Croatia’s New Linear Tuition System: Students’ Friend or Foe?

Lucia Brajkovic


A unique political situation predating Croatia’s ascension to the European Union, along with countrywide student protests, led to the adoption of a linear tuition model in which students are exempt from any tuition payment during their first year of college. After the first year, they are charged tuition according to merit-based criteria. This article discusses the benefits and potential unintended consequences of this policy, as well as the possible adoption of this model by other countries.


Linear tuition model; Croatian higher education system; Student protests; Merit-based aid; Higher education finance

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