Free higher education is a myth. There is no such thing anywhere in the world, even in wealthy states like Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden, which insist that their tertiary education systems are “free”. In fact, higher education in those countries is predominantly paid for by taxpayers. They can afford it. They are rich, socially and economically equitable societies.
Higher education is a resource intensive enterprise. It cannot effectively function without a massive injection of resources in a sustained and escalated way. (read more @ TheConversation)