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Articles TestBright

Earning Advance College Credit

Millions complain about costly college tuition and soaring student debt. On “Tests and the Rest,” David Vise, who runs Modern States “Freshman Year for Free,” reveals real proven ways you can slash the cost of college now.

Success Stories Modern States Success Stories

How to Get Your Associate’s Degree Before Graduating High School

And a bachelor’s degree on your 19th birthday; and an MBA five months later Ahmad Salem is doing life his way, and he’s crushing it. Full of motivation, Salem was a 16-year-old high-school junior when he began working full-time in retail after school and during weekends. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, his plan was to […]

Press Releases Modern States

Modern States Becomes Largest “Free College for Credit” System in the United States

Continued Growth of “Freshman Year for Free” Program Highlights Need for Alternative Pathways to College for Students of All Ages and Backgrounds Over 300,000 registered students to date; nearly 50,000 credit-bearing exams taken by students Students have saved more than $75 million on college tuition by turning to Modern States “Freshman Year for Free” program creates an […]

Articles Inside Higher Ed

Don’t Ignore CLEP to Improve Student Transfer

To the Editors: I recently read “A Recommendation to ‘Reset,’ Not ‘Fix,’ Broken Transfer System,” by Doug Lederman, and was astounded by the exclusion of the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) by name in the Tackling Transfer Advisory Board’s full report. As a nationally recognized program capable of helping learners earn credit for […]

Success Stories Modern States Success Stories

Spreading Modern States’ Story Throughout the Universe?

Raghav Chari discovered his life’s ambition in third grade. Things have been looking up ever since. “We had independent reading time, and I didn’t find any enjoyment in it at all,” Chari, 17, said in an interview. “But there was this one astronomy book and it had pictures of stars and black holes. I liked […]

Articles Chalkbeat

You’ve heard of AP exams. Why not CLEP?

Up until this point, CLEP exams were most popular with undergraduate students looking for a quick way to plug any last-minute holes in their credit requirements. Modern States, a New York-based philanthropy dedicated to making college more accessible and affordable, is changing that. The organization is now focused on getting high school students to take […]

Articles University Business

Fast Start: HBCU aims to expand access in partnership

Since 2017, the nonprofit Modern States Education Alliance has helped more than 280,000 students take free courses through edX to prepare for the College Level Examination Program from the College Board. An offshoot of the program, Modern States last year forged a partnership with Purdue University on a guaranteed admissions initiative called Fast Start for […]

Articles Diverse

Modern States Education Alliance, Morgan State University Partner to Address College Affordability Challenges

With student debt loan rising—which currently exceeds $30,000 on average for recent graduates—non-profit Modern States Education Alliance™ sought to address the college affordability problem. The solution? Offering the ability for prospective students to earn college credit at no cost. As part of the Fast Start initiative, which was first launched at Purdue University in 2020, […]

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