Rutgers University Librarian's Academic Excellence - Rutgers Giving Day

Rutgers University Librarian's Academic Excellence

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Toward A More Affordable Education

A college education is already expensive. The cost of course materials should not add to the burden. According to NJPIRG, 65% of students report that they have skipped buying or renting an assigned textbook because of costs. Gifts to the University Librarian's Academic Excellence Fund help support our Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program, which to date has saved students across the university over $3.5 million in the cost of course materials.

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Thanks To Our Recent Donors!


When you support the University Librarian’s Academic Excellence Fund, you help students in Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences save money on their course materials.

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Donations will be used to fund the Libraries’ OAT Program, which awards Rutgers faculty who make their courses more affordable for their students by using low-cost materials, library content, or open educational resources.

Why are donations necessary?

According to the College Board, the average undergraduate student should budget between $1,200 and $1,300 for textbooks and supplies each year. That’s as much as 13% of tuition at a four-year public institution! Supporting initiatives like the OAT Program helps reduce this burden on students and allows them to focus on what really matters—their studies.