Boston College Libraries

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please attend one of the Affordable Course Materials Initiative information sessions:

  • Wednesday March 18 from 3-4 pm (O'Neill 413, or join virtually)
  • Tuesday March 24th from 10-11 am (O'Neill 413, or join virtually)

If you are interested in applying, but cannot attend, ask for more information by emailing

Applications are due by Tuesday, April 21st, 2020.

Award decisions will be made by a committee with representatives from Boston College faculty, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the University Libraries. Additional information on open educational resources and this initiative is available at

Affordable Course Materials Initiative application

The high cost of textbooks is a well-publicized problem for students in higher education. Initial data at Boston College indicates that one-third of high financial need students do not buy any textbooks. In order to address the escalating cost of academic textbooks the Boston College Libraries and the Center for Teaching Excellence are offering a small grant program to support full-time faculty who revise their curriculum to include high quality affordable materials to support student learning at minimal cost.

These materials may be:

  • newly created teaching materials,
  • open, publicly accessible materials and
  • subscribed resources (from the Boston College Libraries)
  • use of Canvas or Library Reserves to replace a coursepack
  • or any combination of the four.

The Provost has pledged financial support for this initiative and we invite you to help address this issue by engaging in a competitive grant process that will award $500-$2000 and a support team to faculty members who adopt a new curricular resource strategy.

Awards may be made based on the following criteria:

  • Savings per student over the previous course materials and projected number enrolled
  • Preference for course materials to be incorporated by Spring 2019
  • Creation of new publicly accessible materials strengthens the application. Deposit in eScholarship@BC is required.
  • Strength of the descriptions of expected outcomes, challenges, sustainability and methods of assessment in the submitted application form
Applicant information
Course information
Anticipated course offering required

What library, CTE or other support will your project require? (Choose all that apply.)