Congress to Renew Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program with $7 Million Appropriation | SPARC
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Renewed and Strengthened Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program Will Help Save Students Millions
A bipartisan budget agreement reached in the U.S. Congress will renew and strengthen the federal Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program with $7 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2020—a $2 million increase over previous years. Supported by advocates of higher education affordability, the renewal of this program for a third year is a resounding endorsement of the positive benefits that open textbooks can achieve for students. The funding is included in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, part of a $1.37 trillion budget package that Congress is expected to approve this week.
The Open Textbook Pilot offers grants to colleges and universities to implement programs that reduce the cost of textbooks through expanding the use of open educational resources—textbooks and other materials that are free for people everywhere to use and repurpose. The Fiscal Year 2020 renewal of the Open Textbook Pilot:
- Provides $7 million for grants to institutions of higher education to be awarded by December 31, 2020.
- Directs the Department of Education to follow notice and comment procedures and to offer at least 60 days to submit applications.
- Ensures that all open textbooks and other materials created under the grants are openly licensed and shared with the public.
- Specifies that there should be a “significant” number of grants to ensure that multiple projects are funded