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The bottom line

November 18 2002
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The bottom line

November 18 2002

The bottom line

UNIVERSITY RANKINGS Financial Planning

What does it really

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.

COMPULSORY UNIVERSITY TUITION ANCILLARY FEES TOTAL Sherbrooke (Quebec students) $1,668 $265 $1,933 Laval (Quebec students) 1,668 327 1,995 Montréal (Quebec students) 1,668 392 2,060 Concordia (Quebec students) 1,668 807 2,475 Bishop’s (Quebec students) 1,668 892 2,560 McGill (Quebec students) 1,668 1,143 2,811 UBC 2,661 222 2,883 Brandon (Arts) 2,730 191 2,921 Winnipeg (Arts) 2,786 159 2,945 Simon Fraser 2,853 238 3,091 Memorial 2,670 442 3,112 Victoria 2,796 321 3,117 Brandon (Science) 2,965 191 3,156 Winnipeg (Science) 3,210 159 3,369 UNBC 2,755 796 3,551 Manitoba 3,255 338 3,593 St. Thomas 3,520 114 3,634 Moncton 3,820 65 3,885 Regina (Arts) 3,882 203 4,085 Regina (Science) 4,002 203 4,205 Sherbrooke (out-of-province students) 4,013 265 4,278 Lethbridge 3,470 828 4,298 UPEI 3,870 448 4,318 Laval (out-of-province students) 4,012 327 4,339 Saskatchewan (Arts) 4,080 319 4,399 Montréal (out-of-province students) 4,013 392 4,405 Laurentian 4,106 331 4,437 Ottawa 4,085 353 4,438 Calgary 4,120 323 4,443 Lakehead 4,060 423 4,483 Alberta 4,032 459 4,491 Brock 4,107 415 4,522 New Brunswick 4,265 278 4,543 Waterloo 4,112 434 4,546 Windsor 4,008 598 4,606 Carleton 4,070 543 4,613 McMaster 4,032 594 4,626 Saskatchewan (Science) 4,320 319 4,639 Trent 4,106 539 4,645 Ryerson 4,178 513 4,691 York 4,106 600 4,706 Wilfrid Laurier 4,106 608 4,714 Concordia (out-of-province students) 4,013 807 4,820 Guelph 4,106 721 4,827 Queen’s 4,111 717 4,828 Western 4,065 805 4,870 Toronto 4,107 768 4,875 Bishop’s (out-of-province students) 4,012 892 4,904 Saint Mary’s (Arts) 4,685 256 4,941 Mount Saint Vincent 4,575 422 4,997 Saint Mary’s (Science) 4,785 256 5,041 McGill (out-of-province students) 4,013 1,143 5,156 Mount Allison 4,980 184 5,164 Cape Breton (UCCB) 4,862 366 5,228 Nipissing 4,581 711 5,292 Dalhousie (Arts) 4,860 460 5,320 St. Francis Xavier 4,940 394 5,334 Dalhousie (Science) 5,520 464 5,984 Acadia 6,584 321 6,905