In the UK you pay the license fee (for the BBC, which then has no commercials) per household, not per device.
When I was in college it was irritating, but in retrospect, I received 3 degrees for free. In fact, the government actually gave me a modest stipend for those 7 years on top of a free education. So paying a little for TV wasn't so bad (and was far cheaper than my current cable bill).
Of course, free higher ed has disappeared in the UK now
Yeah, it's per household rather than per item. It still irritates me though as you have to pay GIS for the public channels. However, you get the public channels through satellite/cable anyway and a portion of that goes to them. I will say that commercials don't often interrupt things like movies, so that's nice.
I'm happy to help pay for education and I hope we can keep it that way. I will say that I expect higher standards for students though and I don't allow mine to whine about things like projects. I try to remind them on a regular basis that they're in a university and expected to perform at a certain level. I see far fewer lazy students at university than I do those that are working towards their Matura.
Either way, education costs the same here as it does anywhere else, it's just a matter of who is paying (everyone vs. the individual). There is no perfect system, unfortunately
This made me LOL.