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We’ve Extended Our Offer to Provide CLEP Vouchers

Modern States Freshman Year For Free OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO EARN FREE COLLEGE CREDIT A new, high-quality path to free college credit is launching this year. The goal of the pilot program, dubbed “Freshman Year for Free,” is to make college more accessible and affordable for high school students, college students and adult learners, including […]


Freshman Year For Free!

Source: Freshman Year For Free! BY EVA Freshman year for free? Yes! And yes, I mean FREE. No catches, no gimmicks, FREE! If you have visited TGC’s for any length of time you know there are very few things that really get me fired up. I mean, over the top giddy, and I am so […]


How to Really Make College Free

Source:  RealClearPolitics As President-elect Trump reviews policy ideas to help poor and working class citizens and to “make America great again”, there is one education idea that is both exceptionally simple to implement and exceptionally valuable. Namely, create a national digital public library of online college courses, available to everyone on a tuition free basis. […]

New non-profit organization dedicated to “Freshman Year for Free”

CONTACT: DAVID VISE (202) 439-0318; December 17, 2014. A new non-profit group, the Modern States Education Alliance, was launched in New York today. Its goal is to create a path to a tuition free, high quality and universally accessible college education for any motivated student who seeks one. The founding principle of Modern States […]


Breitbart: Texas State University Boasts ‘Freshman Year For Free’ Program

Imagine no college tuition or loans — at least for one year, the freshman year. The Texas State University System (TSUS) boasts they will do just that in 2016, rolling out the Freshman Year for Free program, except it is not totally free, nor is it actually for everyone. Texas State University System (TSUS) announced last Thursday that it teamed up […]


Would-Be Disruptor Shifts Gears

Source: Inside Higher Ed Modern States Education Alliance, an organization initially billed as an accreditor for nontraditional providers of education, is changing its focus and taking a more direct route to increasing access to higher education, its founders say. David Bergeron and Steven Klinsky, two of the founders behind Modern States, previewed their concept for […]


Texas university system rolls out “free freshman” program

Source: The Houston Chronicle The Texas State University System is trying to level the playing field for older students with an innovative, virtual program that will allow them to earn up to a year’s worth of college credit before stepping foot on campus. The “Freshman Year for Free” initiative gives non-traditional students the chance to […]


Free tuition your freshman year? It’s possible at Texas State

Source: KXAN News Student debt can be debilitating. To help reduce the cost of higher education, Texas State University in San Marcos is launching its “Freshman Year for Free” program to help new students cut back on tuition. The program was created through a partnership with Modern States Education Alliance. It will allow prospective students […]


Free Freshman Year? Texas State Hopes To Try It Out

Source: Matthew Watkins for The Texas Tribune The Texas State University System has an idea for future students busy with families and jobs: Don’t even show up on campus freshman year. Starting next fall, the school plans to encourage nontraditional students to take free massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, before they arrive on […]

Gates Foundation: Better Software Will Revolutionize Learning

In its 2015 Gates Annual Letter, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation predicts that better software will revolutionize learning stating, “online courses — will be a global asset, available to anyone with a smartphone or tablet.” Modern States Education Alliance is in the forefront of developing online classes geared toward specific paths or requirements with […]


The Grand Plan to Give Everyone a Free Year of Online College

Source: Wired One of the boldest proposals of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address was his $60 billion plan to make community college free. And, yes, it’s also one of the most controversial. Some, like The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Alter, have likened the idea to the G.I. Bill, calling it “a powerful engine […]

Philanthropist proposes MOOCs as a ‘free’ freshman year

By Keith Button, Education Dive Source: Education Dive If the Obama $60 billion free community college tuition plan was ever enacted — a big if with Republicans controlling Congress — the free-first-year idea could offer a like-minded path for students who choose four-year schools. Klinsky’s idea also would tap one of the strengths of MOOCs […]

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