The University of the People – a tuition-free, online university – announced in September there are over 10,000 students enrolled for the first term of the 2018 school year.
The University of the People offers students a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science, health science or business administration in addition to offering an MBA program and associate degrees. It was founded in 2009 by current President Shai Reshef and received accreditation in 2014.
Reshef said the university can be tuition-free because it uses free online materials including open-source technology, free educational resources and volunteers. Their educational leadership includes chancellors and former chancellors from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oxford and New York University.
“There are people all over the world who do not attend college either because it’s too expensive, in some other places because there aren’t enough universities available, or for political or social reasons,” Reshef said. “We believe the internet is the best way to enable these people to get an education.”
Though the university is tuition-free, it's not completely free, Reshef said. Students are asked to pay $100 for each end-of-course assessment. This averages $1,000 per year or $4,000 in total for a bachelor’s degree.