GFA Initiative's Big Deal: Start Your University Freshman Year on and Pay For Credit if You Pass

This is a big deal.

EdX has partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to create Global Freshman Academy (GFA), a disruptive initiative that will offer full university freshman level courses for credit on “This a unique way to start your undergraduate education,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO.

The Global Freshman Academy is designed to allow incoming and returning freshmen as well as educators and lifelong learners to take courses and finish university in less time, while earning ASU credit in a cost-effective way.

Students find the available credit-bearing courses and enroll at  They get university credit and pay for it only if they successfully pass the courses. No transcript submission or application process is required in order to earn credit. See how it works in the video above.

Upcoming Global Freshman Academy courses are:

There is also a self-paced, orientation course to introduce learners, teachers, and higher education leaders to the Global Freshman Academy.

Read: MOOCs for (a Year’s) Credit on the Chronicle of Higher Education