Denmark’s free education policy has created ‘eternity students’ who never graduate

Denmark has a term for people who don't graduate in the normal five-year track: eternity students. Because Danish students receive a monthly grant and pay no tuition, some...

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  • Denmark has a term for people who don't graduate in the normal five-year track: eternity students.
  • Because Danish students receive a monthly grant and pay no tuition, some feel compelled to move through their studies without thinking about the future.
  • A 2015 amendment made it easier for universities to push students through, but the trend still exists.

As one of a handful of countries that offers free tuition to college students, Denmark grants students enormous freedom from debt and the pressure to declare a major right away.

But some Danes, especially older citizens already in the labor force, say the extra freedom…

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