"Price war" erupting at Atlantic universities

December 8, 2007

The Ottawa Citizen reports that many of Canada's Atlantic universities are "slashing prices" to attract students from Ontario. Newfoundland has cut tuition 23% since 2001, to an average of $2,633 -- second only to Quebec's $2,025 as the lowest in Canada. PEI cut tuition 9.8% this year, to $4,440. Nova Scotia, at $5,878, still has the country's highest tuition rates, but cut tuition 8.5% this year. Only New Brunswick, with Canada's second-highest tuition, has resisted the price war, instead increasing tuition by 4.8%, the steepest jump in the country.