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Is university free in your country? In America, college/university is ridiculously expensive.
Aug 5, 2016 10:05 PM
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Univerity fee is quite cheap in China, about ¥5000 or $900 a year =)

But we also have to buy books and pay for food or something necessary for living in the campus maybe ¥2000 or $300 a mouth... 

Meanwhile we can earn some scholarhsip ranging from ¥800 to ¥240000 in my university and there are special policies for supporting students from some extremely poor area in China.  

So in China, anyone who can pass the College Entrance Exam (or GAOKAO) and be admitted by a university will never drop out school because of lack of money.

August 6, 2016

As an aside, this is an important change in the United States that has occurred over the past four or five decades.

When my wife and I went to college in the 1960s, in most states the public universities had very low tuition for residents of their states. By "very low," I mean "a few hundred dollars a year." They weren't free, but the cost of education wasn't a barrier to most in-state students. A college education at "State U" was highly affordable.

August 6, 2016
In Serbia you only have to pay if you don't meet certain performance standards, usually if you have to repeat a year, or if you are below a threshold at the entrance examination. Most students don't pay, and even for those who pay, the fees are very low compared to America. There are also private universities that are payed, but the education they offer is by far inferior to that at the state institutions. I think it's a pity that in America your education opportunities depend on your family's financial status, rather then your intellectual capacity.
August 5, 2016

Hi Ric 

Thanks for the discussion topic. 

In South Africa, we have the same challenge. University fees are extremely high. Unless one is granted a bursary or scholarship, it becomes a taxing experience for most people. This is a shame I feel and our government should do more to make unviversity education a bit more affordable for all. 

August 5, 2016

When I was young, further and higher education at state-financed institutions in the UK was free.  if this had not been the case, few would have gone to study at them.

Now students have to pay up to £9,000 a year, but it does not seem to have put many off applying, or taking up the places they are offered.  Perhaps this is because the cost does not have to be paid 'up-front',  but is lent to the student by a company operated [at arms' length] by the Government, and only starts to be repaid when the [successful] graduate is earning a salary above a certain level.  It is, effectively, a graduate tax.

Students in further education [courses leading to qualifications below degree level] may have to pay fees directly, but a large proportion benefit from a range of exemptions.

August 5, 2016
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