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By Rose Troup Buchanan
Lower Saxony has become the last German state to abolish tuition fees for university students – even for international students.
Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic, Lower Saxony’s minister for science and culture, said to German Pulse the decision was taken “because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents.”
The decision means the entire country is non-fee paying.
Germany’s higher education institutions have traditional been free but in 2006 a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that fees did not conflict with Germany’s commitment to universal education.
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