OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The average cost of tuition and
compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will rise by almost
13% over the next four years, from $6,885 this fall to an estimated
$7,755 in 2017-18, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre
for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since
1993, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and
ranks the provinces on affordability for median- and low-income
families using a Cost of Learning Index.
"As fees continue to increase, almost without exception, provincial
policies have shifted to a de facto two-tiered fee structure that sees
in-province students charged less than out-of-province students for the
same degree. It's undercut the principle of universality, as students
find themselves in very different financial situations depending on the
province in which they reside and where they choose to pursue their
education," explains Education Director Erika Shaker.
Additionally, other compulsory fees—which are largely
unregulated—continue to increase on top of tuition fees as universities
look for other creative ways to compensate for inadequate public
According to the study, Ontario is the province with the highest fees
and will see its tuition and other fees climb from $8,474 this fall to
an estimated $9,483 in 2017-18. Newfoundland and Labrador remains the
province with the lowest tuition and other compulsory fees of $2,871
this fall, rising to an estimated $2,888 in 2017-18.
The study's Cost of Learning Index demonstrates the role that provincial
governments play in ensuring university education is more—or
less—affordable for median and low-income families, particularly when
household debt is at an all-time high and incomes have been stagnant
for over two decades. Nationally, university education has become, on
average, 20% less affordable for median families in Canada since 1993.
"Newfoundland and Labrador is the most affordable province for
university education for both median- and low-income families, while
New Brunswick is the least affordable for median-income families and
Alberta is the least affordable for low-income families," says David
Macdonald, CCPA Senior Economist and co-author of the study. "However,
if current trends continue, Saskatchewan is projected to become the
least affordable province for both low-and median-income families."
Tier for Two: Managing the Optics of Provincial Tuition Fee Policies is available on the CCPA website: http://policyalternatives.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
For further information:
Trish Hennessy at 416-525-4927