Chico Affordable Learning Solutions (CAL$)

What is ZCCM?

The Zero Cost Course Materials (ZCCM) designation identifies courses with zero cost for any learning materials (digital, printed text, or supplies).

At Chico State, faculty or departments are to report all course materials as well as any courses with zero cost to the Wildcat Bookstore, who help to make this information public.

Why Designate a Course ZCCM

The Higher Education Opportunity Act(opens in new window) (HEOA, 2008) requires that all course materials are made known to students at the time of registration “to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials.”

California Senate Bill 1359 mandates that CSU and Community College campuses clearly indicate free course materials on the schedule, ensuring students know they don't need to purchase them.

For more information on the legislation, visit the CSU Zero Cost Course Material site(opens in new window).