ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of dollars have been allocated for a second year in a row to help students enrolled in New York's public colleges off-set the high cost of textbooks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the second round of funding for the Open Education Resources initiative includes $8 million for the State University of New York and the City University of New York. The Democrat says students at SUNY and CUNY schools can shell out as much as $1,200 a year on textbooks.

The state program offers free high-quality books and other materials for downloading, editing and sharing.

State officials say the OER program's second year will place textbooks in more than 8,000 course sections with enrollments totaling nearly 175,000 students.

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