of Textbooks to Ensure CSU Students Continue to Receive Federal Financial Assistance from Gerry Hanley for Summer and Fall 2017 requisitions.

ALS Infographic

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CSU Affordable Learning Solutions Infographic displays key initiative at a glance.


ALS Brochure


CSU Affordable Learning Solutions Brochure provides information on ALS programs and partnerships.  



MERLOT II Brochure


CSU MERLOT Brochure provides information on MERLOT programs and services.  



Cool4Ed Brochure

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Cool4Ed Brochure provides information on Cool4Ed, Free and Open online materials



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Legislative Resources

The California State University is subject to both Federal and State legislation regarding faculty textbook adoption, access to information regarding course materials being used in courses their costs and other subjects.

Affordable Learning Solutions Webinar Series

The webinars provide an overview of ALS, share examples of successful campus efforts to lower the cost of course materials, and review commercial eReader tools provided by publishers and e-textbook distributors. The webinar will also address participants’ questions, comments, or concerns.


Previous Webinars

  • September 2016 Webinar
    (Recorded Session)
    • Mobilizing The CSU Textbook Affordability Landscape
  • June 2016 Webinar
    (Recorded Session)
    • Textbook & Student Immediate Access @ SDSU
    • CSU & AL$ Bookstore Collaboration
  • April 2015 Webinar
    (Just PPT)
    • CSU Chico
    • Rafter

Archived ALS-Rent Digital Webinars

Easy Steps to Navigate The Course Fee Approval Process

Five Easy Steps For Faculty to Obtain Course Fee Approval for Course Materials. Find Out How (DOC)

Adopting Old Editions

Challenges with adopting old editions include price concerns, availability etc. Click here to learn more (DOC).