All German Universities Now Tuition Free

“Tuition fees are socially unjust”

#Education

Sun, Oct 5th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Australian reports that, after experimenting with tuition fees starting in 2006, Germany has decided "this autumn’s student intake will enjoy free university courses." The goal is to prevent parents' wealth to be a factor on whether students will be able to attend school.

Compared to American students, Germans barely had to pay for undergraduate study even before tuition fees were abolished. Semester fees averaged around €500 ($630) and students were entitled to many perks, such as cheap (often free) transportation within and between cities.

Free education is a concept that is embraced in most of Europe with notable exceptions like the U.K., where the government voted to lift the cap on university fees in 2010. The measure has reportedly cost more money than it brought in. The Guardian reported in March that students are failing to pay back student loans at such a rate that “the government will lose more money than it would have saved from keeping the old £3,000 ($4,865) tuition fee system.”

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