Chilean Universities: Not So Tuition-free After All

  • Ariane de Gayardon
  • Andrés Bernasconi
Keywords: Chile, Higher Education, Free tuition


In 2011, massive student demonstrations disturbed the proper functioning of universities, with students making free higher education one of their key demands. In 2013, Michele Bachelet, a socialist, was elected president - free higher education being one of her most important electoral promises. This article summarizes the "Short Tuition Free Act" of December 2015 in Chile which is supposed to be the first step toward a free tuition higher education for all. It analyses the current conditions under which students can have access to subsidized tuition and the pitfalls of the current law. It also provides critics of the current approach and questions the possibility of implementing a free for all policy.

Author Biographies

Ariane de Gayardon

Ariane de Gayardon is a PhD candidate in higher education at the Boston College Lynch School of Education as well as a graduate assistant at the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), US. 

Andrés Bernasconi

Andrés Bernasconi is associate professor and vice-dean at the School of Education of the Ponti cia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

How to Cite
de Gayardon, A., & Bernasconi, A. (2016). Chilean Universities: Not So Tuition-free After All. International Higher Education, (86), 23-25.
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