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Purdue Launches Fast Start Program for Indiana High School Students

April 28, 2020
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Partnership with Modern can help families save thousands of dollars a year on college tuition

• Free online courses and exams can save students up to one full year
• Five exams can save almost $11,000 and assure admission into Purdue
• Partnership with philanthropy and Klinsky family creates affordable “on-ramp to college” for all Indiana residents and sets a new role model for nation

Purdue University is empowering students to direct their own futures through a new initiative, the free Purdue Fast Start program. Fast Start, which could save Indiana families thousands of dollars, gives promising scholars the opportunity to take their first steps toward a Purdue degree.

Fast Start, made possible through Purdue’s partnership with the philanthropic online learning program Modern States, provides free online courses and textbooks plus vouchers to pay for credit-bearing exams. Passing five courses, the corresponding College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, and meeting Purdue’s standard admissions requirements assures admission into Purdue.

This innovative partnership will create opportunities for Indiana students to take giant leaps in their education with a new pathway to Purdue. The move also aligns with Purdue’s land-grant mission and its commitment to affordability and accessibility. Since 2012-13, Purdue has frozen tuition for nine consecutive years, allowing more and more students than ever to graduate debt-free.

Visit for complete details on the Purdue Fast Start program.

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