University of the People

University of the People (UoPeople) is the world's tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. UoPeople provides access to college studies for qualified high school graduates, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. Founded in 2009, UoPeople has partnered with Yale University-ISP for research, NYU to accept students and Hewlett-Packard, as part of their Catalyst Initiative, for internships. To date, more than 1500 students from over 130 countries have been accepted. Distinguished academics support the University including Oxford Vice-Chancellor Sir Colin Lucas, NYU President John Sexton, and GWU President-Emer...
Aug 19, 2013

Akram's raised 1/4 of the amount to start studying

Akram, like many prospective UoPeople students, has a desire and motivation to study towards an academic degree and improve his life, and the future of his whole community! He simply lacks the funds to turn this dream into a reality. 

University of the People was created with a very clear mission: to open the gates of higher education, for ALL individuals worldwide, regardless of financial, social or geographic constraints. It is our belief that higher education is a right for all, and not a privilege for a few.

We have succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education with our innovative online tuition-free education model. All we ask from our students are minimal Exam Processing Fees. For students unable to afford even these nominal fees, we create a variety of scholarship and donation opportunities, such as this one, to help fund their studies.

Akram has now successfully raised enough money to cover just over a fourth of his Associate Degree. It has been thanks to donors, such as you, that Akram is closer to realizing his dream of studying Business Administration and developing his community further.

Thank you for your continued support of Akram, and all UoPeople students. 

Aug 1, 2013

UoPeople students can improve their lives

UNESCO has stated that by 2025, about 95 Million students will not have place in the exisiting universities. And for those students who do have a spot, many of them are unable to access higher education due to financial constraints. University of the People has created an innovative, online, tuition-free model to ensure that no qualified invidual is denied access to higher education for financial reasons. 

This project aims to raise funds to help support UoPeople's efforts and mission to democratize higher education. 

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 charges an Exam Processing Fee of $100 per end-of-course exam. However, for those individuals who are unable to do so, UoPeople has dedicated efforts to creating scholarships and funding sources for students to ensure that everyone who wants a higher education has the opportunity to get one. 

Apr 17, 2013

UoPeople Progress Report

During the period, University of the People, continued to provide access to higher education for students in the US and around the world. It worked to promote lower education costs and helped democratize higher education. To date, over 1500 students from 136 countries have been accepted. UoPeople continued to attact grassroots support- with more people showing their support by joining its Facebook page- and continued to attract media attention- appearing in numourous news articles. It worked on its scholarship system, warding scholarships to deserving students, including several women. It also opened a Micro-Scholarship Portal, where donors can help students in need directly. It also strengthened its academic leadership and top administration, adding new board members and academic personnel to its advisory boards.

UoPeople continued to advocate for the right to education for its students, and its President, Shai Reshef, appeared at a number of conferences and met with key stakeholders, including in Sweden, South Africa, Malawi, the UK and the US. In April he will visit Haiti to promote UoPeople's work with Haitian students and garner further support for the University's efforts to provide access to higher education to Haitians and other students. 


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