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Pack Your Bags: Germany Has Officially Gotten Rid Of College Tuition

It’s officially a fact! College in the great country of Germany is free, now making every single state in the European nation having effectively abolished tuition fees. Now this is one hell of a change, as Germany only started charging tuition fees back in 2006 after the state ruled that moderate fees and loans did not violate the country’s constitutional devotion to providing higher education to its citizens.

Before, the majority of all schools only charged about $1,500 per year, considerably less than the US, but after a long and hard thought process (eight years), all Germany’s states have waived their right to charge for any tuition.

Hamburg’s senator for science, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, stated that,

Tuition fees are socially unjust. They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. 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.

As the process moved on, Lower Saxony became the last state to remove and scrap tuition fees, making the upcoming fall semester free all throughout Germany.

Minister for science and culture in Lower Saxony, Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic, said,

We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents.

Frankly, I’m happy for every single German for having the luxury of not paying an annual tuition fee. It’s a well-thought philosophy and a new state of mind that every country should be embracing, understanding that education should by all means not have a price tag.

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