What can we learn from other countries’ “free college” initiatives?

What can we learn from other countries’ “free college” initiatives?

Reported by Education Dive, a new study from the American Enterprise Institute suggests some potential unintended consequences of free college. Specifically in these international use cases, you find a high correlation between an increase in federal subsidies and lower admission rates.

This is partially because these programs are almost always rationed due to budget realities, creating a free tier that’s not super accessible, disincentivizing personal-pay education, and actually decreasing access to underserved groups, the opposite of what the legislation is intended to do.

The takeaway? Every country is different. But as we continue to adjust and create our own higher education access policies, how do we learn off the curve of other countries who have tried and experimented with different models, in order to insource the very best ideas that truly improve access for students who need it most?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.