The Globe and Mail recently published its annual national survey of undergraduates (Canadian University Report), which includes an infographic on average 2012/13 tuition fees across Canada – and one-year increase. (The source for the data is Statistics Canada).
Several findings stand out:
Two of the largest provinces in Canada have some of the highest and, respectively, lowest tuition fees in Canada. Ontario’s average stands at $7,180 per year (5.4% increase from 2011/12), while Quebec’s is two and a half lower: $2,774 (10.1% increase from previous year)! More on tuition fees as a political decision here.
The average 2012/13 tuition fees across Canada are $5,581 (5% increase from 2011/12). The average for international students studying at the undergraduate level is $18,641 (5.5% increase from previous year).
The highest undergraduate fees are in dentistry programs: $16,910.
These figures do not include additional compulsory fees which are $750 on average across Canada (3.3% increase from 2011/12).
A recent report released by Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway recommended that Canadian post-secondary institutions may want to stop charging international students higher tuition fees than what Canadians pay.
Even among Canadian students, the cost of education is rated as the no. 1 source of stress. A recent survey conducted by BMO Bank of Montreal and Pollara indicated that – for domestic students – “the total cost of post-secondary education […] including tuition, school supplies, housing and other expenses, amounts to $14,500 a year, or nearly $60,000 for a four-year program.”