BC undergraduate tuition fees are fourth-lowest in Canada

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Victoria: British Columbian full-time students in undergraduate programs paid $840 less in tuition fees for the 2014-15 academic year than the Canadian average which is $5,959. But in Newfoundland and Labrador its even less than half of Canadian average i.e. only $2,631 for the academic year. In Ontario undergraduate studies costs $7,539 for the year, which is most costly province on the chart.

Table: Weighted average undergraduate tuition fees for Canadian full-time students, by province

 

2013/2014 (final)

2014/2015p

2013/2014 to 2014/2015

 

current dollars

% change

Canada

5,767

5,959

3.3

Newfoundland and Labrador

2,631

2,631

0.0

Prince Edward Island

5,688

5,857

3.0

Nova Scotia

6,215

6,440

3.6

New Brunswick

6,112

6,324

3.5

Quebec

2,657

2,743

3.2

Ontario

7,257

7,539

3.9

Manitoba

3,790

3,887

2.6

Saskatchewan

6,402

6,659

4.0

Alberta

5,675

5,730

1.0

British Columbia

5,018

5,118

2.0

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BC Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk said, “Our government is committed to keeping education affordable in B.C. for students, families and taxpayers through a range of programs and supports. These range from interest free loans during studies, to open textbooks, loan reduction and loan forgiveness grants for certain careers.”

A Statistics Canada survey on tuition fees shows that undergraduate tuition in B.C. remains lower than Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The top three provinces with lowest tuition fees are Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Manitoba.

B.C. still has the fourth-lowest undergraduate tuition fees at $5,118, a 2% increase between 2013-14 and 2014-15 compared to the Canadian average of $5,959, which increased 3.3% over the same time period.

BC Advanced Education Ministry boasts that this year as ninth straight year in which B.C.’s tuition increase has remained below the national average increase.

On average, B.C. students pay less than one-third of the cost of post-secondary education of national average.

Statistics Canada data are from the survey of tuition and living accommodation costs for full-time students at Canadian-degree granting institutions including 11 public universities in B.C. The survey was administered from April to July 2014 and the data covers the 2014-15 academic year.