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I’m a first-year law student & earned free college credit

By Mohammed Mafouz This fall marks my first semester as a law school student at the University of Baltimore – this is the very start of my plan for the next four years. I finished my undergraduate degree a year in advance so I could begin law school by the time I was 21-years-old. My […]

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“I Took the Scenic Route”

Almost 30 years ago, Kerri Cook Halligan earned her GED, began community college and started a family. She soon found herself pulled in too many directions and put her education on hold.In November 2018, she began using Modern States to prepare for and pass the Human Growth and Development CLEP exam. She passed six CLEPs […]

Articles Louisiana Radio Network

Incoming college students can earn college credits through a web based curriculum

Modern States Education Alliance is offering a “Freshman Year For Free” at their website which allows students to take CLEP eligible courses by nationally renowned professors, without paying thousands of dollars. Founder Steve Klinsky says the classes give credits that can be transferred to major colleges like LSU. Klinsky says his program is the “Netflix” […]

Articles KTAR News

Freshman Year for Free program makes no-cost college a reality

Students can take college courses at no cost thanks to a program called Freshman Year for Free. The program offers more than 40 freshman-level classes taught online by professors from across the country. David Vise, executive director of the Modern States Education Alliance, the philanthropy behind the program, said it gave students an “on-ramp to […]

Articles Washington Examiner

‘Freshman year for free’: This entrepreneur is revolutionizing education

“If Abe Lincoln were reincarnated,” education entrepreneur Steve Klinsky told Red Alert Politics in a phone interview, “there should be a way for that type of person to get an education.” Pointing to the largely self-educated and rurally located Lincoln as an example, Klinsky noted that education should reach all who seek it. His newest […]

Articles Washington Examiner

New ‘Freshman Year for Free’ program is changing the lives of college-bound students

As the cost of college education continues to skyrocket and the current model of higher education resists changing its traditional model, some educational entrepreneurs are working to reduce barriers to entry for prospective college students with financial struggles. One such intervention, labeled the “Freshman Year for Free” program, formally launched in the summer of 2017 […]

Articles Financial Times

Spare a thought for the music halls

…Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are one of the most commonly cited examples of education on the internet but there are other signs of digital lecturing gathering momentum. In the US, for example, a non-profit called Modern States pays prominent academics to record lectures, and then uses these recordings as free online educational materials for […]

Articles Accuracy in Academia

Final Step in Ascendancy of Online Education?

The Modern States Education Alliance may provide just that. “In short, Modern States works like a global digital public library of great college courses,” Steve Klinsky, the founder, explains in The Washington Monthly. “If you visit, you will find state-of-the-art, totally tuition-free online courses in over 40 major freshman subjects, along with free online […]

Articles Washington Monthly

Earning College Credits For Free

A reform-minded philanthropist has partnered with leading universities to create a top-notch library of online college courses. Students who excel can earn academic credits–and the equivalent of their full freshman year for free.

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First Student Earns College Freshman Year for Free From Modern States Education Alliance

Modern States Education Alliance, a philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and accessible, today announced a significant milestone: the program’s first student to earn their entire freshman year of college tuition-free since the site launched in 2017. William Rush, a 17-year-old high school senior in Vancouver, Washington, earned a free year’s worth […]

Articles City Journal

Return of the MOOCs

About five years ago, college presidents, software developers, and education reformers predicted that “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, would spur a revolution in higher education and a new era of flexible, affordable learning. The New York Times’s Education Life declared 2012 the “Year of the MOOC,” with a cover feature.

Articles HOBY Blog

Freshman Year for Free!

A student who takes a Modern States course and passes the corresponding exam can gain credit at a traditional university at no cost. Access to education is fundamental to a world that respects every individual, yet college affordability is one of our nation’s most rapidly growing social problems. Today, there are more than 44 million […]

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