May 17, 2022

Florida International University Online Spearheads Launch of Statewide Affordable Textbook Initiative

From Florida International University:

FIU Online has spearheaded the launch of a statewide initiative that keeps the costs of textbooks and materials under $60 per course.

Affordability Counts is a faculty-driven program in which professors commit to keeping the cost of materials for their courses at an affordable price. FIU Online, which piloted the initiative, recently launched an online platform that is being adopted by universities across the state of Florida.


To help faculty members make the transition to low-cost materials, the newly launched Affordability Counts website,, features a directory of statewide courses and free or low-cost resources that can be used to teach the subjects. Students looking for courses with low-cost materials can look up their professors on the website and see if they have made the pledge.


The website allows faculty at all Florida state universities to find low-cost materials by searching a database of courses using the state’s common numbering system. The course materials in the database come from a wide array of disciplines and can be used for courses in many degree programs. Faculty can also submit their courses to become Affordability Counts certified and receive their medallion status on the website.

Direct to

Affordability Counts Partners

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Southern Florida
About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.