October 22

University Tuition Declines For Second Straight Year

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Nova Scotia has the distinction of being the only province with lower university tuition fees. The cut in tuition also means Nova Scotia no longer has the highest tuition fees in Canada, according to a Statistics Canada report released today, Oct. 20. “Lower tuition will help ensure more young people are able to attend our world-class universities, which will give them the skills and knowledge they need to build a successful life in Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “While most provinces are increasing tuition, we are cutting it. “We know there is more work to be done, and a university education will continue to be more affordable for families. Tuition will decline again next year.” Nova Scotia’s average undergraduate tuition for all students fell 3.1 per cent this year to $5,696. The average undergraduate tuition of students from Nova Scotia is $5,363, down $266 from last year. The average undergraduate tuition in Canada rose 3.6 per cent to $4,917. Ontario has the highest average tuition in Canada at $5,951. Government is on track to meet its commitment to reduce tuition to the national average by 2010-11. Canadian students from outside Nova Scotia and international students have their tuition frozen this year. Canadian students from outside Nova Scotia will have a tuition cut next year. A study by the Association of Atlantic Universities showed more students are attending Nova Scotia universities. Enrolment is up 2.2 per cent to 42,628 at the province’s 11 universities. StatsCan’s tuition figures are an enrolment-weighted average of the tuition costs for all programs.last_img read more