What is a Tuition-Free University?

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.


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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4 Responses to What is a Tuition-Free University?

  1. Ajogu stevenson says:

    May the good God remain with my uopeople in all that she does

  2. Gordon Welling says:

    How soon can we look forward to enrolments being made available? I would like to submit an application.

  3. Aruna says:

    Is there an alternative to the application and exam fees?
    E.g. Can I volunteer instead?

  4. Kale says:

    Could you please post information on the future examination fees so we students can prepare?

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