Making higher education more affordable for all students.

A Collaborative Approach to Textbook Costs

UCR's Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) is a partnership between UCR faculty, the Library, and Computing & Communications to alleviate the financial burden of textbooks on UCR students. Generously funded through the Student Technology Fee, this three-year project provides an incentive grant to course instructors who commit to bringing textbook and course reading costs for students in their classes to $0. Since Fall 2015, this program has saved UCR students over an estimated $500,000 in textbook costs.

Initiative Incentive Program

Three competitive awards of $3000 for individual course instructors are available each quarter, and two $6000 grants are available annually for departments who commit to adopting open educational resources for a sequence of courses. Applications for courses with large enrollments and expensive course texts will be prioritized, but any instructor may apply. Awards may be used for technology, equipment, and course-related costs (a full list of restrictions is available).

Successful grant recipients will be matched with a subject specialist librarian to assist in identifying appropriate open or library-licensed materials for the course. C&C's Instructional Design team will also be available to assist in integrating course materials via iLearn.

Ready to Apply?

The application for Spring Quarter is now closed. There will be a second call for Summer 2018 at the beginning of spring quarter.

Deadline for consideration for Spring Quarter 2018 and first consideration for Summer 2018 classes: Friday, December 22, 2018

Notification of funding decisions for Spring and Summer 2018: By Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Questions or comments? Please contact Dani Cook, Director of Teaching & Learning.