Tuition Fee Fact Sheet

 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 for graduate, professional, and post-diploma programs have all increased at four times the rate of 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 a $25 000 debt.


·         In 1987-1988, the government funded 80.9% of post-secondary education; but by 2004-2005 they funded only 56%.


·         In a poll conducted from February 24 to 28, 2007; 82% of respondents were concerned about the rising cost of
post-secondary education. 75% of Ontarians agree that tuition fees should be 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 have FROZEN or REDUCED their tuition fees.

  • Countries such as Ireland, Sweden, Norway, France and Brazil have completely eliminated tuition fees; recognizing them as the number one barrier to progress and education
Contact: Gayle McFadden
(416) 736-2100, ext. 77679