Economy and Development

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

January 27, 2020
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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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