Grants & Opportunities

CSUSB Affordable Solutions Grant

The purpose of CSUSB Affordable Solutions Grant (AL$ 2019-20) is to encourage faculty to choose, adopt and provide more affordable, quality educational materials for our students, while at the same time enhancing the overall educational experience. By reducing CSUSB student course material expenses by 30% of the current textbook, more students acquire the course materials they need to succeed in order to graduate on time.
Please see below more information. If you have already adopted reduced/free instructional materials for the Fall quarter or intend to adopt during 2019-20, apply by filling out this AL$ 2019-2020 application (10 mins. approx).
Please have the following information available when applying: 
•             Course code (e.g., COMM 120)
•             Course name (e.g., Oral Communication)
•             Enrollment (approx.)
•             Year and quarter when the course was last taught
•             Previous textbook title, author, cost
•             First quarter when you will teach the course with AL$
•             Brief description of your plan to reduce the costs of instructional materials (plans may include the adoption of a cheaper textbook, the replacement of the textbook with library articles, the inclusion of other OERs, participation in the Inclusive Access program). If applicable, please include the title of the new textbook or instructional materials [for help selecting your class materials visit and or check the collection of resources for affordable learning solutions (ALS) and open educational resources (OER) that our OER specialist librarian, Lisa Bartle, has created]
•             Projected cost of the new instructional materials

What the AL$ grant is

The AL$ grant is an incentive that compensates faculty for the time invested in locating and adopting more affordable instructional materials for their students. The grant consists of $700 for the adoption of Open Education Resources (OER) or $350 for opting into an Inclusive Access Program (more details from Dr. Diaz). The incentive is payable either as a summer stipend (taxable, subject to the 125% rule) or professional development. The AL$ incentive is disbursed at the end of summer 2020 upon completion of all the requirements.

 Who can apply

Full-time and part-time faculty are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to proposals involving courses not previously redesigned under the AL$ program. A proposed project shall not duplicate any other projects already funded by AL$ or from any other source within the university during the same academic year (please see more information on the CSUSB AL$ website). Participants may only receive one grant per academic year. 
Requirements for completion

1. Implementation of the project during the 2019-20 academic year; 
2. A public portfolio of your project on Merlot prepared no later than two weeks after the conclusion of your course with AL$. Please see an example of a previous portfolio here. Dr. Cathy Swift (, our Special Consultant to Merlot, will provide help with the preparation of the portfolio. 
3. Participation in an AL$ Showcase in May 2020 (date TBD). Your presentation must contain the participant’s experience with the program successes and/or challenges of incorporating these materials into their course design, the total amount of money that students have saved, and useful resources, curated content or other helpful tips for faculty. 
4. Data for the annual AL$ campus report (course; # of students; cost of previous materials; cost of current materials) upon completion of your project. (15 mins approx.). 
A testimonial short video about on your experience, while encouraged, is not mandatory. However, consider how your testimonial will help future colleagues. Please see a sample video here. Please contact ATI Assistant Director James Trotter ( for details if interested. 
The deadlines to apply are:
October 28th for Winter 2020 adoption;
February 3rd for Spring 2020 adoption.  
If you are already using reduced-cost materials for your Fall classes, please apply as well.
If you are interested or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to hearing from all of you! 

Bibiana Díaz
Associate Professor
Coordinator Affordable Learning Solutions Program
President, Phi Beta Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter, CSUSB
Vice President-elect of AATSP Southern California Chapter
Director of Acto Latino Theater Group
Department of World Languages and Literatures
California State University, San Bernardino
Phone: (949) 331 7608