Freshman year for free? Sounds too good to be true. But maybe not.
A philanthropist working with edX, an online learning project run by MIT and Harvard, is offering to give students a year's worth of course credits by attending online classes to prep students for “Advanced Placement” (AP) or “College Level Examination Program” (CLEP) tests offered by the College Board, including subjects such as History, Computer Science, Math, English and Economics.
Those students who pass the tests will have earned course credits that can be applied at more than 2,000 traditional colleges and universities. Students can take up to a full year’s worth of courses, pass the tests, and then have the course credits applied after they enroll in traditional college. Tuition and textbooks are free.