Modern States, a philanthropy dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and accessible to everyone, has announced a partnership with Morgan State University in Baltimore, designed to help Maryland high school students earn up to a year of college credit at no cost.
Modern States will provide at least 10,000 free online college courses and credit-bearing exams to prospective students. This will save over $10 million in tuition and expenses for HBCU students. The Morgan Fast Start program will mirror a similar Fast Start initiative launched by Modern States and Purdue University in 2020.
Morgan State University will offer assured admission to Maryland high school students who pass four Modern States courses and pass the corresponding credit-bearing exams. The four courses and exams can save students more than $8,000. The Fast Start option also can move students toward early graduation and early entry into the workforce.
“We are excited to be the first HBCU selected to partner on the Fast Start Program. Together we will increase the number of college-ready students in Maryland while decreasing the cost of a college education,” said Kara Turner, vice president for enrollment management and student success at Morgan State University. “Students who complete the Morgan Fast Start Program will be able to potentially shave a semester or even a year off the time it takes to complete their Morgan degree and that will appeal to a number of prospective students.”