Attending a university in the U.S., either public or private, can be a rather challenging task for immigrants who wish to continue their studies in the States. Some of them cannot enroll at a university because their immigration status is insecure, because they don’t have the necessary documentation or because they lack money for the tuition fees.
Considering these issues, several professors have started an online tuition-free university open to anybody who wants to get a degree in business and computer science. There are some costs involved, but they are surely smaller than at a traditional university. The online learning institution charges a $50 application fee and students will have to pay $100 for each exam. This means that the total cost for a bachelor’s degree is around $4,000. Scholarships can also be offered under special circumstances.
Last year, almost 2,500 students enrolled at the University of the People, most of them foreign-born. About a quarter of them are immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
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