Is Tuition-Free the Same as Free Learning?

In order to clear up any confusion, we want to take this opportunity to clarify exactly what UoPeople provides.

University of the People provides universal access to tuition-free online post-secondary education to qualified students in order that students may be able to overcome any geographic or financial limitations and access higher learning.

We have a tuition-free model whereby there is no charge for the cost of instruction, books, teachers or annual enrollment. However, we are not what can be classified as totally free learning or free online learning. Free learning, or free online learning, is what can be found within the open educational resource movement. Open Educational Resources (OER) enable individuals everywhere to study and learn topics of interest. We encourage all interested to look at these resources if interested in learning a course here or there for free online.

Yet, while OER can further an individual’s knowledge, many people need beyond just knowledge – they need the right credentials and global experience to compete in today’s job market. Many employers not only demand that their employees possess the requisite knowledge and skills, but that they hold relevant degrees.

UoPeople is part of the open educational resources movement and we utilize open educational content in our courses. However, what makes UoPeople unique, is that we take open educational resources, give them to course designers who modify and enhance course materials, add in excellent instructors, peer to peer learning, a grading system, student services support, and other benefits found in a university to provide fully developed tuition-free degree programs. Thus, in order for the non-profit UoPeople to remain sustainable and provide for degree courses complete with student support, there are nominal application processing fees charged. Examination processing fees will be charged in the future. We remain dedicated to the democratization of higher education, and as such, UoPeople works hard to ensure financial limitations do not inhibit any qualified student from attending, and offers University Grants to students for the application processing fee to students based on place of residence. The application processing fee ranges between $10-$50, depending on the applicant’s place of residence and the University Grant provided.

Currently, University of the People offers the following four undergraduate degrees: Associate (A.S.-B.A.) and Bachelor (B.S.-B.A.) degrees in Business Administration and Associate (A.S.-C.S.) and Bachelor (B.S.-C.S.) degrees in Computer Science.

We hope this helps clarify what UoPeople provides as a non-profit, tuition-free, online academic institution dedicated to the democratization of higher education globally. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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3 Responses to Is Tuition-Free the Same as Free Learning?

  1. I have also see many people do a lot of such comments around the web that UoPeople just offer a free learning and not a degree. This is totally not so. You need to find out and you will see that those who often say that are more or less an affiliate to another online university who see UoPeople as a threat to their unaffordable degrees.

    Take for an instance, I was recently charge for PLAGIARISM- (‘the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”), in two of the three courses I am currently taking in Computer Science with UoPeople.

    Now I want you to imagine if UoPeople that detects plagiarism as soon as you commits it can be compared with just a mere FREE-ONLINE-LEARNING. The fact is that UoPeople is “dedicated to providing universal access to tuition-free online post-secondary education to qualified students in order that students may be able to overcome any geographic or financial limitations and access higher learning”. And without relenting in upholding the academic integrity and honesty that any respected institution must Uphold.

    For any one who have not been part of the system but who only imagine how free education could ever be be possible, should therefore note that I today testify that UoPeople is an accredit-able super educational revolutionist and not a way of getting unsupervised cheap degrees.

  2. Muhamad Umar Chatab says:

    I think the application processing fee ranges between $10-$50, depending on the applicant’s place of residence and the University Grant provided by UoPeople are not too expensive. If I calculate with Indonesian Currency, approximately between IDR 100,000,- & IDR 500,000,- If I have a chance, I will take Computer Science.

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