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H.R.3538: Affordable College Textbook Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about education
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Sponsor Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas
Total Cosponsors 47 (46 Democrats, 1 Independent)
Introduced Nov. 19, 2013
Latest Major Action Nov. 19, 2013
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the House   
  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill passed in the Senate   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

Affordable College Textbook Act - Directs the Secretary of Education to make competitive grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to support pilot programs that expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students.

Requires the grants to be used for:

  • professional development for IHE faculty and staff, including the search for and review of open textbooks;
  • the creation or adaptation of open educational resources, especially open textbooks;
  • the development or improvement of tools and informational resources that support the use of open textbooks;
  • research evaluating the efficacy of using open textbooks to achieve savings for students; and
  • partnerships with other entities to carry out the preceding activities.

Requires the full and complete digital content of the educational resources created or adopted using such grant funds to be made available free of charge to the public...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 19, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.