FAQ'S

What is PDMF University?

PDMF University (formerly, Princess Diana Memorial Foundation University) is a free, online university, a non-profit degree granting educational corporation in the USA, since 1999, that aims to become a comprehensive, degree-granting institution offering unprecedented access to university degrees, diplomas and a better life for the growing millions of underserved around the globe.

Is the University an accredited university and what are its credentials?

The degrees are granted directly by PDMFU under the laws of the USA. The degrees are legitimate and legal, globally. We are an ISO:21001/2018 – Management Systems for Educational Organisations accredited institution.

All our dual degrees / programs comes with certifications that are provided in collaboration with our academic collaborators like IITCUT and QOU are 100% accredited and worldwide recognized degrees and comes with the Ministry of Education attestations, of the respective countries. All PDMFU students are eligible to receive them. Students may opt for the dual programs, if their goal is to receive accredited certifications.

However, PDMFU is not accredited by any accrediting bodies recognized by US Government agencies as reliable accrediting agencies - as mentioned by the U.S. Department of Education, in their website

Why we are not accredited by any accrediting bodies recognized by US Government agencies as reliable accrediting agencies?

The reason is Accreditation's Real Cost (and Value) in the USA.

Much has been made in recent months by higher education and political leaders about how the costs to institutions of federal regulation are driving up the price of colleges and universities.

A 2015 report (https://news.vanderbilt.edu/files/2015-VU-CRC-Summary.pdf) from Vanderbilt University and the Boston Consulting Group claims that premier institutions spend about $3 billion for regional accreditation. This figure -- based on approximating accreditation costs as a percentage of the overall costs of regulation at 13 institutions and other industry wide data -- seems designed to reach a similar conclusion as an earlier report released by an influential Senate committee: that the cost of accreditation is unusually high.

The previous report claimed that Vanderbilt University’s College of Art and Sciences devotes more than 5,000 hours annually, at a cost of about $2.92 million, to report to its regional accreditor. The earlier study also included data gathered by Duke University asserting that the cost of accreditation in faculty and staff time over the last few years has been about $1.5 million. This is in addition to the $500,000 the university spends each year to manage required reporting related to academic assessment and other matters.

A 2012 doctoral dissertation project conducted by Paul Woolston Jr. at the University of Southern California looked at the average cost for institutions seeking to reaffirm their accreditation through three of the six regional accreditation agencies. Woolston found that the average cost -- including both direct and indirect costs -- was $327,254.

Additionally, accreditation is voluntary and not compulsory in the USA.

Unaccredited institutions of higher education are colleges, trade schools, seminaries, and universities which do not have formal educational accreditation by officially recognized educational accrediting bodies or qualified government agencies.

Educational institutions may not be legally required to obtain independent accreditation, depending on local laws. Academic degrees or other qualifications from such unaccredited institutions may or may not be accepted by civil service or other employers, depending on the local laws, the institution's reputation, and the industry standards.

An institution may not obtain or maintain accreditation for one of several reasons. A long-established institution may not have applied for accreditation due to financial difficulties or other factors. Other institutions choose not to participate in the accreditation process because they view it as an infringement of their religious, academic, or political freedom.

The United States of America federal government does not accredit any institutions or programs, either inside or outside of the United States. Instead, it maintains a list of valid, reliable, independent accrediting agencies, including private organizations and, for vocational schools, state accrediting agencies. The agency maintains a complete list of accredited institutions and programs online.

The states in the U.S.A. require degree-issuing higher education institutions to obtain a business license and to register with the state or to have other formal authorization in order to enrol students or issue degrees.

Additionally, in 21 jurisdictions, unaccredited religious degree-granting schools are exempted from government oversight. Many unaccredited institutions and programs provide significant, legitimate academic work. Any degrees issued may or may not be valid for obtaining professional licenses or employment. Generally speaking, within academic and government circles, such degrees are rejected, but within the business world, they may be acceptable for certain purposes.

All our dual degrees that are provided in collaboration with our partners’ are 100% accredited, legal and globally valid.
Is PDMFU completely free?
Yes.

WE DO NOT COLLECT ANY FEES WHATSOEVER. NO TUITION FEES! NO EXAM FEES! NO CERTIFICATION FEES! NO OTHER HIDDEN FEES WHATSOEVER!

HOWEVER, INORDER TO SUSTAIN OUR NOBLE ENDEAVOR, YOU NEED TO PAY ONLY A VERY SMALL ONE TIME SERVICE CHARGE, DIRECTLY TO OUR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROVIDER FOR OUR DEGREES, DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AND ALSO FOR ACRREDITED DUAL CERTIFICATIONS!

Free Education? Is there a catch? Or is it a scam and a degree mill?

It is totally possible that these questions might have crossed your mind a time or two.

So, to put your mind at rest and reassure you, here’s the real truth on how we provide free degrees and how our graduates use it to their advantage.

In a world where American universities charge anywhere between $16,000 and $300,000 for a degree, how is it possible for a university to offer a free degree, and the only charges are the service fee paid to the third party service provider? And that too, without having to leave the comfort of your home!

Sounds too good, to be true? Well, you’re not alone in thinking that. Way back in 1999, this was just a dream for us too. But we’ve spent years working with some of the brightest minds in the world to turn it into reality. Today, we want to take you behind the curtains and show you how it is more than possible to make education accessible to almost everyone in the world.

Here’s How the University Affords to Offer Free Academic Degrees.

We are a non-profit University, legally granting degrees to people. We believe the number one goal of the Internet is to make knowledge and education accessible to anyone, anywhere. That’s our goal, too and that’s what we’re striving towards.

But how do we do it and stay sustainable?

Choosing to be an exclusively online university dramatically reduces operational costs, without which it probably would have been significantly more challenging to offer free degrees. We’ve provided a brief outline to highlight the difference in the fixed and operational costs incurred by an online university as opposed to a traditional one.

The Scam of the Internet: the University Has (Almost) No Campus Costs. Traditional universities have huge campuses, and huge campuses cost a lot of money.

For example, according to the Chicago Tribune, “Northwestern University owns 240 acres on the Evanston lakefront, plus real estate in Chicago’s expensive Streeterville neighborhood. The University of Chicago owns 217 acres in Hyde Park.”

What would it cost to buy a land like that, build, maintain and manage it?

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the 2017 average value per acre in that state, Illinois, was $7,300, reports Bloomberg. That means that, on average, it would cost $1,584,100 to buy a 217 acre land, and $1,752,000 to buy a 240 acre land.

Besides the cost of property, there are additional costs incurred towards payments made for services rendered by real estate agents and lawyers, registration fees, construction of classrooms and offices, and overall maintenance. Not to mention variable overheads like property tax, faculty remuneration, utility bills, payments towards janitorial services, landscaping, maintenance of equipment, and the material and manpower required to tackle it. These can run into the millions of dollars depending on the size and strength of the university, which is then passed on to the students. By staying an online-only university, we save significantly on expenses that are integral to traditional universities.

Our University doesn’t have to worry about most of these costs because everything we do is online. Yes, we do have server costs and website costs just like any other online organization besides some overheads. They're on a much smaller scale though and certainly cannot be compared to the high costs of a traditional campus.

Instead of pocketing all that extra money – which might not be a scam, but would definitely go against our mission to make higher education accessible – we simply charge less. If it costs us less, it shouldn’t cost you more.

There’s No Limit to the Number of Students We Can Accept. There are many smart, qualified high school graduates in many countries across the globe, for whom post-secondary education remains a dream, either due to the limited number of seats in the campuses or because it’s simply unaffordable. Here at the University, we can take on an unlimited number of new students in our virtual classes, and no one needs to stand at the back of the lecture hall. You can study seated in your favorite chair at home, at a coffee shop or while lounging by the pool in a holiday resort. Without you or your parents having to stretch your/their pockets.

All Our Professors Have Volunteered to Teach Our Students and Here’s Why it’s Not a Scam… Our professors already have well-paid jobs, and they choose to volunteer their services as they can make a huge difference in the lives of people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to education… at a time and place of their choosing. As for us, since we have so many volunteers from the most respected universities around the world, we don’t need to recruit professors and pay them 6 figure salaries annually to ensure the high quality of our courses.

Most of Our Written Educational Resources We Use are Free as Well. According to a quick 2017 post on the Yale University Library knowledge base, the “collection at Yale University Library includes more than 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases.” Let’s say they only paid $10 per book, and that’s already more than a $150,000,000 expense.

Being a higher education institution ourselves, we value learning and we value books, but to keep costs down, we tap into the highest quality of open educational resources (OER). These are resources whose license allows anyone to use them free of charge, and they’re accessible online, with the same intention as ours – to make education accessible to as many people as possible. We don’t need to pass the cost on to our students, either. By giving them access to open educational resources, we save our students an average of $1,200-1,300 in textbook expenses every year they study with us, at least according to American statistics.

Technology Helps Us Provide a Better Service to Our Students at a Fraction of the Price. To make sure our university programs are accessible to as many people as possible, we don’t use audio or video materials, only text materials. We made this choice to ensure anyone, with any Internet connection, not just broadband – which is expensive in some parts of the world – can study with us. Consequently, though, it reduces our online storage costs.

And speaking of student experience, since our classes take place online, students get placed in small classrooms of 20-30 students, so we can make sure that each of you gets individualized attention. As we said, thanks to technology, we can create as many classrooms as we need. Technology also enables us to have people from different countries in the same classroom. According to our students, that helps them understand other cultures better and get business and career ideas that would never have occurred to them, otherwise.

But what if you need additional help, the kind that your professors or fellow students can’t provide? You can reach out to our advisors with the click of a button, without waiting in long lines or paying extra fees to get career advice.

Still Concerned that the University is a Scam? Meet Our Partners.

Other organizations have partnered with us to impact our students one on one, to make education more accessible to all.

And we’ve already mentioned some of our academic collaborators to offer 100% accredited and worldwide recognized degrees, like IITCUT and QOU.

If you talk to our graduates, or read their testimonials, you’ll hear that many of them were reluctant to dream.

They, too, Googled for PDMFU, to figure out if there’s a catch or if it’s a scam… or if it’s ok to hope.

And then they dared to take the leap of faith. However, with no regrets.

You can also realize your dreams, create a better life for yourself and change your family’s future.

You don’t have to do it alone. Join the people from all over the world who experience the same challenges you do. They’ll walk with you, and we’ll walk right beside you, too.

All you need to do is liberate your mind, take the leap of faith and join us.

Exercise your birth right. Gain access to the higher education you deserve!

All our dual degrees that are provided in collaboration with our partners’ are 100% accredited, legal and globally valid.
Is PDMFU recognized?

PDMF UNIVERSITY IS FULLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE USA AND HENCE ALL YOUR DEGREES ARE LEGAL AND LEGITIMATE GLOBALLY. YOU MAY LEGALLY SUFFIX / PREFIX THE NOMENCLATURE OR YOUR DEGRGEES / CERTIFICATES (EXAMPLE: Dr. JOHN, MBA, PhD., or Dr. RAM, MD, or Er. SMITH, BE / ME / BS / MS, or JOHN, BA / MA, Etc.). ALL YOUR DEGREE CERTIFICATES ARE LEGAL AND IF YOU WANT TO USE THEM LEGALLY (EVEN IN COURTS OF LAW) THEY CAN BE APOSTILLED AND EMBASSY LEGALIZED.

They are very useful for students who wish to only graduate to enhance their knowledge, upgrade their entrepreneurial skills, have new careers, increase their chances of employability in the private sector / industry, advance in business and private sector jobs with promotions, improve their self, which could lead them to more money, more security, and a better way of life.

However, all our dual degrees that are provided in collaboration with our partners’ are 100% accredited,recognized, legal and globally valid.
Diploma, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees

All of PDMFU degrees are legal and legitimate. However, please note that degrees in certain disciplines require special registrations with Government certified bodies for practice in those disciplines. However, if that is your goal, then please check before enrolling whether the degrees from PDMFU, may help you to do so or not. If you have first degrees, by virtue of which you have done your registrations, then, you may acquire your second degrees from PDMFU

INDIA SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT RECOGNITION OF PDMFU DEGREES

PDMFU does not come under the purview of (or regulated by) UGC, AICTE, MCI, AYUSH BOARDS, LAW / BAR COUNCIL, ANY OTHER OR ALL INDIAN CENTRAL / STATE GOVERNMENT BODIES, COUNCILS, AND PDMFU does not come under the purview of (or regulated by) UGC, AICTE, MCI, AYUSH BOARDS, LAW / BAR COUNCIL, ANY OTHER OR ALL INDIAN CENTRAL / STATE GOVERNMENT BODIES, COUNCILS, AND BOARDS, ETC., as most of these are meant for Indian Institutions.

PDMFU does not come under the purview of (or regulated by) UGC, AICTE, MCI, AYUSH BOARDS, LAW / BAR COUNCIL, ANY OTHER OR ALL INDIAN CENTRAL / STATE GOVERNMENT BODIES, COUNCILS, AND PDMFU does not come under the purview of (or regulated by) UGC, AICTE, MCI, AYUSH BOARDS, LAW / BAR COUNCIL, ANY OTHER OR ALL INDIAN CENTRAL / STATE GOVERNMENT BODIES, COUNCILS, AND BOARDS, ETC., as most of these are meant for Indian Institutions.

Hence, the online degrees from PDMFU are not valid (like all other online foreign degrees) for Government jobs in India, for proceeding to higher education in TRADITIONAL Indian Universities, for government-related registrations, evaluations, passports, licenses, etc. Just because online degrees of foreign universities are not recognized by the statutory bodies of India, they do not become invalid or illegal. NMU is regulated by the laws of the United States of America. Therefore as a matter of comity, the degrees are legitimate and LEGALLY VALID in India and the globe and are recognized and considered valuable by the private sector and the society, by and large, as proven by hundreds of our successful alumni.

SO WHY PAY EXORBITANT FEES FOR ONLINE DEGREES (THAT ARE NOT OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE RELEVANT INDIAN GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS) FROM OTHER FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES, IF YOU HAVE NO PLANS TO GO OUT OF INDIA, SEEKING A CAREER?
IF ALL YOU NEED IS A PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BUSINESS OR SOCIETY, PDMFU IS YOUR BEST CHOICE!
More Details From AIU and UGC Follows Below

(Note; The below AIU / UGC Extracts contains Content in Italics, that are comments provided by PDMFU).

EXTRACT FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN UNIVERSITIES (AIU) ADVISORY
Mandated by the Government of India, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is the competent body that evaluates foreign degrees and provides equivalence (recognition).
Evaluation Division, Association of Indian Universities (AIU),
AIU House, 16-Comrade Indrajit Gupta Marg, New Delhi - 110002 www.aiu.ac.in 25.07.2016
ADVISORY TO STUDENTS SEEKING ADMISSION TO PROGRAMMES OF STUDIES PROMISING QUALIFICATIONS/ DEGREES FROM FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES

SEEKING ADMISSION TO PROGRAMME OF STUDIES PROMISING DEGREES AWARDED BY THE FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES FOR STUDIES UNDERTAKEN THROUGH OPEN/ DISTANCE / CORRESPONDENCE / ONLINE / VIRTUAL MODE, etc.:

1. As of now, the AIU does NOT accord Equivalence (RECOGNITION) to such foreign degrees that have been obtained for studies undertaken through open/distance/ correspondence/online/virtual mode(s), etc. (That also includes online degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and the likes).

SEEKING ADMISSION TO PROGRAMME OF STUDIES PROMISING DEGREES AWARDED BY THE FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES IN SUCH DISCIPLINES WHICH ALSO ENTITLE THE HOLDER OF THE DEGREE TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION:

1. AIU does not entertain applications for equivalence of such professional degrees awarded by foreign universities which also entitle the holder of the degree to practice a profession in India.
2. Thus, degrees in disciplines like Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Architecture, etc., are presently outside the purview of the AIU as such cases are handled by the respective professional councils (All those councils do not provide equivalence (recognition) for foreign degrees obtained by open/distance/correspondence/online/virtual modes of study, according to their websites).
AKU

Issued in Public Interest by the Evaluation Division, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, India; www.aiu.ac.in

AKU
FOR FULL TEXT OF AIU EQUIVALENCE ADVISORY, CLICK HERE.
EXTRACT FROM THE UGC FAQ
University Grants Commission (UGC),
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi - 110002. www.ugc.ac.in
AKU

Equivalence (Recognition) of (Foreign / Indian) degrees is not determined by the

UGC.

For higher education purposes, it is decided by the University concerned (The University will certainly insist on AIU equivalence for foreign degrees) and for employment purposes by the employing organization (Government organizations will certainly insist on AIU equivalence for foreign degrees. Normally, the private sector organizations do not insist for AIU equivalence (unless expressly specified by the particular organization) and generally, a legitimate and legally valid degree qualification (such as PDMFU degree) is accepted).

AKU
FOR FULL TEXT OF UGC EQUIVALENCE PUBLIC NOTICE CLICK HERE.FOR FULL TEXT OF UGC FAQ CLICK HERE.
What is the instructional format of our courses?

We follow the asynchronous, distance education through online model for education that is self-paced and competency based. Our instructional model differs from other online course delivery models by employing traditional, adaptive and personalized elements.

Who designs our courses?

Our course creators are best-in-class voluntary college and university Ph.D. faculty members, provided by STGU. Many are coming to us simply because they are dissatisfied with the status quo in academia and want to be part of a disruptive model that brings real reform to the system – most notably opening access to high quality post-secondary education to the masses, especially those living in poverty everywhere, globally.

We are a part of a larger social and entrepreneurial movement to make education free for all. We take our role very seriously and want to provide as much open source content as possible on the world-wide-web. We take the help of some notable world class institutions that are also committed to this cause and we take pride in taking their help to help you. . Lectures and course material for certain courses provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike 3.0 license by the institutions are also used where appropriate by STGU, our student support services provider, as curated content to help our students with additional content.

What courses do you offer?

We offer a full range of higher education courses to the general full degrees, diplomas and certifications. Offerings include courses in Business Administration, Engineering, Science, Psychology, Fine Arts, Education, Legal Studies, Health Care, and much more. Implicit in the model are course offerings responsive to the workforce needs of local, regional and national economies. We will keep adding may programs and courses.

How are we different from other free online higher education models?

We are more than just a surrogate hosting service for other Universities and colleges’ courses. We are designed to become a completely self-sustaining degree-granting education ecosystem that offers complete programs and online social experiences. We are also not one of the private corporate colleges that charge students exorbitant fees. We are a non-profit institution, and only leverage established business processes to achieve our social justice mission of providing free education to all.

Is PDMFU a non-profit institution?

Yes, we are a non-profit degree granting institution, with a social justice mission. We are 100% non-profit; we do not take money from students, whatsoever. However, in order to proliferate our mission to do good in the world, we have negotiated hard and got quality and like-minded partners on-board to provide you the best experience and education, so that our models are self-sustaining and not reliant on donor or government dollars, which by definition are finite and are subject to budget constraints.

What is the revenue model for PDMFU?

Though, we do not take any money from the students, we have a very comprehensive revenue model with many different methodologies for underwriting the costs associated with offering free college courses and degrees – one of them are likeminded donors. Of the handful of groups in the low-cost/no-cost college movement, PDMFU believes it has the most comprehensive, self-sustaining revenue model currently in the market. WE DO NOT CHARGE ANY FEES WHATSOEVER! HOWEVER, INORDER FOR US TO BE SUSTAINABLE, YOU NEED TO PAY ONLY A VERY SMALL ONE TIME SERVICE CHARGE FOR CERTIFICATIONS, DIRECTLY TO OUR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROVIDER, STGU. NO TUITION FEES! NO EXAM FEES! NO OTHER FEES WHATSOEVER! YOU CAN GET A RECOGNISED, GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED AND MINISTRY ATTESTED DUAL DEGREE / DIPLOMA / CERTIFICATE, BY PAYIING ONLY A NOMINAL SERVICE CHARGE TO STGU, IN ADDITION TO OUR CERTIFICATIONS.

At all times, student information and privacy are protected. Revenue models aims to be ancillary to the student learning process and serve to support the social justice mission of PDMFU, which is EDUCATION SHOULD BE FREE for all people.

Does PDMFU have partnerships and academic collaborators?

Yes. We have strategic partnerships with accredited universities globally and industry leaders in publishing, curriculum development, information technology, gaming, assessment, language instruction, online courses providers, e-Commerce and other areas.

Can foreign nationals living in any other another country study in PDMFU?

Sure. PDMFU’s doors are open to anyone in the world. You can prepare for your high school equivalency exam or begin college courses if you have already graduated from high school in your country.