German states abolish tuition fees in about-face

February 14, 2014

All of Germany’s 10 states have decided to abolish tuition fees, despite the fact that 7 of those states first introduced fees in 2006 and 2007. Times Higher Education reports that the idea to introduce the fees in the first place came from a popular trend among politicians, while protests and lobbying from students, opposition political parties and other citizens sparked a reversal of that trend only a few years later. The only state still charging tuition fees in 2014, Lower Saxony, will stop doing so at the end of this academic year. Times Higher Education