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Fees debate obscures purpose of higher education
Erin Nordal
Rising tuition fees are turning students into consumers and teachers into customer service providers. This dilutes the quality of higher education, goes against its very purpose and excludes large sectors of society who cannot afford the debt studying might entail.
A grand social experiment
Claire Callender
The decision by the British government to allow universities in England to increase tuition fees could put students off studying, or it may be financially sustainable. It is not guaranteed that it will save the government any money either. The problem is that it will be many years before the consequences are known.
Plans to drop fees could lower quality
Carlos Olivares
After becoming the first country in Latin America to introduce tuition fees, Chile’s government has pledged to move towards scrapping them. But universities wonder if this will lead to a less effective, lower quality higher education system and who it will benefit most?
Foreign student scholarships spark anger as fees rise
Yojana Sharma
A new plan to lure foreign students with generous scholarships by China’s eastern Jiangsu province, host to a number of foreign branch campuses, has sparked anger in the province over resources being directed towards “wealthy foreigners” while Chinese students struggle with a rising fee burden.
Is a degree still worth it? 'Yes!' researchers say
Lance Lambert, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Minister stokes fears of fee hikes after the election
Brendan O’Malley
Low fees but jobs needed to meet costs
Jane Marshall
Fees phased out although arguments remain
Michael Gardner
Higher education is not cheap
Munyaradzi Makoni
Rising fees cloud international hub status
Emilia Tan
Loan defaulters barred from leaving
Emilia Tan
Public system far cheaper than for-profit
Lachlan Murdoch
America’s higher education system comprises around 4,300 degree-granting institutions that enrol nearly 18 million undergraduate students. The costs these students pay for getting a degree vary markedly between the public and private institutions, with those in public colleges and universities facing substantially lower fees as well as fewer and smaller loans to repay.
Fees have little effect, says nine-country study
Mike Teece
A study of changes in higher education financing in nine European countries, that included the impact of higher student fees, uncovered little evidence of a fall-off in demand resulting from universities charging students more.
World Blog
Expanding enrolments with little state funding
Ranjit Goswami
The cost of expanding higher education student enrolment is mainly being covered by private institutions because the government prioritises its spending on schools. If fee increases occur and graduates are unable to find jobs, disillusionment with higher education could set in.
OECD – Education 2014
The cost of getting a higher education degree
As part of this special coverage on what it costs the world’s students to obtain a degree, the following articles are based on information drawn from various chapters in the OECD report, Education at a Glance 2014, released last month.
Tertiary education: The gift that keeps on giving
Angel Gurría
The data on earnings in Education at a Glance 2014 point to a widening gap between the educational ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. Across OECD countries, the difference in income from employment between adults without upper secondary education and those with a tertiary degree continues to grow.
Tuition fees differ markedly between nations
Geoff Maslen
The cost of higher education and the best way to support students in paying for that education are among the most hotly debated public policy topics in education today, according to the latest OECD report Education at a Glance 2014. The 600-page report says the level of tuition fees charged by tertiary institutions – as well as the level and type of financial assistance countries provide through their student support systems – can greatly influence access to and equity in tertiary education.
National approaches to funding tertiary education
Many countries have similar goals for tertiary education, such as strengthening the knowledge economy, increasing access for students, encouraging high completion rates, and ensuring the financial stability of their higher education systems, according to the OECD’s latest Education at a Glance report. Yet countries differ dramatically in the way the cost of higher education is shared among governments, students and their families, and other private entities – and in the financial support they provide to students.
Loans cost students and governments
The financial support that students receive during their studies cannot be solely analysed in terms of the proportion who take out loans. The amount of support also depends on the size of the public loans, according to the OECD report Education at a Glance 2014.
Public higher education versus private
At the tertiary level, public expenditure per student in both public and private institutions averaged US$9,221 in OECD countries in 2012, the Education at a Glance report says. But the amount varied from about US$2,000 in Chile to more than US$17,000 in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – the four countries where the share of private spending is small or negligible.
Internationals face higher tuition fees
National policies regarding tuition fees and financial aid to students generally cover all students studying in a country’s education institutions, say the compilers of the OECD publication Education at a Glance 2014. But differences in the fees that local and international students are charged, and the financial help each group receives, can impact on the flows of international students.
Webpage aids country comparisons
As part of the OECD’s ongoing efforts to make its data and analysis more accessible, as well as easier to understand and use, a team at the organisation’s directorate for education and skills has created a new webpage that allows users to compare countries on a range of indicators.
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