Quebec proposes new plan on tuition fee increases

April 27, 2012

Quebec Premier Jean Charest announced Friday that he is willing to phase in the $1,625 increase in tuition fees over 7 years instead of 5. On the whole, those changes would mean that, rather than annual hikes of $325 for 5 years, fees would rise by $254 for 7 consecutive years. Following the 7-year phase-in, future tuition fees increases would be indexed to the rate of inflation. The government would also add $39 million in bursaries and improve the student loans program. The province's proposal also includes the establishment of a council to ensure better management of universities and periodic evaluations on the impact of the higher tuition fees on university access. Quebec News Release (in French) | Canadian Press | CBC | Montreal Gazette