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Getting Ready for College

Our mission is to leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping students and families find their best-fit college at the lowest possible price. So in addition to helping our clients optimize their finances to increase need-based aid and improving test scores to increase merit aid, we recommend these resources to help families save money on college.



Freshman Year for Free

Offered by the nonprofit Modern States Education Alliance, the Freshman Year for Free program allows students to earn free college credits. Here’s how it works:

  1. Students take free online classes created by Modern States. The courses are taught by professors from top colleges and universities and prepare students to test out of introductory courses via CLEP exams.
  2. After completing each course, students take the corresponding CLEP exam for free via a voucher provided by Modern States.
  3. Students send their CLEP scores to their college or university to receive credit. More than 2,900 institutions accept CLEP credits.

ยป LEARN MORE: Watch our interview with the executive director of Modern States

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