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Getting a world-class education--for FREE!

Getting a world-class education--for FREE!

Author: Attiyya Mujahid

The objective of this learning packet is to identify FREE online education resources for the student, teacher, parent or professional that may be short on time and money.

Introduction to the following resources:

  • Khan Academy
  • MIT Open CourseWare
  • University of the People


In 1990, a revolutionary movement for universal education was birthed out of the World Conference on Education for All in Jomtien, Thailand. This initiative focused on education being a fundamental human right and charged countries with the responsibility of strengthening efforts towards each citizen's access to quality education.

Within the past 30 years, advancements in technology and the Internet have opened new doors in education.  Online education has changed the way we learn and the methods we use to acquire new knowledge.  According to, distance learning is a $34 billion industry, while this type of education can be pricey, not all online education has a price tag attached.  It is predicted that by 2019, 50% of all classes taught will be delivered online at no cost.

This learning packet will focus on universities and organizations that are participating in the movement to provide FREE universal education for all.

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Khan Academy

Are you looking for a FREE resource to enhance your Advanced Calculus or Art History lesson? 

Khan Academy has a vast library of over 2,600 videos, practice exercises and unit assessments covering hundreds of topics. This not-for-profit organization's goal is to "change education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. For more information about Khan Academy, check out the learning packet Khan Academy: An Intro for Educators."


MIT Open CourseWare

Would you like to attend a prestigous university like MIT? Did you know that one academic year of tuition, room/board and materials costs $53,210?

Most students cannot afford MIT as an option for higher education, but for the past 10 years this institution has been offering the same quality education that tuition-paying students receive for FREE!  Through Open CourseWare, self-learners, educators, college and high students are able to benefit from free lecture notes, exams and videos. For more details about MIT OpenCourse Ware check out Opening Doors with OpenCourse Ware and Highlights for High School.

University of the People

Can you imagine a tuition-FREE college experience? At this institution, there is no need for scholarships, grants or student loans.

University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first FREE online academic institution dedicated to the "global advancement and democratization" of higher education. The advantage to this revolutionary model is through the use of technology, which is closing the digital gap and making education available to the world. For an in depth look at University of the People, check out the learning packet FREE-ing Up Higher Education.