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Freshman Year for Free

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by Trevor Frank
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The Texas State University System is launching a new program aimed at helping students who are financially burdened called Freshmen Year for Free.

Spokesman for the Texas State University System, Mike Wintemute says the goal of the program is to give more people the chance to attend college.

“ The freshmen year for free program was launched by the modern state’s education alliances as a way to give more people the opportunity to earn a college degree with a little more attention to their individual budgets,” Wintemute said.

Students will be able to take up to 10 online courses during their first year of college through  massive open online courses or called MOOCs. These courses are offered by a wide variety of organizations including Harvard University and M.I.T..

“They can select the courses from a catalog that will be available,” Wintemute  said. “and these courses will apply towards a degree at any of our institutions. So they can select the courses and they can participate in the courses and when they complete the course the students can take one of two tests that are offered. One is the A.P. exam and the other is the College Level Education Plan that are offered through the college board and with a passing score the students would earn college credit for those courses.”

Courses taken through MOOCs are completely free, however the test students must take to receive credit for the course cost around $90 each.

The idea is that students can show up to their university with a year’s worth of work complete without paying a single tuition bill.

The program will begin for the Texas State University System starting in the fall of 2016.

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