THE CHARTS

THE BOTTOM LINE

November 24 2008
THE CHARTS

THE BOTTOM LINE

November 24 2008

THE BOTTOM LINE

IN HIS TEACHINGS, the Greek philosopher Epictetus proclaimed: “Only the educated are free.” Unfortunately, an education isn’t. On average, undergraduate tuition fees across Canada increased by 3.6 per cent this year, slightly higher than last year’s mark of 2.8 per cent. Quebec had the highest increase at 5.4 per cent—two years after lifting a 13-year tuition freeze—although students at Quebec universities still pay among the lowest tuition in the country as long as they are residents of the province. Alberta and Ontario each saw fee increases of 4.7 per cent, while fees were up two per cent and 2.4 per cent in Prince Edward Island and British Columbia respectively.

Tuition fees in several provinces—New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador—remained virtually unchanged, while in Nova Scotia fees actually decreased by 2.9 per cent. Nova Scotia has some of the highest tuition fees in the country, but with the implementation of the Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Trust in March 2008, fees will remain frozen until 2011. As is customary, international students took it on the chin again this year, as their fees rose 3.9 per cent on average to $14,495When it comes to compulsory fees, students across the country are paying 3.3 per cent more on average this year, with Alberta students facing a whopping 10.6 per cent increase. M

—Cameron Ainsworth-Vincze

All fees in the accompanying chart are for undergraduate arts and science programs as of September 2008. 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 can vary according to program, or in the case of UBC, by campus location: students at the Okanagan campus pay $591—almost $100 less than students at the main Vancouver campus. Ancillary fees include student health plan fees. If students are covered by another insurance plan, they can opt out of most health plans, which range in cost from $49 to $414.

*Tuition at Nova Scotia universities is reduced for residents of the province. Out-of-province students must pay $761 more than the tuition fees listed here.

UNIVERSITY TUITION ANCILLARY TOTAL

FEES

Sherbrooke (Quebec students) $1,868 $404 $2,272

Laval (Quebec students) 1,868 550 2,418

Montréal (Quebec students) 1,868 673 2,541

Bishop's (Quebec students) 1,868 911 2,779

Memorial 2,550 491 3,041

Brandon (Arts) 2,730 457 3,187

McGill (Quebec students) 1,868 1,425 3,293

Concordia (Quebec students) 1,868 1,506 3,374

Brandon (Science) 2,965 457 3,422

Winnipeg (Arts) 2,911 677 3,588

Manitoba 2,972 638 3,610

Winnipeg (Science) 3,435 677 4,112

UBC (Arts) 4,342 670 5,012

St. Thomas 4,570 462 5,032

Saskatchewan (Arts) 4,416 641 5,057

Regina (Arts) 4,551 552 5,103

Saskatchewan (Science) 4,509 641 5,150

Simon Fraser 4,623 533 5,156

Cape Breton* 4,899 311 5,210

Lethbridge 4,580 633 5,213

Laurentian 4,706 531 5,237

Regina (Science) 4,689 552 5,241

Victoria 4,581 701 5,282

Carleton 4,738 551 5,289

UPEI 4,530 775 5,305

Saint Mary's (Arts)* 4,819 489 5,308

UBC (Science) 4,632 679 5,311

Ottawa 4,751 595 5,346

Brock 4,752 630 5,382

Windsor 4,660 726 5,386

Ryerson 4,775 617 5,392

UNBC 4,362 1,031 5,393

Moncton 4,920 484 5,404

Saint Mary's (Science)* 4,919 489 5,408

Trent 4,774 699 5,473

Nipissing 4,510 965 5,475

Lakehead 4,670 825 5,495

Waterloo 4,788 743 5,531

Queen's 4,785 775 5,560

McMaster 4,717 866 5,583

Western 4,724 859 5,583

Calgary 4,958 639 5,597

Wilfrid Laurier 4,774 831 5,605

Alberta 4,901 705 5,606

Mount Saint Vincent (Arts)* 4,789 840 5,629

Guelph 4,774 906 5,680

York 4,774 915 5,689

Toronto 4,776 963 5,739

Sherbrooke (out-of-province students) 5,378 404 5,782

Laval (out-of-province students) 5,378 550 5,928

Mount Saint Vincent (Science)* 5,094 840 5,934

New Brunswick 5,482 476 5,958

Montréal (out-of-province students) 5,378 673 6,051

Dalhousie (Arts)* 5,269 787 6,056

St. Francis Xavier* 5,444 743 6,187

Bishop's (out-of-province students) 5,378 911 6,289

McGill (out-of-province students) 5,378 1,425 6,803

Dalhousie (Science)* 6,079 787 6,866

Concordia (out-of-province students) 5,378 1,506 6,884

Mount Allison 6,720 267 6,987

Acadia* 5,891 1,199 7,090