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How do you obtain a PhD with a minimal amount of debt?

One of the most important questions facing prospective graduate and post-graduate students in many countries today is that of cost: many university programs require an investment of tens of thousands of dollars and with scholarship money in ever shorter supply, and government funding even more scarce, students are increasingly expected to find a way to finance their education out of their own pockets.

It is a discouraging situation, and many young people are already burdened by debt incurred in obtaining a basic undergraduate degree. More education is an opportunity to simply add more zeroes. Dreams of starting a family or buying a home are increasingly being put off until the educational debt has been paid off. And this is bound to have some far-reaching consequences in developed nations. In developing nations these issues are looked at somewhat differently, but a post-graduate education is no less highly prized.

People who are already launched in their careers, and who have compelling professional reasons for obtaining a PhD degree, have a different set of considerations. Many have already started their families or have undertaken financial responsibilities related to their home and/or quality of life. Money is carefully allocated to existing needs and the prospect of finding the funds needed to complete an advanced degree is a daunting one.

But there is a solution.

The Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) is an educational foundation focused on mentoring mature students to their MA and PhD degrees. As an organization that is completely focused on distance education, we have no expensive “bricks and mortar” facilities to maintain and learners conduct their education at their own pace from the comfort of their own home or office.

With more than 30 years of experience in providing distance education to a globally-based student body, we are experts in the technological and methodological issues involved in generating a successful learning experience. Our accreditation agreements with the Universidad Azteca and the Universidad Central de Nicaragua help ensure our global outlook and our emphasis on social change are reflected in our degree programs as well.

And while those are all strong benefits, many of our learners are also pleased to discover that the cost of tuition at the IOU Foundation is substantially lower than it is at many universities: it costs €10,000 ($12,955 USD) for the entire degree, regardless of how long it takes to complete.  And modest scholarships are available. In addition, because the degree work is completed online, our learners incur no additional travel costs or living expenses.

With more than 30 years of experience in providing distance education to a globally-based student body, we are experts in the technological and methodological issues involved in generating a successful learning experience. Our accreditation agreements with the Universidad Azteca and the Universidad Central de Nicaragua help ensure our global outlook and our emphasis on social change are reflected in our degree programs as well.

If you would like to find out how the IOU Foundation can help you meet your academic goals without sinking under a mountain of fresh debt, please contact us any time for more information: http://www.ioufoundation.org/intercultural-open-university-foundation/contact