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Entree to Freshman Year

In 2012, at the height of the MOOC craze, Klinsky, a venture capitalist and philanthropist, decided the nation needed a new, innovation-focused accreditor that would recognize specific courses for credit. So he joined forces with a former ED official, David A. Bergeron, then at the Center for American Progress, and set about creating one.

Press Releases Modern States

Modern States’ “Freshman Year for Free” Reaches 100,000 Registered Users Milestone

Modern States Education Alliance, a philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and accessible, today announced a key milestone: the registration of 100,000 students. The “Freshman Year for Free” initiative, which aspires to be a practical “on-ramp” into the traditional college system, enables learners of any age and background to earn academic credits […]

Press Releases Modern States

Modern States Education Alliance Partners With Jackson-Madison County Schools and the University of Memphis Lambuth to Provide Students With On-Ramp to College

Modern States Education Alliance, a philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and accessible, today announced a partnership with the Jackson-Madison County School System and the University of Memphis Lambuth to provide Jackson-Madison students the opportunity to earn free college credit while they are still in high school. The “Freshman Year for Free” […]

Articles The Washington Post

Here’s one way to cut the cost of college

So how can your child fill the gap between your expectations and what he or she can realistically contribute? Modern States Education Alliance, a New York City-based nonprofit organization, has a solution — and is paying for it. The nonprofit group was founded and funded by Steve Klinsky, chief executive of the private-equity firm New […]

Success Stories Modern States Success Stories

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 […]

Articles Sonoma Index-Tribune

Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Sept. 4

Free college: Modern States offers tuition-free, high quality courses online from top institutions for college credit. The courses prepare students for Advanced Placement and CLEP exams which are accepted for credit by more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Courses, textbooks and materials are free; all you need is internet access. Students who pass eight exams […]

Articles The Tech Edvocate

How OER Can Help Overcome the Higher Education Equity Barrier

The cornerstone of the American dream is the ability to succeed in life regardless of one’s family of origin. And, for most people, that requires a college education. Unfortunately, recent research shows that the most reliable ticket to the middle class—a college degree—is rather difficult for students from low-income families to obtain. While this problem […]

Articles Baltimore Sun

Freshman year can be free online for anyone

The American system of higher education is unparalleled. Our public and private institutions — including many right here in Baltimore— offer world-class opportunities in the sciences, humanities and arts, and prepare students for vibrant intellectual and professional lives. However, the benefits of this system are unequally distributed. A college education is unaffordable for many Americans, […]

Articles National Review

Reality Check with Jeanne Allen: Steve Klinsky

As Americans have watched the cost of traditional college and even the cost of preparation for college rise astronomically over the years, the result has been crushing student loan debt. It has also sadly shattered the dream of even attending college for millions of students. Steve Klinsky, investor, active philanthropist and long-time education reformer conceived […]

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