FREE COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

The attached message is being sent on behalf of the Commissioner of Education

 

Dear Educators,
 
Thank you, as always, for the great work you are doing under difficult circumstances. Across New Hampshire, most of our K-12 students are back in the classroom either full or part-time. Your experience with remote instruction has helped provide educational opportunities for students learning under a new hybrid model and for those who are still learning at home.

As students have adapted to remote instruction, they have improved their skills in self-directed online learning. This presents an opportunity to expand the choices we can offer them.

I am excited to announced a new partnership with Modern States Education Alliance to offer free, online courses, and free CLEP exams, giving New Hampshire high school students the chance to earn college credit at no cost. Modern States tuition-free online courses prepare students for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, which are accepted at 29,000 colleges and universities across the country, including the University System of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Community College System. Through our new partnership, Modern States will pay the $89 CLEP exam fee and proctoring fee for the first 1,000 .New Hampshire students who complete their courses. That will save our students the equivalent of $1.5 million in post-secondary tuition. Under New Hampshire’s competency-based system, students who demonstrate mastery may also be able to earn high school credit for these courses.

This is a tremendous new resource for Granite State families, and I wanted to make sure you could offer it to your students. This is a way to supplement the classroom instruction you are already providing, while giving students the ability to earn college credits for free. Modern States’ offers 32 courses, including foreign languages, math, science, English and economics. Courses are self-paced and designed to prepare students to pass the corresponding CLEP exam. There are six locations across New Hampshire where students can take the exams. The free, online courses are taught by professors from universities such as MIT, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, Rutgers, and George Washington.

You can learn more, including the complete list of 32 college-level courses, at https://modernstates.org/course/. I encourage you share this tremendous new resources with your students, giving them a chance to put their skills at self-directed online learning to work toward free college credit.

Thank you!

Frank Edelblut

Frank Edelblut | Commissioner of Education
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-3144