British Columbia's undergraduate tuition fees are Canada's 4th lowest

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Tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students studying at British Columbia’s universities and colleges are the fourth lowest in the country.

Students in the province paid $840 less in tuition fees for the 2014-2015 academic year than the Canadian average, according to Statistics Canada. The average fees paid was $5,118, a 2 per cent increase from the previous school year. In comparison, the Canadian average sits at $5,959 which represents a 3.3 per cent increase.

Tuition fees are higher in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. British Columbia is only surpassed by Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Manitoba.

“Our government is committed to keeping education affordable in B.C. for students, families and taxpayers through a range of programs and supports,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “These range from interest free loans during studies, to open textbooks, loan reduction and loan forgiveness grants for certain careers.

Average full-time undergraduate tuition fees in Canada

Canada (countrywide)

  • 2013/2014: $5,767
  • 2014/2015: $5,959
  • Change: 3.3%

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • 2013/2014: $2,631
  • 2014/2015: $2,631
  • Change: 0.0%

Prince Edward Island

  • 2013/2014: $5,688
  • 2014/2015: $5,857
  • Change: 3.0%

Nova Scotia

  • 2013/2014: $6,215
  • 2014/2015: $6,440
  • Change: 3.6%

New Brunswick

  • 2013/2014: $6,112
  • 2014/2015: $6,324
  • Change: 3.5%

Quebec

  • 2013/2014: $2,657
  • 2014/2015: $2,743
  • Change: 3.2%

Ontario

  • 2013/2014: $7,257
  • 2014/2015: $7,539
  • Change: 3.9%

Manitoba

  • 2013/2014: $3,790
  • 2014/2015: $3,887
  • Change: 2.6%

Saskatchewan

  • 2013/2014: $6,402
  • 2014/2015: $6,659
  • Change: 4.0%

Alberta

  • 2013/2014: $5,018
  • 2014/2015: $5,118
  • Change: 1.0%

British Columbia

  • 2013/2014: $5,018
  • 2014/2015: $5,118
  • Change: 2.0%

 

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