Free College is one of the topics Bernie brought on the table of public discourse in his 2016 campaign. I think, every first world nation besides us probably has it. At least it must be the vast majority. After all, as a functioning civil society, you want people to pursue higher studies based on ability and passion, not based on family wealth. And remember: we had something quite similar a generation or two ago with vastly less costly tuition fees and the G.I. Bill. And how did our nation soar back then! We even became the only nation (so far) to send men to the moon. Probably, China will soon second us while we still wrestle with, or squirm underneath, our oligarchs.
One indication of how much better higher education options are in other parts of the first world, is that Americans are increasingly going abroad to study (sadly thereby risking that their credentials won’t be accepted back here at home, something I can verify from experience — foreign credentials evaluation is an unregulated industry in the U.S. run by frauds who discount a significant portion of credentials as part of their business model even replacing actual university transcripts with fictional ones of their own to make them fit the discrimination against your credits for which you yourself must pay dear money — oh yeah, that’s how bad these evaluation companies are — I wish a cancer on them — anyway here are some quick links that jumped into my eye in a “free college internationally” search):
- 7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free) (Washington Post)
- How US students get a university degree for free in Germany (BBC)
- American students head to Germany for free college
- Americans are moving to Europe for free college degrees (CNN)
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