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How Much Does University Education Cost in Canada

University fees vary greatly from one university to another, with average education costs of about $6,900 CAD for graduate programs and about $6,570 CAD for undergraduate programs. Fees also vary by program of study, and there are provincial differences as well. Tuition fees are the highest in Ontario and Nova Scotia and the lowest in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. Foreign students pay more than domestic students, regardless of province and program of study. At the same time, it is less expensive to study in Canada than the United States.

Choice of University

The choice of university depends on many factors, among which location, ranking, programs offered, and of course, tuition fees. Top universities in Canada include the University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and others. Domestic students enrolled at the University of Toronto pay $15,760 CAD a year on average while international students pay $54,840 CAD. There are also meal plan, residence, and incidental fees that add up. Accommodation costs between $10,755 CAD and $15,686 CAD.

Fees by University

Universities and colleges with relatively low tuition fees ($2,000 CAD - $3,000 CAD a year) include École Polytechnique de Montréal, Concordia University, and McGill University. Mid-tier universities have fees in the range of $4,000 CAD - $6,000 CAD, including places like the Cape Breton University, MacEwan University, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Universities at the top range have fees between $6,000 CAD - $16,000 CAD. Tuition fees at the Redeemer University College range from $15982 CAD to $15982 CAD, for example. Other top tier universities include the Royal Roads University, Trinity Western University, The King's University, and University of St. Michael's College.

Fees by Program of Choice

Fees also vary by field and program of study, and the most expensive degrees include Dentistry, Medicine, Law, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine. At the low-cost end are Nursing, Humanities, Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Education. Students enrolled in a dentistry program, for example, are expected to pay close to $23,000 CAD. When it comes to graduate programs, the most expensive program is Master in Business Administration.

International Students

International students pay considerably more, but there are some affordable programs and universities to look into. Undergraduate students at the Brandon University pay about $6,200 CAD on average while those at the Dominican University College pay about $5,000 CAD a year. Students at the Athabasca University pay more – between $9,440 CAD and $10,490. Undergrads at the The University of Winnipeg pay about $12,200 a year.

Additional Expenses

In addition to university fees, students also pay for books, textbooks, entertainment, accommodation, and transportation. Other expenses include parking fees, medical insurance, dental insurance, fees for lab and studio fees and materials, etc. Personal expenses also add up, from toiletries and cosmetics to clothing and groceries. There are also hidden college expenses such as fraternities and sororities, memberships, intramural sports, extracurricular activities, holiday breaks, and so on. When it comes to costs, a 1-room apartment costs about $400 CAD a month, bus fare is $2 - $3 CAD, and groceries cost about $200 CAD a month. Living expenses range between $650 CAD and $850 CAD a month. Students have the option to work off-campus and on-campus to meet basic expenses or pay school-related expenses such as room and board, textbooks, etc. International students are allowed to work on-campus provided that they have a social insurance number and work permit and are enrolled full-time. Another option is to work as an interim or co-op.

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