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, and 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. Readings and course materials are available online, free of charge for each and every registered student. We will remain tuition-free, meaning students will not be charged for their educational instruction, course materials or annual enrollment.
In order to remain sustainable, we charge small processing fees for application and examination processing. However, for those individuals who are unable to pay their Exam Processing Fees, UoPeople has a variety of scholarship funds designed to meet the unique needs of its students.
Application Processing Fee:
University of the People charges a non-refundable Application Processing Fee of $50. The University charges an Application Processing Fee in order to cover the cost of processing each application as well as remain sustainable.
More information about the Application Processing Fee can be found in the Enrollment Agreement.
Exam Processing Fee:
University of the People charges an Exam Processing Fee ($100) per end-of-course-exam, in order to cover the cost incurred by the University to process exams. Applicants who are admitted and become students, are expected to pay this fee. However, for those students who are unable to do so, UoPeople has a variety of scholarship funds available. The exam processing fee will not be required up front, nor will the total amount be collected at any one time. Rather, students will be asked to pay the exam processing fee per exam, towards the end of each course.
Our aim, as it has always been, is to see to it that no qualified student will be denied the right to access higher education due to financial reasons. We will remain tuition-free, meaning students will not be charged for their educational instruction, course materials or annual enrollment.
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.