10 Facts About Free Online Colleges That Will Blow Your Mind

Study at a free online college and get an American accredited tuition-free degree.


A free online college education can meet all of your personal development needs without putting you under financial pressure and building up avoidable debt.


Flexible online learning is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills that you will require to become an effective and competent professional in your chosen field, while providing you with the accessibility, flexibility, and affordability that will enable you to continue working and take care of personal commitments while you learn.



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What is a free online college?

The Education Revolution now taking place is turning education into a basic human right and entitlement. A free online college provides flexible education including hobby courses, certificates, and diploma courses to associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.


University of the People (UoPeople) is the only non-profit, tuition-free online accredited American university. Yes, tuition free!


The goal of UoPeople is to make higher education globally accessible to all regardless of financial situation, geographic, political, or personal constraints. UoPeople offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science as well as an MBA and an M.Ed.


These are made available by making course materials and instructors internet accessible, by having no physical building to maintain, and with the help of generous donors who believe in the promotion of education as a human right.


Tuition-free means that there is no charge for teaching or instruction. But in order to help fund the university’s operating costs and continue to provide high quality education, they do charge an application fee of $60, as well as $200 for every end-of-course examination.



1. Who can get free online education in the USA?

  • The military
  • High achieving, low income students
  • Learners who work for their tuition
  • College employees and their children
  • Students with medical conditions
  • Learners of Native American heritage
  • Foster or adopted children
  • Employees of specific companies
  • Survivors of hardship


2. Scholarships are available to fund your studies

It is also possible to get your education funded or partly funded by applying for a scholarship. These can be found by searching on online scholarship application sites.


UoPeople also provide scholarships, made available by generous donors, to help students who are unable to pay the nominal fees. If you are unable to pay, just contact them and they will be more than happy to help you. UoPeople will not reject a student if he/she is unable to pay these fees.


Below are some sites that enable you to search and apply for scholarships, grants, and financial aid in order to help fund your studies.


3. Employers value accredited online degrees just as highly as traditional university degrees

Due to the increasing popularity of online degrees and the fact that many prestigious international universities are now offering online alternatives, the outdated stigma against distance learning has become outdated and is no longer relevant. Employers value online degrees when they are accredited. Non-accredited degrees are rarely accepted.


Accreditation is a formal recognition of the high educational and ethical standards of an institution, qualified instructors, adequate facilities and equipment, and ethical admissions procedure. In order for your degree to be accepted and respected, you need to ensure that you choose an accredited one.


Studying online requires high motivation, commitment, dedication, and time management. An online degree shows employers that you have all of these required qualities and attributes.



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4. It is possible to get a fully accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree from absolutely anywhere in the world

If you are looking for an international online degree, you can find them by searching a selection of sites including:



Some of the universities providing online options include:

  • Open University
  • Walden University
  • Thomas Edison State University
  • University of London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Derby
  • Schiller International University
  • Kaplan University

Students of UoPeople are located in USA, Canada, Nigeria, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and UK.



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5. You can study with just internet access, anytime, anywhere from a free online college

Students who are unable to study due to personal commitments, financial, time, geographic or political constraints, can study anytime, anywhere, with just a computer and internet access.


If you work at a full-time job, you will not need to give up your job in order to study, just create your own learning schedule and fit in your study times around your working hours. If you’re worried about your time management skills, check out UoPeople’s Time Management Tips.


If you work part-time and intend to study part-time, make sure to schedule that study time into your calendar every day. This will keep you up-to-date with your learning and will prevent you from procrastination.



6. Online degrees are the future of higher education

According to a study on online education by the Babson Research Group, the number of students studying online increased every year for 4 years between 2012 and 2016.


25.9% in 2012


27.1% in 2013


28.3% in 2014


29.7% in 2015


31.5% in 2016


According to the Babson Research Group Study, the number of students studying online at undergraduate or graduate level increased by 17.6% between 2012 and 2016.


Online colleges have made education more accessible, cost-effective, and flexible, enabling students to avoid student debt after graduation and have the same excellent job prospects as students who have studied in a physical building.


UoPeople has a unique pedagogical model based on an online collaborative learning environment that promotes peer-to-peer learning and utilizes open-source technology along with open educational resources.



7. Online education improves grades

In a 2017 McGraw Hill research digital study on online learning, 60% of students felt that digital technology had improved their grades, 34% felt that it had no effect on their grades, 6% felt that it had lowered their grades and only 1% felt that it had significantly lowered their grades.



8. Online students have fewer expenses and can concentrate better on their studies

If you study in a traditional university, you will have little flexibility. You will therefore need to fit your job in around your studies which often means working in shifts, traditionally in the retail and food industries. These are often low paid or minimum wage jobs. You will have student debt on completion of your degree which will need to be paid back during your working life.


On the other hand, if you study online, you can keep your day job and study in the evenings, early mornings or weekends. You will be less financially stressed, as you will be fitting in your learning schedule around your available hours and not the other way around.



9. You can get a fully accredited MBA in just one year from a free online college

An MBA is a powerful tool for career development, progression, and enhancement. Critical skills learned during an MBA include: creativity, leadership, critical analysis, management, and communication.


The UoPeople MBA offers a hands-on approach to both business and community leadership, as part of a cutting-edge and stimulating educational experience. It instills the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to pursue personal and professional goals. And its graduates are well positioned to thrive in business, industry, government, and non-profit management.



10. An accredited online degree can get you a job at one of the most prestigious companies

Graduates of UoPeople Business Administration and Computer Science degrees have gone on to work for IBM, Deloitte, Microsoft, Nokia, Dell, Amazon, and AT&T.


“Being enrolled at UoPeople already helped me to get the job I wanted. The manager interviewing me noticed UoPeople on my CV and he asked me about it. He was, I believe, impressed by my attitude towards education and later I found out that it was one of the reasons I got hired.”


Adrian Boscu, Czech Republic