- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An online, tuition-free university says it is drawing a growing number of students who live in the United States and about a quarter of them are immigrants in the country illegally.

The University of the People says its student population has surged since receiving accreditation last year.

The university founded in 2009 with a global vision of extending the reach of higher education charges a $50 application fee and a $100 final exam fee for each course.

Most students are from overseas but university officials say the number of U.S.-based students rose from 72 in 2013 to 950 this year.

University founder Shai Reshef says the low cost and flexible schedule have drawn students who were not eligible for financial aid at traditional institutions because of their immigration status.

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