All German universities will now be free of charge starting next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge.
“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012. “
Stapelfeldt argues that tuition fees discourage young people without a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. "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."
Seeing how things work in the US, I wish we could develop a system of free University schooling for students. I believe the argument right now is money allows universities to attract the best professors. However, if the entire population didn't have to pay for schooling and fear of crippling student loans vanished, universities would be much more competitive to be accepted to. I feel this would naturally sort the "brightest" students and professors to the universities that are more selective.
This may be flawed logic though, what do you guys think?