Tuition-free for everyone - let's open gates

$15,766 $74,234
Raised Remaining


Today, many millions of people cannot access higher education due to financial, availability, or societal constraints. Tuition rates are skyrocketing worldwide. UNESCO stipulates by 2025, 98 million individuals will be unable to attend university because there won't be enough places at existing universities. There is an online tuition-free solution - University of the People. Launched in 2009, UoPeople overcomes barriers to education to 1500+. UoPeople needs your help to educate more students.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Millions of people are constrained from accessing higher education because of seating availability limitations, as well as financial, geographic, societal or personal constraints. UoPeople has successfully developed a solution to this problem. In only about three years, UoPeople has admitted more than 1500 students from 135 countries and garnered support from top academics. However, UoPeople can and should do more to open the gates even wider.

How will this project solve this problem?

The non-profit UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education and provides tuition-free quality education entirely online. This feat was made possible by coupling open educational resources, free-use open source technology, peer to peer learning with instructor oversight, and the assistance of volunteers. We are already doing much, and yet, so many more students are applying in need of tuition-free education. We can help them - with your support.

Potential Long Term Impact

Many of our existing students provide feedback on the life-changing experience of attaining the education they desperately needed. For example, Sebukware, who survived the Rwandan genocide, but lost his father, their land, and their livelihood. He is now a student at UoPeople - Sebukware was given his chance. First it's the improvement of an individual, then a better community, country, and ultimately, the world. It all starts with opening doors to higher education for those otherwise denied.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $15,766

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $15,766 .  The original project funding goal was $90,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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University of the People

Pasadena, California, United States

Project Leader

Bev Myers

Pasadena, California United States

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