We are often asked what it means to be a tuition-free university. At present, there are no fees to study at University of the People.
However, in order to remain sustainable, we will begin charging small processing fees for applications in the near future. When implemented, applicants will begin paying a onetime $10-$50 application processing fee to cover the cost for us to review and process an application. The sliding scale rate will be based on the applicant’s country of residence – applicants from developing countries will pay a lower amount. You may see our application fees table in PDF form here.
Later in the future, we will then start implementing end of courses exam processing fees of $10-$100, also determined by a sliding scale.
Our aim, as it has always been, is to ensure that no student will be denied the right to access higher education for financial reasons. We will remain tuition-free, meaning students will never be charged for their educational instruction, books, course materials or annual enrollment.