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Textbook costs create a financial burden on college students that can impact their academic success. The rising costs of commercial textbooks have continued to outstrip inflation, adversely affecting access to higher education and student learning as students forgo buying textbooks altogether. Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks that are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. There are tens of thousands of freely available open educational resources and open textbooks, and a wide variety of tools to help you discover them.

How OERs benefit faculty:

  • Flexibility in curriculum
  • Higher student retention
  • Use openly licensed materials to build your own resources
  • Promote your work to a global audience

How OERs benefit students:

  • No added costs
  • Provide supplemental learning materials for courses
  • Determine what classes or program to enroll in
  • Better prepared for classes
Impact of Textbook Costs 2016