How Germany managed to abolish university tuition feesThe Conversation.
From this semester, all higher education will be free for Germans and international students alike at universities across the country, after Lower Saxony became the final state to abolish tuition fees.
It’s important to be aware of two things when it comes to understanding how German higher education is funded and how the country got to this point. First, Germany is a federal country with 16 autonomous states responsible for education, higher education and cultural affairs. Second, the German higher education system – consisting of 379 higher education institutions with about 2.4 million students – is a public system which is publicly funded. There are a number of small private institutions but they enrol less than 5% of the total student body.
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