Germany offers tuition-free college to all American students

Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What's more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.
In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees "unjust" and added that "they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. 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."
Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.
It's too bad that politicians in the U.S. don't feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation's public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.
With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting. 


  1. Even less likely to succeed now that the encrypted data can be made indistinguishable from random junk with no way to prove otherwise.

  2. Mark Van DykeOctober 10, 2014

    How many Americans can speak or willing to learn German? Very few.

  3. Mark Van DykeOctober 10, 2014

    Most Americans can't even speak correct English, and have terrible linguistic abilities. They expect the whole world to speak English.

  4. I lived in Germany for two years while in the USAF. Its a beautiful country full of culture. Its always was a patchwork of independent kingdoms and duchies, and as long as it savors that history of local variety it will always be a progressive force. I think that anytime it has tried to unify around a single national culture, that is when things turned ugly.
    Hopefully this will bring a few Americans over (I agree it won't be many) so more Americans can appreciate how much more open, creative and forward thinking Germans are.
    As for the US, there is a reason we could never do this here. Too many students would take advantage of free education just to sit in classes where they could spout off ignorant sophistry about how "oppressive" everything in America is. Our college system has become a joke. I came back from overseas on the GI bill and was sitting in classes with lazy idiots whose mommies and daddies were paying their way and they were taking a bunch of classes in "ethnic studies" learning to shout ignorant slogans about how awful society was (as if they weren't a part of that ) and then they knew less about other ethnicities and cultures than a working class GI who had been in the Middle East and Europe. Made me wonder why I ever volunteered to defend these idiots.

  5. Free German education? Wunderbar!

  6. Mark Van DykeOctober 10, 2014

    I am also USAF Veteran (10 years) and but renounced citizenship last year because I haven';t worked or lived in USA since 1989. Got my original Dutch citizenship back in 1997 and all kinds of high paying jobs opened up for me in Europe. I did work a civilian contract at Rhein Main and Ramstein before getting Dutch citizenship and even the American civilians I worked with thought that because the USA ''won'' the war the Germans should speak English. Arrogant shitheads.

  7. Mark Van DykeOctober 10, 2014

    Here in the Netherlands and in Germany a high school diploma would be equivalent to 2 years college in the USA. They start teaching advanced math, physics, in the 8th grade here and there is not emphasis on school sports , Thats up to the village, town or city. School is for learning, not to play sports.

  8. Mark Van DykeOctober 10, 2014

    Kids here start getting 3 languages in second grade. Its important in the business world.

  9. German is an elective in most high schools in the US

  10. Sho LeBlancOctober 11, 2014

    This is great news! It needs to disseminated on other sites so more people can see it.

  11. Mark Van DykeOctober 12, 2014

    Yes I know, I took German in US highschool when I lived there. back in 1964. I aced the course because I was born in Holland LOL. Actually the best way to learn the language is to LIVE there. My German course helped a little but its not the same as living there.


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