Most Italian Universities are public, and in fact they’re not very expensive, at least compared with Anglo-Saxon ones. Moreover, if your family is poor, you are entitled to fee exemptions, scholarships and other benefits.
But how do you establish if a student’s family is poor ? You use fiscal data, of course. The problem is that in Italy such data are very often altered by tax avoidance .
Recently, the Italian Tax Police started a campaign of checks on the papers of “poor” students enlisted in the the main Rome Universities, finding that 62 percent of statements were false. A girl’s “poor” family owned a villa with a swimming pool and a Ferrari.