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White PALSave logo against green backgroundPALNI Affordable Learning Program

Making Education More Affordable and Accessible

$2.2 M







PALNI Schools


Supported by a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant, PALSave supports student success and retention by fostering the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). The program provides collaborative resources and a framework for OER awareness, education, and engagement. In addition, it funds and supports faculty adoptions of affordable learning materials to enhance the teaching and learning missions of private higher education in Indiana. PALNI-supported campuses are affiliate members of the Open Education Network through this initiative.

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Faculty Workshops

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Grants and Stipends

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Outreach Resources

Why OER?

Did you know that 65% of students nationwide have not purchased a textbook because of cost? OER provides a low or no cost option. Through PALSave you can:

  • Improve students success and retention
  • Customize course materials
  • Retain academic freedom
  • Showcase innovation and talent.
"As someone who struggled to buy textbooks in college, I want to help lower the exorbitant financial burden students face by offering open-source texts in my courses. Last semester, I utilized such a resource for my BIO 390 - Brain and Diseases course, and the students appreciated and learned from the online text. Thank you, PALNI!"
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Dr. Nipun Chopra, Assistant Professor of Biology, DePauw University
2022 PALSave Open Educator Award Recipient

PALSave News

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Contact Us

For more information about PALSave and to get involved on your campus, email the PALSave team.

Meet the PALSave Team

This team started in 2018 after PALNI’s Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force completed an environmental scan of peer programs, resulting in a preliminary project plan identifying components for future work. 

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Amanda Hurford

PALSave Chair


Pictured is Caitlin Balgeman wearing a green shirt with the Marian University logo in the background

Caitlin Balgeman    

Team Member

Marian University

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Heather Myers               

Team Member


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Jennifer Coronado

Team Member

Butler University

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Jessica Mahoney

Team Member

Franklin College

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Karla Fribley

Team Member

Earlham College

Pictured is Jill Noyes

Jill Noyes

Team Member

Trine University

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General Info


Open Education Network 

As an affiliate of the Open Education Network, PALNI has access to a collection of community-created, openly licensed resources to support you in conducting OEN workshops and promoting OER initiatives at your institution.