Free Higher Education: Mistaking Equality and Equity

Ariane de Gayardon


Free higher education is seeing a revival of popularity globally at a time when
students and their families are asked to contribute ever more toward the cost of college.
However, contrary to popular belief, free-tuition higher education is not necessarily
associated with better access to, or equity within, tertiary education. This article takes a
closer look at the realities behind “free” higher education, more specifically in its
relationship with access.

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