Report projects tuition fees rising by almost 13% in next 4 years

September 11, 2013

The average cost of tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will rise by almost 13% over the next 4 years -- from $6,610 this fall to an estimated $7,437 in 2016-17 – according to a study released this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next 4 years, and ranks the provinces on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index. According to CCPA calculations, Ontario has the highest fees of $8,403 this fall, rising to an estimated $9,517 in 2016-17. Newfoundland and Labrador has the lowest fees of $2,872, rising to an estimated $2,886 in 2016-17. The report goes into detail for each province about how the authors come to their conclusions, which are based on different tuition caps and other assistance measures put in place by each government. CCPA News Release | Full Report