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Who should bear the cost of public tertiary education?

The cost of tertiary education varies across the world. With many expenses to cover including room and board, basic utilities and salaries for professors, how should these operating costs be funded? This debate revolves around equity, socio-economic factors, and the role of tertiary education in society.

Tertiary education should be subsidized by the government

The government should help make tertiary education affordable to all, but not free.

The sustainability of affordable education

Subsidizing education would help alleviate economic barriers without exhausting government funds.

The student loan incentive

Student loans benefit society in the long run by incentivising graduates.

Risk sharing

Splitting the responsibility of paying back student loans between institutions and students may help regulate the cost of public tertiary education, keeping it affordable to all.

Tertiary education should be funded wholly by the government

The government should fund tertiary education to the point where it becomes tuition-free.

The equity of no-cost education

For some, the cost of tertiary education is a barrier to entry that can be removed through increased funding.

Endowment funding

Some public tertiary education systems have accounts with as much as $30.9 billion that are seldom used.

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This page was last edited on Thursday, 16 Apr 2020 at 05:03 UTC