6 countries where college tuition is completely (or essentially) free for Americans
The price of attending an accredited university in the U.S., whether it be public or private, only seems to be growing.
Between tuition fees, application fees, room and board and everything in between, getting a degree in America is no cheap (or easy) feat.
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In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average cost of attending college or university (tuition plus fees) in the U.S. was $32,405 for private colleges, $9,410 for in-state students at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state students at public colleges, according to Collegeboard.
But unsurprisingly, fees and tuition costs are not streamlined around the globe.
In fact, some countries offer tuition completely free to students going for a 4-year degree.
If you have a bit of wanderlust, are up for an adventure and don't necessarily foresee yourself paying the tens of thousands that most U.S. colleges and universities charge per year for tuition, furthering your education abroad isn't a bad bet.
Here are 6 countries where the cost of higher education is free or nearly free in comparison to U.S. tuition costs:
Of course, there are several other factors to consider.
In some of these countries, like Scandinavia or Slovenia, the cost of living is significantly higher than that of a lower-income area in America.
Other aspects that come into play are the ability to get a job while on a student visa, tax rates of certain areas, and of course, the challenge of cultural differences.
It's a cost-benefit situation, but if you're down for free college with a ton of sightseeing, going across the pond (or a few ponds) might be a solid option.
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