Affordability Initiatives

Professor speaks to his class in language lab, CAS
Professor Scott Hartley, wearing protective glasses, talks with students in the lab, CAS

AI: Course Pack Consultation Service

In an effort to help address affordability issues in higher education, the Miami University Libraries and the Provost Office is excited to announce a new affordable learning (AL) grant initiative, the Course Pack Consultation Service (CSPS), that allows faculty to reduce or eliminate the costs associated with readings-based course packs for students.

Faculty participating in the CSPS will be awarded $200 in professional development funds at the conclusion of the consultation.

To be eligible for this grant program, faculty must:

  • Currently be using a readings-based course pack (e.g. articles and book chapters) that students are required to purchase.
  • Agree to use Canvas for making reading accessible to students moving forward.

Those interested in participating in this grant program should complete the application form. Applications are considered on a rolling basis during the academic year. Processing priority will based upon the number of students in the course, the cost of the course pack, and when the course is next being taught.

Questions about this application or program should be directed to Carla Myers, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, at 513-529-3935 or

View the video for an overview of the Course Pack Consultation Service. (Miami login required)

AI: Alternate Textbook (Coming Soon!)

One-time amount for working successfully with Carla Myers (Scholarly Communications Coordinator) as well as your Subject Liaison Librarian to identify educational resources that students can access for free (through the Library) that can serve as a substitute for a textbook. Amount of funding (ranging from $500-750) will depend on the number of students impacted and/or the complexity of securing the identified resources.