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The cost of studying in Canada requires a higher degree of thought

Widely varying tuition fees and financial aid programmes prevent students from making fully informed decisions, and policymakers from understanding the effects of interventions, say Ross Finnie, Richard Mueller and Arthur Sweetman.

Jun 11, 2018

The cost of attending a university is an important factor in students’ education decisions and governments’ access strategies. Although much debate focuses on tuition fees alone, the policy landscape in Canada is highly complex and would benefit from better alignment.

Regarding tuition fees, there is a remarkable range of “sticker prices”. On average, undergraduate tuition plus compulsory “ancillary” fees for Canadian citizens and permanent residents in 2017-18 are C$7,451 (£4353) a year. But since provincial governments are responsible for education, this average masks enormous geographic variation. Mean provincial undergraduate tuition plus fees range from C$3,652 in Newfoundland to C$9,389 in Ontario.

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