Fellows from the other side of the ocean, if you can speak French or Dutch, come to study in Belgium, it shall cost you less than to study in USA.
And if you can speak Swedish or Norwegian, come there too, they've really good prices and universities too.
In Norway, one year at University costs $74.
Why some countrues can have a such "low" price is quite easy to explain : in the case of Sweden and Norway : it's thanks to social-democracy, a soft/less radical form of socialism, making a compromise between free-market/capitalist economy, and social policies.
In Belgium it's globally the same reasons : strong socialist and liberal pillars.
A state funding a lot universities and schools but having high taxes isn't a state trying to control your life, it's a state caring about having educated people, and caring about the welfare of people.
Police, repressions are less violent, people are less watched and spied by secret services in Sweden, Norway and Belgium than in USA, and have more political freedom of choice and expression/contestation.
Republicans say they're against "governement controlling life of people", but they're the ones who control the most the life of others, with things such as patriot act, anti-birth control campaigns, anti-abortion, anti-gay policies.