You may, or many not, have seen my post in the other college-related thread, but I realized I was off topic, so I am starting a thread here about tuition fees.
Here are some things to know (from Wikipedia, so if you're one of those crazies who think they are not to be trusted, then just look this up yourself.
Free education refers to education that is funded through taxation, or charitable organizations rather than tuition fees. In Norway and Finland, no fees apply for foreign students enrolling at a university, although they may not be eligible for a monthly study allowance and loan. Sweden, until recently, provided free education to foreign students but changes have been introduced to charge fees to foreign students from outside of the European community. Denmark also has universal free education, and provides a monthly stipend, the "Statens Uddannelsesstøtte" or "SU", to students over 18 years of age. Greece and Argentina provide free education at all levels, including college and university.
In most countries, especially in non-English-speaking countries, there are no or only nominal tuition fees for all forms of education, including university and other higher education. Nearly 84% of American college students need financial aid to help pay for the rising tuition prices that are taking place all across the United States. Some 50% of these students rely almost fully on aid of some kind.
Austria, Chile, the Netherlands, South Africa, the USA, and the UK all have “up-front tuition policies." These policies generally include a tuition fee that is large enough that it gives parents “a responsibility to cover some portion of their children’s higher education costs." The parental responsibility inherent to this type of tuition can make it difficult for a low-income student to attend college without help from some kind of financial aid from grants or loans.
The cost of college tuition in the United States averages between $5,000 and $30,000 annually. However, the cost would not only depend on the factors mentioned above but also whether you were an in or out-of- state resident. For instance, as an in-state resident, you would pay on average $9,000 a year to earn a college degree whereas for being an out-of-state student, cost would increase. Then, the amount of tuition for international students increases to about $20,000 a year.
If you want any more information, look it up. =P What's your stance? Should education be free? Tuition be lowered? Or should it stay the same?