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Congressman Neguse Secures $5 Million in Federal Funding for Affordable Textbooks Pilot Program

June 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Today, a provision from Congressman Joe Neguse to provide for $5 million for the Affordable College Textbooks Pilot program passed on the U.S. House floor. The provision was included in an appropriations minibus package which would fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in FY2020. The funding secured by Congressman Neguse will help tackle textbooks costs for students across the country, by providing grants to colleges and universities to expand open education resources.

“The cost of college textbooks should not be a barrier for any student to access higher education,” said Congressman Neguse. “Many students are already stretched thin financially to afford the education they need, and then must pay on average over $1,000 per year on textbooks to be well-equipped for their classes. Open access textbooks are helping students all across the country to ensure they have the resources they need to succeed and this federal funding will ensure that we continue to invest in open education resources to allow for more students to access this beneficial programs.”

Congressman Neguse recently joined the Colorado Department of Education’s Open Education Resources Conference to discuss his efforts at the federal level to expand this program. Additionally, he introduced bicameral legislation in April to expand open access textbooks on college campuses.