Affordable Learning at SF State

Coming Spring 2018: Students will be able to search for sections with $0 course materials in class schedule

The California Legislature passed a new law requiring CSUs and CA Community Colleges to indicate in the class schedule sections that “exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students.” (CA SB 1359)

This will make it easier than ever for students to find and choose Zero Cost Course Materials (ZCCM) sections that require no additional purchases. SF State is implementing the requirement with a searchable course attribute in the class schedule starting in November for Spring 2018. You’ll see the icon in the schedule on January 1, 2018.

For more information, visit our ZCCM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Faculty: To hear the student perspective, join our AIM Discussion Lunch on 11/9!

Students: To join the conversation follow us on Instagram: @AIMSFSU


SF State Faculty Save Students $3.5 million* with Affordable Materials!

Affordable Learning is a priority at SF State. Through Open Educational resources (OER) and/or Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM), faculty can make their courses more affordable and equitable.


Academic Technology, The Leonard Library, the DPRC, and the SFSU Bookstore support faculty in replacing costly textbooks with lower cost alternatives by using high-quality open educational resources (OER), library resources, digital or customized textbooks, and/or faculty-authored materials.  Every dollar counts for many students. If students cannot afford the assigned class materials, they may try to learn without them.

*Total potential savings based on the cost of materials and course enrollments 2014 - 2017.