cost to get an undergraduate education in Canada? Well, that depends on where you want to study.
On average, tuition for the typical undergraduate has risen more than 85 per cent, in today’s dollars, since 1990. But the cost varies enormously across the country. The big news this year was the deregulation of tuition in British Columbia: after a six-year freeze, undergraduate fees rose between 22 and 30 per cent. Even so, tuition levels remain considerably lower than in the most costly province, Nova Scotia. And while most provinces increased tuition fees at a much more conservative rate, Newfoundland headed in the opposite direction, decreasing tuition by 10 per cent for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, Manitoba awarded students a 10-percent rebate on fees frozen at last year’s level.
And then there’s Quebec, where the story is a little more complicated. Yes, Quebec students pay a pittance compared with their peers in Nova Scotia —as long as they are residents of the province. And thanks to an international agreement, students from French-speaking countries, including Senegal and Belgium, get the same deal. For these students, fees have been frozen since 1994. But for students from elsewhere in Canada, no such luck: tuition has been rising steadily.
Given the wide range of fees, Maclean's has ranked the universities with a student’s pocketbook in mind. All fees are for undergraduate arts and science programs as of September, 2002. The names of several universities appear twice: Quebec institutions where out-of-province fees apply, and universities where there are different fees for arts programs and science programs.
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