MCCC Announces New Partnership Offering Free College Credits


WEST WINDSOR – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) has been selected by the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and Modern States Education Alliance to participate in a pilot partnership that reduces the barriers to college by providing students with the opportunity to earn free college credit. The partnership with Modern States furthers the goals outlined in New Jersey's State Plan for Higher Education which aims to prepare a larger segment of the population for “a high-quality credential or degree by 2025.”

“Mercer County Community College is delighted to join New Jersey OSHE, Modern States, Thomas Edison State University and Centenary University in an innovative partnership to provide high-quality options supporting degree completion. Specifically, this partnership will allow eligible students to earn college credits through high-quality preparation and standardized College Level Examination Program examinations free of charge. It is an additional pathway to college completion without the cost barrier,” said Dr. Jianping Wang, President of Mercer County Community College.

Modern States is a non-profit organization that provides high-quality courses and other learning materials to individuals free of charge, with the goal of the program being “Freshman Year for Free.” Students are able to take courses at their own pace, and, once they have successfully completed a course, Modern States will provide a voucher to take the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for free. CLEP exams are offered by The College Board and normally cost $89.

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Mercer County Community College will offer students the opportunity to earn free college credits through an innovative new program with Modern States Educational Alliance. For more information, visit or visit