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Request for Proposals: The California College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798)

The goal of College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 (AB 798) is to save college students money by empowering professors and local campuses to adopt high quality, free and open educational resources for courses materials. Assemblywoman Bonilla (sponsor of AB 798) recognized that free and open educational resources can reduce the total cost of education for students and their families in California's higher education institutions.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) provides the guidelines, requirements and processes for campuses to submit proposals for their local textbook affordability programs and receive up to $50,000 to implement their program and report on the student savings created by their program. More specifically, the RFP provides:

Step 1

Review RFP and Evaluation Rubric

Review Background Resources
Review timeline
Brainstorm / draft goals and implementation plan with your campus stakeholders

Toolkit #1

Step 2

Create account in InfoReady

Attend informational webinars (Optional)

Join COOL4Ed Voices to keep up to date on online discussions about AB 798

Review the Optional Campus Plan Template to inform campus discussions

Toolkit #2


The RFP documentation for AB 798 funding applications has been released! Please read through the four steps located to the left of this message to find the relevant RFP information.

Review the presentations and meeting notes from the AB 798 Informational Conference

Calendar of Webinars, Office Hours, & Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions

Track AB 798 RFP Submissions

For Questions, Contact Us

Register to receive updates & notifications about future webinars, office hours, draft feedback

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