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Articles Washington Examiner

New ‘Freshman Year for Free’ program is changing the lives of college-bound students

As the cost of college education continues to skyrocket and the current model of higher education resists changing its traditional model, some educational entrepreneurs are working to reduce barriers to entry for prospective college students with financial struggles. One such intervention, labeled the “Freshman Year for Free” program, formally launched in the summer of 2017 […]

Articles Financial Times

Spare a thought for the music halls

…Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are one of the most commonly cited examples of education on the internet but there are other signs of digital lecturing gathering momentum. In the US, for example, a non-profit called Modern States pays prominent academics to record lectures, and then uses these recordings as free online educational materials for […]

Articles Accuracy in Academia

Final Step in Ascendancy of Online Education?

The Modern States Education Alliance may provide just that. “In short, Modern States works like a global digital public library of great college courses,” Steve Klinsky, the founder, explains in The Washington Monthly. “If you visit, you will find state-of-the-art, totally tuition-free online courses in over 40 major freshman subjects, along with free online […]

Articles Washington Monthly

Earning College Credits For Free

A reform-minded philanthropist has partnered with leading universities to create a top-notch library of online college courses. Students who excel can earn academic credits–and the equivalent of their full freshman year for free.

Articles City Journal

Return of the MOOCs

About five years ago, college presidents, software developers, and education reformers predicted that “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, would spur a revolution in higher education and a new era of flexible, affordable learning. The New York Times’s Education Life declared 2012 the “Year of the MOOC,” with a cover feature.

Articles HOBY Blog

Freshman Year for Free!

A student who takes a Modern States course and passes the corresponding exam can gain credit at a traditional university at no cost. Access to education is fundamental to a world that respects every individual, yet college affordability is one of our nation’s most rapidly growing social problems. Today, there are more than 44 million […]

Articles Times-News

Partnership offers students chance at free college credits

A philanthropic organization aimed at making college more affordable and accessible is partnering with the county school system and local agencies to offer tuition-free courses. Modern States Education Alliance announced a partnership with Henderson County Public Schools and the local chapters of the NAACP and El Centro. The organizations will work together to help area […]


Freshman Year of College Free? Thomas Jefferson High School students are pursuing it.

The National Title I Association recently named Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies a National Title I Distinguished School. The Gretna high school is one of only two schools in Louisiana and around 100 nationally the group recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2017. Principal Andrew Vincent credited the achievement in part to expanded […]


Free Online CLEP Training Available

Did you know that the CLEP test can give you college credits for a fraction of the cost of regular college courses? Currently CLEP tests cost around $80 each, but you probably know that military members can take the CLEP test for free, and veterans can use their GI Bill to pay for tests. Well […]

Articles My College Planning Team

Freshman Year for Free!

The name itself sounds appealing to anyone looking to cut the cost of college—the “Freshman Year for Free” program. Launched in August 2017 by Modern States Educational Alliance, the program provides more than 40 free online courses taught by top professors from top schools. Once students complete a course, they take an AP or CLEP […]

Articles Inside Philanthropy

“A Moral Imperative.” What’s This Finance Guy Doing to Help Kids Succeed?

Steve Klinsky, the founder and CEO of New Mountain Capital, has been catching headlines lately with his new philanthropic initiative Freshman Year for Free, but it’s hardly his first foray in education philanthropy. Klinsky got his start in the business world at Goldman Sachs in the 1980s. About a decade later, he opened an after-school […]

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