University of the People is a tuition-free, non-profit institution. The University does not charge students to take classes, does not charge for any reading and other study materials, as well as does not charge for annual enrollment. As a non-profit academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education, UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education.
In order to remain sustainable, we charge small processing fees for application and examination processing. Applicants are charged a non-refundable onetime $10-$50 Application Processing Fee to cover the cost for us to review and process an application. The amount charged is based on the applicant’s place of residence – applicants from developing countries pay a lower amount.
UoPeople is currently accepting new applications.
With all new applications started from August 27, 2012, UoPeople has introduced an Exam Processing Fee of $100 per end-of-course exam. Applicants who apply starting from August 27, 2012 and become students, are expected to pay this fee. However, for those individuals who are unable to do so, UoPeople will soon have a Micro-Scholarship Portal that will enable donors to contribute directly to individual students in need of assistance. Additionally, students might be able to apply for a UoPeople scholarship.
Our aim, as it has always been, is to see to it that no student will be denied the right to access higher education. We will remain tuition-free, meaning students will not be charged for their educational instruction, course materials or annual enrollment. Additionally, we will seek to ensure that no qualified student be denied studying with UoPeople for financial reasons.
The determination of processing fees, as well as any University Grants or University Financial Aid, is at the sole discretion of UoPeople. University Grants and processing fees are currently determined using publicly available data from the World Bank and the CIA World Fact Book. Inclusion of a place of residence in the list does not imply any legal position of University of the People regarding its status. The University reserves the right to change the cost of the Exam Processing Fee. The amount of the Exam Processing Fee will be reviewed annually, and any change to the fee amount will be implemented as of September 1 each year. Students will be notified of the change in fees no later than June 1 each year.