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The cost of a college education continues to rise, outpacing inflation and median income growth in the last decade. As a result, students are piling on debt and recent graduates are struggling under the weight of loans they wouldn't have needed 10 to 20 years ago. From the data we have begun to gather, we have learned that the cost of course materials is a burden for many of our students and they believe their grades are suffering as a result, as the following quote attests:

"Even thought I get financial aid, there are times where I can’t afford to buy all required texts. This semester, I had to borrow most of my books from the public library, which I will have to turn in two weeks before classes will finish. I don’t want to give up on my studies and my degree goals, and if professors could choose the best materials at the lowest cost possible, that would really help low income students like myself."

The Cougars Affordable Learning Materials Project (CALM) is part of the CSU Affordable Learning Solutions initiative started in 2010. CALM aims to aid faculty in replacing costly textbooks with lower cost alternatives by using high-quality open educational resources (OER), library resources, digital or customized textbooks, and/or faculty-authored materials.

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