Vijay Prashad:


“The call for free higher education is not at all idealistic or utopian. Of the main advanced industrial countries (the 24 OECD states), in only three (Japan, South Korea and the United States) do public funds cover less than half the costs for college. In most of the [following] states, government money accounts for between 70% and 90% of college costs: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. The governments of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom contribute between 55% and 70% of the college bills.”

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