The Facts about Tuition Fees


Access to education is now more important than ever to Ontario’s competitiveness, increasing its standard of living, and reducing socio-economic inequalities. However, the ability to access post-secondary education has been severely undermined by ever-rising tuition fees and crippling student debt.

Here are some facts about tuition fees in Ontario, Canada and around the world that you should know about:

  • Average tuition fees in the province of Ontario have more than tripled since the 1990-1991 academic year.
  • Tuition fees have increased by 370% since 2006 compared to inflation. 
  • International students can pay three to four times more in tuition fees than a domestic student. Despite using the same amount of resources, staying in the same type of residence, and attending the same classes.
  • The average student in Ontario will graduate with an average in $37,000 debt.
  • In 1987-1988, the government funded 80.9% of post-secondary education; but by 2004-2005 they funded only 56%.
  • 84% of Ontarians think tuition fees should be frozen or reduced.
  • If tuition fees had risen at the rate of inflation, it would take over 30 years for it to reach the average amount it costs today.
  • The cost of tuition in Ontario, if calculated at the rate of inflation, should be just about $2500 a year; as opposed to the over $5000 most students will pay.
  • The provinces of Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia focus on keeping their tuition fees low.
  • Countries such as Ireland, Sweden, and Norway have completely eliminated tuition fees; recognizing them as the number one barrier to progress and education

Contact: Vice-President Education | | 416-937-8292

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