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Education Be/USA by NurIzin Education Be/USA by NurIzin
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.
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
And in Denmark, it's free.
NurIzin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Wich is even better ja.
In my case, as my mother hasn't a huge salary, we actually could get a fee. Last year we hadn't to pay anything, and this year, we actually got a bit more than €500 from the state, so, in a way, instead of paying for university, we actually got money... So, still a pretty fair system, especially for the poorer, even if not as developed as the ones in Scandinavia.
Seaxwulf Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear the Fatherland (Germany) has some good educational systematics, too.
worldsmixer Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*bangs head on desk*
We have just enough money to pay for everything here in the USA. Just enough, no more, no less.
I have to hope for a scholarship to got to collage...
foreverrussia1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Chill out bro. American schools attract millions of students and produce great scientists and inventors despite the fact that cheap ass european schools can provide them at a very socialist price. Means we must be doing something right. No matter how much you whine and grovel or try to spin it, the market simply works, and bureaucracy does not.
StupidFae Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Since when does overpriced equal ineffective? :u
foreverrussia1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Look at the system holistically; the pricing of the education is a critical part of the system, and high expense is compensated by the fact that most of those studying in American schools have high capital, and can afford it, furthermore the expense pays for the quality of the education. It would be understandable to make cuts and grants for underprivileged students, which is why a system of loans exists within the banks, and also there are private as well as public scholarships or grants that are available to highly qualified or financially underprivileged students.
StupidFae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
A lot of people here can't afford it even with those things. :/ Not everyone who wants and can't afford an education qualifies for a grant or scholarship, and I probably don't need to tell you how important education is! (Also, you have to pay loans back. That puts students, fresh out of college and probably jobless, in debt. That is becoming a huge problem here, it's one of the big things that started OWS. Even if you aren't poor, paying back what would be at the very least $20,000 is hard even without interest rates.)

I think more government funding should go to making it free or at least affordable for everyone, instead of putting so much in our military. Seriously, do you know how much government spending goes to the military? :u
foreverrussia1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
First of all, here's about that military spending [link]

You're 15 trillion dollars in debt, there is no manner in which that debt can be payed of if sufficient taxation rates are already throwing you into a 40% deficit.

Secondly, if you take a loan that's your responsibility to pay for it, not mine. A secondary education isn't required to enter the labor force, and if you do need it, why should the burden go to the taxpayers en masse rather than the single person, looking out for his own needs? Such a system already exists and has existed and the system does not work because it does not generate profit, therefore does not produce quality education, and does not look after your needs effectively. That is why you have to pay for your own college, there are responsibilities in life, and that the OWS crowd tried to ignore those responsibilities and take a dump on our streets, well that's the whole gist of their movement; they don't care about either logic or responsibility, they just want other people, who work for a living, to pay for their liberal arts degrees.
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