“My teenage life was full of grief and very trying times,” says Justin Scott. “I struggled most of my life with addictions and a broken family.” Early in his life, Justin experimented with drugs to cope with turmoil in his home life. By the time he was in high school, he was on a path that would put him through a decade of “chaos and despair.”
At 25, he hit rock bottom and decided to get the help he needed. He desperately wanted to make his life better. He discovered a passion for helping others and applied for a nursing program at a private college.
College and university in BC is expensive. Estimates suggest Canadian post-secondary grads acquire a debt load that’s over $35,000 on average. According to the BC Federation of Students, “BC students are graduating with some of the highest debt levels in Canada.” The government recently made a move to cut interest on student loans by half but they still are making serious bank off students.
In other places in Canada and around the world, governments have made the choice to provide free education because post-secondary is about acquiring knowledge and skills that are useful throughout life. Here are five places where education is free.