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Tuition Fees at German Universities?

Germany's highest court is expected to rule on a university tuition ban later this year. While the government supports the ban, the opposition wants fees. DW-WORLD readers weigh in.

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Prevent tuition fees, reads the sign

It is good that students can concentrate on their studies without worrying about tuition fees. Education is the back bone of a country and students are tomorrow's rulers of a country. Education should not be commercial and it should reach everyone who has the real qualification and not just those with money. -- Sankar, India

I found it difficult to choose a university since I could not base it on the strength of the programs of my interest offered at the different schools, but instead had to base it on how much it cost for me to go there. I think it's great that German students are able to go to a university without worrying about paying for their tuition. Being able to go to a university should not be based on how much you are able to afford, but rather on how much you are able to accomplish. -- Kari, studying in the United States

There are many ways to fund education: grants, work, and scholarships. Certainly it is lovely to enjoy many social benefits, however someone must pay for these. Either with higher taxes or private funds. Governments have and earn no money. Everything must come from citizens, via taxation. It makes sense that an education, as a personal choice, should be the responsibility of the student. If the student is responsible for payment, is that not just? -- Donna Day

I am still astonished that young people have expectations that the state, i.e. the taxpayers, should entirely subsidize their education, their medical care etc. Does merely being born give rise to the right to live at the expense of others? Of course there should be tuition, to defray at least a part of the cost of providing higher education. Nothing is free. -- Manuel H. Rodriguez

Yes, it's a good idea in the long term, because it offers a good financial resource for the expected changes in the education system in the future. -- Ayman Yunes



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