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SCALE - What Is Affordable Learning?

What is Affordable Learning?

Quality, low- or no-cost educational resources that encourage student success while lowering student costs. Resources can include textbooks, modules, lectures, labs, videos, and other pedagogical material.

Why Affordable Learning?


65% of students report not purchasing a textbook due to cost.


Nearly half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many/which classes they took each semester.


82% of students felt they would do significantly better in a course if the textbook was available free online and buying a hard copy was optional.


Affordable learning resources are quality, low or no-cost educational resources that encourage student success while lowering student costs.

SOURCE: Student PIRGs

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