District of San Diego Community Colleges receives $975,000 in federal grants to expand free online textbooks

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District of San Diego Community Colleges receives $975,000 in federal grants to expand free online textbooks

San Diego Community Colleges receives $975,000

San Diego – A free online textbook program will be expanded by San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) thanks to a federal grant of $975,000 received from the federal government.

This grant will be used to create more zero-textbook-cost courses using free digital materials. Educational materials created through this grant will be licensed under a Creative Commons license, enabling everyone statewide to use them for free.

Students will be able to avoid buying expensive textbooks for courses. Textbook prices have risen over 800% since 1978, which can be a barrier to education.

The cost of textbooks can often exceed the tuition students pay at our colleges, said Dr. Carlos O. Cortez, chancellor of SDCCD. “Offering more textbook-free classes is part of our district’s commitment to providing students with a quality education.”

Representative Scott Peters, who sought the funds, facilitated the Community Funding Project grant.

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The low costs of textbooks make it easier for community college students to pursue their academic goals,” Peters said. “With tuition and textbook costs rising, programs that assist students in need will encourage them. I applaud the San Diego Community College District’s work and hope to see more programs like this one in other districts.”

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