In Which Countries Is Higher Education Free?

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Joe McHugh Profile
Joe McHugh answered
Can you imagine how much you’ll save if higher education is free of charge? Unfortunately, there aren’t that many countries that offer free fees in college. USA and some countries in Europe and Asia may offer higher education for free but there are many conditions in return.

Many universities offer free tuition and miscellaneous fees to students who also work for them. If you want to finish college but don’t have enough cash, you can work part time in the school and avail of free fees. As a working student, you get to study for free while working during your vacant period or on weekends. Your "job” varies from helping the librarian arrange books in the library,

Although there are countries that don’t offer higher education for free, they have many scholarships available especially for students who are poor but deserving. These scholarships include free tuition and miscellaneous fees. Some even give a monthly and book allowance to recipients. However, board and lodging are oftentimes not shouldered by the scholarships.

So how do you qualify as a working student or as a scholar? Bear in mind that many are also applying to avail free higher education fees and competition can be very stiff. Here are some things you should remember if you want to be considered:

Have an impressive scholastic record

Your performance in high school matters a lot. High grades and awards earned can help you win a scholarship or free fees when you enter college. Students who excel in a specific field such as sports are often offered scholarships.

Get recommended

Ask your teachers in high school if they can recommend you. You may not know it but NGOs contact schools regularly throughout the school year for possible recipients of college scholarships.

Be resourceful

Don’t wait for these opportunities to come your way. Seek them out yourself by surfing the web, browsing over college catalogues, and asking fellow students.
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donna jackson answered
I think there are few countries where higher education is completely free. However those that charge nominal fees for state polytecnics and university like Italy, are full  to overflowing with students who will never complete or take 6 to 10 years to complete their courses. France has a reasonably priced education system.  The Scandinavian countries offer the best, along with Holland  in terms of quality education that is close to free. In much  of old Europe the universities are state run and there are few  private learning institutions, in contrast to U.K. And U.S.A.,  which have many seats of higher learning in private hands.  In fact some countries with higher fees for obtaining a degree, also offer scholarships based on academic aptitude or sporting ability, so there are different pros and cons to each system.  Generally the countries which do not charge fees have the more socialist inclined governments.
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At the moment there are some european countries offering free education. Countries like Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany and recently I camr to know some universities in Canada are offering this for international students. Moreover, Sweden is planning to cancel this offer by 2011. This may be happen in other countries like Finland and Germany.
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How can we apply for this education
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It is free in Sweden for Swedish and EU students. Will be free for other foreign students until next summer (2011) I think.
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In Trinidad and Tobago, tertiary (university) education is free for all nationals under the government's GATE (Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses). This, however, does not include textbooks and administrative fees at an institution of higher learning.

The government pays 100% of the cost of a student's bachelor's degree and 50% of a student's master's degree.
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Not only is it free in Denmark but students get paid to study. Depending on how far they live from the school and how much the parent's earn, you can get upto 1000usd a month from the government.
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The United States has become a nation of educational haves and have-nots. Tuition costs are skyrocketing while real incomes have remained stagnant. Aid programs based on financial need continue to decrease. Students borrow money and then face unmanageable debt when they finish college.

Higher education should be available to everyone; it should not be limited by financial considerations.

I stumbled upon this (old but still interesting) document: www.educationalpolicy.org

To answer to your question, mostly European countries offer free university studies.
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In Pakistan education is free in punjab province at secondary school level and in universities of all pakistan except GIKI , fee is ( 100 - 200 $) per six months which is not much .So you can say that education is almost free.I Love  Pakistan . Paksiatn Zindabad.
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In afghanistan too but I don't know other countries.
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Ukraine. State-owned, fee-free AND you get scholarships from state if your average is above "C".
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The countries that offer free college for their citizens are Arab countries in the middle east,Sweden,Germany,Russia,France,Denmark,and many other European countries. But, please note,you have to be a citizen to get free college educations. Although,Sweden and Germany's college tuition is generally low priced for international students,so you would generally get a discount. I hope my comment helped!
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Argentina and Ireland offer free education in all levels. In fact, public education in Argentina is better than the private.

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