Students can stay on track toward their college degree by taking advantage of free online courses developed by Modern States Education Alliance and its newly launched program, NYC x Freshman Year for Free.
COVID-19 impacted students worldwide. Senior years were interrupted and college plans for the fall were put on hold for many. NYC x Freshman Year for Free aims to help select NYC students in the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 remain on the path to college during this time of uncertainty. It can help college-bound students earn a stipend of up to $150 per course while also saving them and their families up to 25% on the cost of college.
NYC x Freshman Year for Free is offered by Modern States, a NYC-based philanthropy which helps make college more affordable and accessible. Its free online courses are self-paced and prepare students for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams in many subject areas.
Modern States offers tuition-free online courses, taught by college professors, that can lead to college credit. Course offerings include:
The CLEP exams, administered by the College Board, are accepted for credit by more than 2,900 colleges and universities – including SUNY and some CUNY schools. NYC x FYFF participants are encouraged to see which courses their college(s) of interest will accept for credit and enroll in courses accordingly; learners can take more than one at a time if they would like.
Modern States is America’s leading free college program. It is entirely free for students with no barrier to entry and provides a great opportunity for learners to prepare for CLEP exams and earn real college credit, free of charge. Taught by college professors from top universities, this digital public library of courses is a great resource for students looking to further their education at their own pace.
In addition to Modern States paying the $89 CLEP exam fee, learners will earn a $50 stipend for taking a course and completing a CLEP exam; they will earn a $150 stipend for completing a course and passing the corresponding CLEP exam.
Courses, textbooks and all related materials are free. There is zero cost to participate. Teachers from across NYC schools are serving as tutors and mentors. They will hold group tutoring sessions via Zoom and be available to address questions and concerns from students.
Verify eligibility to participate in NYC x Freshman Year for Free here. Students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 from over 20 NYC high schools are included.
There are no prerequisites for the ten courses that are available, and all are self-paced. After completing the coursework and practice questions, request a voucher from Modern States to pay for your CLEP exam. Once exam results are received, participants can collect their stipend from NYC x Freshman Year for Free.
By participating in NYC x Freshman Year for Free, students can stay on track for college while also earning cash.