The college admissions scandal exposed something most Americans already knew – that some families have the wealth and influence to pave the way for a better education for their children. The reality for most people, however, as evidenced by student debt exceeding $1.5 trillion, is that college affordability is a barrier to furthering their education. Whether you’re still in high school, a current undergrad trying to finish in time or an adult learner going back to school, it’s imperative that we understand there are alternative paths to receiving college credit available today.
In response to this growing issue, Modern States Education Alliance, a philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and accessible to everyone, provides top quality online college courses and online textbooks for free. The courses prepare students to take the corresponding CLEP exam, which with a passing grade, can earn learners college credits at 2,900 traditional universities, from Ohio State to Morehouse. CLEP exams are offered by the College Board and Modern States also pays the testing fee ($87) for learners who compete its courses.
Steve Klinsky, founder and CEO of Modern States Education Alliance discusses the state of the higher education system in America and how his organization addresses the college affordability problem. He will also share some of the student success stories, as well as the path that led him towards education philanthropy.