Consider US universities grade 12 results

University policy

America, are you better off? When introducing tuition fees, many refer to the USA as an example. The exact comparison shows: The privatization of costs will not bring more, but less justice and quality.


In the ongoing discussion about tuition fees, critics who point out the impending social consequences of this step are repeatedly cited as the example of the USA. There, the proportion of students from socially disadvantaged families is far higher than in Germany, although the US universities consistently raise tuition fees, higher than expected in this country. Such fees are therefore quite compatible with a social opening of the universities. Above all, this is ensured by a sophisticated scholarship system that allows every applicant to study that meets the required performance requirements.

To begin with, this argument has a lot to offer. The student quota in the USA is actually well above the German level. Nor is it restricted to the upper classes of society. The lower half of the population also has a relatively high and steadily increasing level of university attendance.

Between 1972 and 1992, high school graduates, who come from the bottom fifth of the US population, increased the college enrollment rate from 38 percent to 54 percent. However, the top quintile increased its quota from 85 to 94 percent over the same period. [1]