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THE BOTTOM LINE

November 14 2005
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THE BOTTOM LINE

November 14 2005

THE BOTTOM LINE

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UNIVERSITY RANKINGS | Finances

So, what does it really cost to go to university? Well, that depends on where you want to study. On average, tuition for the typical undergraduate program rose 111 per cent, in constant dollars, between 1990-1991 and 2004-2005. This year brought some relief: fees increased, on average, by 1.8 per cent— less than inflation and the smallest hike in more than a quarter century. Still, fees vary enormously across the country. Tuition in Nova Scotia, already the highest in Canada, rose a further 4.6 per cent. Neighbouring New Brunswick implemented the largest percentage increase, at 6.7 per cent, and P.E.I. came second, at 6.2 per cent.

Many provinces took the opposite tack. After three years of double-digit increases, British Columbia limited its fee increases to just 2.9 per cent. Meanwhile, debt-free Alberta announced a rebate on the annual tuition hikes, and Saskatchewan froze tuition. Fees also remained relatively steady in Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland, although students in the Prairie province were miffed when ancillary fees were boosted by a whopping 25 per cent.

And then there’s Quebec, where fees have been frozen since 1994—at least for those who are residents of the province. And thanks to a series of international agreements with a wide variety of countries, students from such countries as Senegal, China and Morocco are eligible to get the same deal. No such luck for students from elsewhere in Canada: for them, tuition continues to rise.

All fees in the accompanying chart are for undergraduate arts and science programs as of September 2005. 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 ancillary fees include student health-plan fees. If studenst are covered by another insurance plan, they can opt out of most health plans, which range in cost from $34 to $366.05.

COMPULSORY ANCILLARY FEES

Sherbrooke (Quebec students)

$1,668

$468

$2,136

Laval (Quebec students)

1,668

503

2,171

Montréal (Quebec students)

1,668

595

2,263

Bishop’s (Quebec students)

1,668

915

2,583

Concordia (Quebec students)

1,668

1,174

2,842

McGill (Quebec students)

1,668

Memorial

2,550

1,297

465

2,965

3,015

Brandon (Arts)

2,730

345

3,075

Brandon (Science)

2,965

345

3,310

Winnipeg (Arts)

2,911

617

,528

Manitoba

3,255

487

,742

Winnipeg (Science)

3,335

617

,952

St. Thomas

4,145

281

4,426

Laurentian

4,184

332

4,516

Ottawa

Waterloo

4,163

4,194

440

451

4,603

4,645

Lakehead

4,140

531

4,671

Carleton

4,152

539

4,691

UBC

4,092

613

4,705

Ryerson

4,184

527

4,711

Nipissing

3,950

795

4,745

Brock

4,184

563

4,747

UNBC

4,110

648

4,758

Lethbridge

4,000

767

4,767

Windsor

4,084

706

4,790

Simon Fraser

4,356

505

4,861

Saskatchewan (Arts)

4,416

448

4,864

Trent

4,184

706

4,890

Queen’s

4,193

724

4,917

Wilfrid Laurier

4,184

738

4,922

McMaster

4,133

791

4,924

Victoria

4,325

608

4,933

Moncton

4,518

437

4,955

Saskatchewan (Science)

4,509

448

4,957

Regina (Arts)

4,551

412

4,963

Toronto

4,185

797

4,982

York

4,184

803

4,987

Montréal (out-of-province students) 4,401

595

4,996

Western

4,140

Guelph

4,184

Alberta

4,537

863

828

498

5,003

5,012

5,035

tegina (Science)_4,689 412_5,101

iherbrooke (out-of-province students) 4,651 468 5,119

aval (out-of-province students)_4,651_503

5,154

Calgary

4,590

581

5,171

UPEI

4,620

584

5,204

New Brunswick

5,008

501

5,509

¡¡shop’s (out-of-province students) 4,651_915_5,566

Cape Breton_5,450 273_5,723

Concordia (out-of-province students) 4,651 1,174 5,825

McGill (out-of-province students)

4,651

1,297

5,948

Mount Saint Vincent (Arts)

5,340

619

,959

Saint Mary’s (Arts)

5,370

672

,042

Saint Mary’s (Science)

5,470

672

6,142

Mount Saint Vincent (Science)

5,635

619

6,254

Mount Allison

6,100

241

6,341

Dalhousie (Arts)

5,820

690

St. Francis Xavier

5,975

586

6,510

6,561

Dalhousie (Science) Acadia

6,630

7,760

690

356

J7320

8,116