Open and Affordable Textbooks

The Open and Affordable Textbooks Program is an incentive program that awards research funds to Rutgers faculty who make their courses more affordable for their students. To date, the program has brought an estimated savings of over $2 million to students at Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Our goal is to support textbook affordability at Rutgers, promote the use of open and affordable educational resources, and empower faculty to innovate their teaching through the use of open, free, or library-licensed materials and teaching aids.

Check back soon for information and deadlines regarding the Spring round of awards!

The OAT Program awards research funds to full- and part-time faculty who are willing to:

  • Adopt: Replace a traditional textbook with a free, low-cost, or open alternative
  • Innovate: Replace a traditional textbook with articles, book excerpts, audio, or video that are licensed through Rutgers University Libraries, open access, or freely available online
  • Create: Replace a traditional, high-cost textbook with one that they will design, author, and provide for free or at low cost to students
  • Remix: Replace a traditional textbook with existing open educational resources to meet your student needs.

The OAT Program is available to full- and part-time faculty at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Students should visit our website to learn more about textbook affordability at Rutgers and how they can take action to keep their costs down.