Washington State University threw its support behind legislation Tuesday that calls for a pilot program to fund small grants to increase the use of no cost or low cost open educational resources.

House Bill 1561 is a holdover from last year and was voted off the House floor 72-24 earlier this session. Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee was its first of session. You can view WSU’s testimony below.

The bill would establish the grant program with the Washington Student Achievement Council, which dole out grants if funded for them. WSU already has self-funded small grant programs and use of open educational resources has been spreading as a result, particularly at campuses in Vancouver and Pullman and the Global Campus.