Economy and Development

Lessons Learned from Chile’s Shift to Tuition-Free College

January 27, 2020

In 2011, Chile was marked by the masses protesting the outrageous tuition rates and extreme levels of student debts. In 2016, the Chilean government responded by enacting a program known as gratuidad—making college free for qualified students. With the goals of reducing student debt, increasing enrollment among lower-income students, and decreasing the inequality entrenched in the education system and its students, gratuidad brought many students hope.

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