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.