Imagine if you headed to university knowing that not only would you leave with a degree, but that you would be debt-free too. For students in Denmark, this is their reality. Not only do they not have to pay tuition fees, they also get financial assistance while they study. The contrast with the UK system couldn’t be more stark. However, the generous education system also has an expensive hidden cost for the Danes.
BBC Three compares the education system in Denmark and United Kingdom in the above video.
The Danish students’ Grants and Loans Scheme
Every Dane over the age of 18 is entitled to public support for his or her further education – regardless of social standing. Tuition at Danish public and most private educational institutions is free for Danish students and for EU/EEA students as well as for students participating in an exhange programme. All other students have to pay a tuition fee. Society lends students a helping hand in covering living costs for a great variety of courses and studies. Support for students’ living costs is awarded by the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (Danish acronym: “SU” and “SU-lån”), a system managed by the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants (Styrelsen for Institutioner og Uddannelsesstøtte) in collaboration with the educational institutions and under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
If you are a foreign citizen, you must fulfil specific conditions in order to be granted equal status with Danish citizens and receive state educational grant (SU).
(Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants)