CCPA predicts undergraduate fees will increase by 13% over next 4 years

September 11, 2014

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has published a new report that examines trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada. The CCPA predicts in the report that undergraduate tuition and compulsory fees will rise by 13% over the next 4 years, a forecast that echoes the organization's 2013 figures. The report also looks at the “Cost of Learning,” which considers tuition and compulsory fees for in-province students alongside median family income and a family living at the low-income cut-off. This calculation is used to compare provincial figures for the Cost of Learning against the national average. The report finds that Newfoundland and Labrador is the most affordable province, while New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan are projected to be the least affordable over the next 4 years. The report notes that universities frequently increase unregulated compulsory fees as a way to circumvent fee caps and compensate for inadequate public funding. The CCPA reports that in 2013–14, additional compulsory fees increased by an average of 5.3% across all provinces. An increasing number of universities are implementing a “two-tier” policy by charging out-of-province students higher tuition, or by offering discounts or bursaries to in-province students. Full Report | CBC News | Toronto Star | Globe and Mail