Why are there fees if you are tuition-free?

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. All we ask applicants to cover is an application processing fee of $60. Additionally, for all new applications commencing from August 27, 2012, UoPeople will ask students to cover the cost of processing exams at $100 per end-of course exam. This fee is a non-refundable Exam Processing Fee for each exam taken. For students who are unable to pay this amount, UoPeople will soon refer students to a Micro-Scholarship Portal to enable donors to contribute directly to students in need of assistance. Additionally, students may apply for a UoPeople scholarship to cover up to the full cost of the Exam Processing Fees.