Rutgers University announced the recipients of 32 faculty grants to encourage the use of open textbooks. This marks the end of the university’s two-year pilot program to promote open textbooks.

Rutgers’ Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) program awarded grants worth $1000 each to faculty members and instructors who chose to use open textbooks. The program is expected to save students an estimated $1.6 million in textbook costs over the next year.

The OAT program was implemented in response to advocacy by students and student groups, including NJPIRG Student Chapters. NJPIRG published a series of research reports on textbook prices which helped make the case for creating the pilot program.

Read more about the Rutgers program here.