How much do tertiary students pay and what public support do they receive?

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This paper notes that OECD countries differ significantly in the way spending on tertiary education is shared between public and private sources of funding, and in the financial support they provide to students. Countries with high tuition fees tend to also be those where private entities other than households make a more significant contribution to funding tertiary institutions. By contrast, in countries with more progressive tax regimes, students often pay low or no tuition fees and have access to generous public subsidies for tertiary education, but then face high income tax rates. An...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Tertiary education; Finance; Governance; Students; Equity

Keywords: OECD country; Financial aid; Cost; Government role; Fees; Access to education and training

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2016

Physical description: 4 p.

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Series: OECD education indicators in focus; no. 41, April 2016

ISSN: 2226-7077 (online)

Resource type: Paper

Call number: TD/TNC 124.387

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