Manhattan —

The cost of tuition at four-year public colleges has nearly quadrupled over the past 35 years, while private college tuition has tripled over the same time period, according to College Board estimates.

Some 5,000 American study in Germany and an increasing number are looking to the European country as a higher education alternative, recruiters say. While U.S. students in Germany generally have to pay for their own housing, books and living expenses, tuition at public universities there is free.

The Goethe-Institut New York hosted an information fair and held workshops for prospective students to learn more about studying and working in Germany.