Access / Equity / Financial Aid

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Access/Equity/Financial Aid

One important aspect of education in Argentina is that University level tuition is free and open to anyone. Although it is not required to pay any kind of fee at universities, hidden costs of education, like transportation and materials, are often neglected and a lack of a well-developed and widespread scholarship system makes it hard for students from low-income families to enroll in public universities. For each eight students from the 20% upper-income class, there is only one student from the 20% lower-income class able to pursue higher education. In contrast, post-graduate education requires some form of funding and it is generally not free. (Guadagni 2005)
With open admission then there is open access. While access to higher education is available to anyone with a high school degree (Garcia de Fanelli, 2007, p 577), doesn’t mean they have the ability to go. Access doesn’t mean equitable. The idea for tuition free public universities is meant for all students to have access to higher education (Rozada & Menendez, 2002). Enrollment is open in Argentina for public universities, only requiring a high school degree while private universities vary and can be open admission or have an application process (Rozada & Menendez, 2002). As Rozada and Menendez (2002) explain, it’s accessible but not equitable, since family 's socioeconomic background is a major factor influencing a student’s ability to go to college or not. There is hardly equal access…
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