CCPA report warns tuition fees increasing faster than incomes, inflation

September 11, 2012

A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) observes that since 1990, average tuition and compulsory fees for undergraduate students have increased by 6.2% annually -- 3 times the rate of inflation. The report estimates tuition and compulsory fees will rise nearly 18% over the next 4 years to more than $7,300. The report shows a wide divergence in the cost of PSE across Canada, with Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec among the low-cost provinces and Ontario and Alberta among the high-cost jurisdictions. Using what it calls its "cost of learning" index, which measures tuition increases against the rise of income for the average family, CCPA says NL is the most affordable province for university education, both for median- and low-income families, while Ontario and Nova Scotia are the least affordable. CCPA News Release | Canadian Press | Report