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Articles Breitbart

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 […]

Articles Inside Higher Ed

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 […]

Articles Houston Chronicle

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 […]

Articles KXAN

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 […]

Articles The Texas Tribune

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 […]

Articles Gates Notes

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 […]

Articles Wired

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 […]

Articles Education Dive

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 […]

Press Releases Modern States

“Freshman Year for Free” Press Announcement

MODERN STATES ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR FRESHMAN YEAR FOR FREE COLLABORATES WITH EDX TO FUND DEVELOPMENT OF MORE THAN 20 FREE ONLINE COURSES OVER THE NEXT YEAR New York, NY and Cambridge, MA — January 15, 2015 — Today the non-profit Modern States Education Alliance announced a major new initiative — “Freshman Year for Free” — […]

Articles The Washington Post

Donor seeks to offer ‘freshman year for free’ through online college courses

By Nick Anderson, Washington Post Source: The Washington Post Also appeared on the Ames Tribune President Obama is proposing to make community college tuition-free for qualified students nationwide. But what if anyone could take the first year of college free online? A New York philanthropist announced a $1 million donation Wednesday that aims to make […]

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