The WSU Open/Alternative Textbook (OAT) Initiative is designed to expand the use of freely-available resources in our classes in an effort to address the rising cost of textbooks and the impact of that expense on our students. Courses with an OAT designation are visible to students in the course schedule so they can choose classes with low or no textbook costs.
Courses can be designated as either:
- OAT-Z: Zero ($0) textbook or other course material costs
- OAT-L: Low (under $50) textbook or other course material costs
Application deadlines for the OAT-Z or OAT-L designation:
- September 30 for new Spring semester courses
- February 15 for new Fall semester courses
This program has been modified from the original design. There is no longer a course fee associated with these course designations. (The OAT grant program funded by these fees is also no longer available).