Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative

Since 2013, K-State's Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative has saved students over $10 million. The Initiative provides instructors with grants of up to $5,000 to replace expensive, traditional textbooks with open or alternative digital resources.

Initially funded by K-State Libraries, Student Governing Association and K-State administration, the program is now funded through donor support and a portion of the $10 course fee.

Donate to the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative


Important deadlines

2022 - 2023 grant application deadlines

  • Friday, December 2, 2022
  • Friday, April 14, 2023

Submit your grant proposal

2022 - 2023 course fee application deadlines

Apply for the course fee by Friday, September 2, 2022 for spring 2023 courses. For summer and fall 2023 courses apply for the course fee by Friday, February 3, 2023.

Apply for the spring 2023 course fee

Apply for summer/fall 2023 course fee

The Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative

Hear from students and instructors about their experience.



How it works

The Initiative provides grants between $2,000 and $5,000 to K-State faculty and instructors to help them develop or adopt alternatives to traditional print textbooks. Students then pay just $10 for the course using open or alternative materials.

The result is significant savings for K-State students and an incredible return on investment. For every $1,000 donated to the program, K-State has been able to save students a total of $8,000 overall. That is an 8:1 return on investment, and the program can achieve those returns every year.

Learn more about the application and requirements

Find resources for creating or adopting open or alternative materials


Apply for the course fee

Already using open or alternative resources in your courses? You can apply to have the $10 fee applied to your course.

Ninety percent of the fee goes to the department, and 10 percent goes to the Initiative to help fund future grants.

2022 - 2023 application deadlines

  • Apply by Friday, September 3, 2021 for a Spring 2022 course fee
  • Apply by Friday, February 3, 2023 for a Summer/Fall 2023 course fee

Learn more about the course fee


Are you you excited about the idea of saving your students money, but don’t know where to start? We are here to help!

For questions about teaching with and implementing open or alternative resources, contact:

  • Dr. Andy Bennett, department of mathematics: (785) 532-0562 or

  • Dr. Brian Lindshield, department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health: (785) 532-7848 or

For all other questions, contatct the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship at