- Aug 12, 2014
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Since 1985, U.S. college costs have surged by about 500 percent, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they've done the opposite.
The country's universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October, when Lower Saxony became the last state to scrap the fees. Tuition rates were always low in Germany, but now the German government fully funds the education of its citizens -- and even of foreigners.
Explaining the change, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a senator in the northern city of Hamburg, said tuition fees "discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany."
What might interest potential university students in the United States is that Germany offers some programs in English -- and it's not the only country. Let's take a look at the surprising -- and very cheap -- alternatives to pricey American college degrees.
7 countries where Americans can study at universities in English for free or almost free - The Washington Post
You know, I feel something very wrong about this story. And this is how other countries can afford giving free higher education not only to their citizens, but also to foreigners while our own country does everything to make education available only to a bunch of well-off citizens?
It’s simply unfair. It’s just like no one wants Americans to be educated (and we are not that much educated, in fact. I mean, in the average). No education and welfare for everyone – that’s our future?