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Meet James Hulce

As a teenager, James Hulce saw his plans for college derailed by health issues. He renewed that dream through online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and found Modern States. James passed seven CLEP exams after studying for free with Modern States, earning 30 credits — his entire freshman year of college. He recently finished his bachelor’s […]

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Steps you can take now to avoid college sticker shock

Another is to take AP courses. If their high school doesn’t offer them, there is a program called Freshman Year for Free offered by the Modern States Education Alliance. It provides free AP placement courses and pays the fee for students to take the AP tests or college-level preparation (CLEP) tests administered through the College […]

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How Families Can Reduce College Expenses By 25% Or More

There are many ways to save money on a college degree, although not all of them will work for every student. You can opt to attend community college, then transfer to a four-year university to finish up their program. You can live at home attending college and commute to class, or you can pursue a […]

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Meet Rick Casey

Rick Casey, director of testing services at Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida, shares his views on the value of Modern States and CLEP as a tool for students seeking to save money and time while earning college credits.

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Meet Jacob Mutter

Jacob Mutter, a Tennessee high school student, is the salutatorian of his senior class. He passed eight CLEP exams after studying with Modern States and is headed to Tennessee Tech in the fall of 2024.

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Meet Abbi Macmurdo

Louisiana high school assistant principal Abbi Macmurdo has become a champion for Modern States, aligning the courses with school curriculums to give students an opportunity to be successful in CLEP exams, while also introducing the philanthropy to other school administrators in her state.

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Meet Ryan Wetherington

Ryan Wetherington graduated high school in 2006 and got to work, holding a series of jobs ranging from front desk clerk at motel to various food and beverage jobs. Almost two decades later, he had just about given up on his hopes of higher education when he was introduced to Modern States. He’s now working […]

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Modern States Education Alliance Receives $600,000 Grant From the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to Advance Educational Initiatives

Grant Is Among the Largest Gifts Received in Organization’s History Modern States Education Alliance (“Modern States”), the nation’s leading philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and accessible for everyone, announced a $600,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. The gift, to be awarded over two years, is among the largest Modern […]

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Meet Charlie Tobler

Charlie Tobler put off college to become a farrier, shoeing horses for several years before deciding to go back to school. He earned 48 completely free college credits through Modern States and CLEP, part of an effort that allowed him to graduate from Thomas Edison State University in under one year.

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Meet Preet Patel

Preet Patel, a 21-year-old pilot, passed 11 CLEP exams after studying with Modern States. He used the results as dual credit, graduating high school early through Florida’s College Acceleration Program while earning 33 college credits. The effort helped to shave four years off Preet’s education journey, jump-starting his career in the sky.

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Adversity training

In 2019 [Logan Lathrop] deployed to Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait with the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, where his IT work was “more big-picture and more technical,” he says, though he can’t reveal more. The deployment was stressful, and not just for the usual reasons: he worried he would lose his motivation for college. […]

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