TORONTO — Undergraduate students in Canada paid an average of $6,191 in tuition fees for the 2015/2016 academic year, a 3.2 per cent increase from the 2014/2015 average of $5,998.
The annual Stats Canada comparison of tuition fees across the provinces found that students in Ontario are paying the highest fees on average, at $7,868. Saskatchewan tuition fees came second at $6,885, and in third place Nova Scotia at $6,817.
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Paying the least in tuition fees are students in Newfoundland and Labrador with an average of $2,660, and Quebec at $2,799.
Alberta froze tuition fees for the academic years, while tuition has been frozen in Newfoundland and Labrador since the 2003/2004 academic year. New Brunswick froze tuition for most programs, resulting in a modest increase of 0.9 per cent overall. Other increases by province ranged between 1.9 per cent in Manitoba to 5.2 per cent in Nova Scotia.
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Dentistry students paid the highest average tuition fees of all undergrad students, coming in at a total of $18,934 in tuition fees, on average. Next came students in medicine at $13,416, pharmacy at $11,723 and law at $10,983 on average.
Tuition fees for graduate students followed the same patterns as undergrad fees: Ontario students paid the most, at $8,971, followed by students in Nova Scotia at $8,502 on average.
Again, students in Newfoundland and Labrador paid the least on average for graduate studies at$2,474, and in Quebec $2,886.
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Among graduate students, executive master of business administration remained the most expensive program with average tuition fees at $42,235, followed by the regular MBA with average fees of $28,567.
Dentistry took a relatively distant third place with $12,551 in average tuition fees in the 2015/2016 year.
Students from outside of Canada continue to pay much higher fees for their studies. International students paid an average of $21,932 in the 2015/2016 year, a 6.5 per cent increase from the year before.
Tuition fees for graduate programs increased by 3.2 per cent for international students, who paid $14,350 on average for the 2015/2016 school year.