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Saturday 19 April 2014

Tuition fees around the world

UNITED STATES

Universities and colleges set fees which vary from €1,500 up to €29,000 per year. The average fees are estimated at €9,000-€12,000. A broad range of loans and scholarships are available.

Universities offer substantial concessions and supports, depending on the ability to pay.

UNITED KINGDOM

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland fees are charged, but capped at €3,400. Students may be eligible for a grant, but otherwise they can take out a loan, which they repay when they are earning over €16,000. There are no fees in Scotland.

FRANCE

There are no tuition fees in public universities but there is an enrolment charge of up to €400. Private universities charge up to €7,500.

HOLLAND

€1,500 fee per year, which can be paid in installments.

Student loans can be repaid, based on earnings after graduation.

SWEDEN, DENMARK AND NORWAY

There are no fees at all.

GERMANY

There are no fees in some regions. However, regional governments have recently started to impose charges of between €100 and €500 per term. A student loan scheme is available.

SPAIN

Fees of €550 to €900 per annum depending on the region. Charges are reduced for students from large families.

AUSTRALIA

Under a complex system of contributions, fees paid by students range from zero to €4,500 for Australian students.

Students can pay a reduced rate up front or start when they graduate and reach a certain income threshold. If they fall below that income, the repayments are suspended.

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