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 people with student debt totaling over $1.3 trillion. Tuition and fees at four-year public colleges jumped 71 percent over the last decade and continue to climb.

In response, we recently launched Modern States Education Alliance, a non-profit providing an on-ramp to an affordable and accessible college education. The “Freshman Year for Free” program, which includes over 40 core college classes, along with textbooks and materials, is available online for students of all backgrounds at no cost. 

The courses are designed to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests offered by the College Board and are taught by professors from Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and other top universities. As part of our non-profit, Modern States is also paying the College Board test fee ($85 per exam) for the first 10,000 exams. More than 2,900 public colleges and universities offer credit to students who pass the AP or CLEP exams. A student can take as many courses as they desire.

Modern States’ mission is to provide top quality, free courses that lead to full traditional academic credits for students pursuing a better future for themselves and their communities.

Modern States has 31,000 young people enrolled in classes – as many as a major public university. While still relatively new, our initiative is already beneficial for students who are ambitious, empowered and motivated. For example, Ava Byrne, a 16-year-old high school student, is determined to become a music therapist. Although college is a few years away, Ava is getting a head start on earning her college credits through Modern States now.

For more information or to register for a course, visit www.ModernStates.org. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity and tell others about it, too. We’re rooting for you to succeed!

The Modern States Team