Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative

Since 2013, K-State's Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative has saved students $6.8 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


2021 - 2022 grant application deadlines

  • Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Friday, April 15, 2022

Submit your grant proposal


2021 - 2022 course fee report deadlines

  • Friday, September 3, 2021
  • Friday, February 4, 2022

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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

2021 - 2022 application deadlines

  • Friday, September 3, 2021
  • Friday, February 4, 2022

Apply for course fee

Learn more about the course fee


Questions

Are you you excited about the idea of saving your students money, but don’t know where to start? We are here to help! Contact any of the people and teams listed below and they will help walk you through the process or answer any questions.