Ministry of Advanced Education

Education Costs | Post-Secondary Data

Affordable higher education for both students and taxpayers.

Since 2005, Government policy has limited tuition fee increases to 2% annually.


B.C. Public Post-Secondary Institutions
Academic Arts Annual Tuition Fees1 for Full-Time Students by Sector2

Download detailed Tuition Fees spreadsheets.

  2012/13 2013/14 Increase
Colleges
Camosun College $3,033 $3,093 2.0%
College of New Caledonia $2,421 $2,466 1.9%
College of the Rockies $2,442 $2,491 2.0%
Douglas College $2,766 $2,820 2.0%
Langara College $2,598 $2,649 2.0%
North Island College $2,633 $2,685 2.0%
Northern Lights College $2,887 $2,943 2.0%
Northwest Community College $2,481 $2,531 2.0%
Okanagan College $3,140 $3,203 2.0%
Selkirk College 3 $2,410 $2,458 2.0%
Vancouver Community College $2,381 $2,428 2.0%
Simple Average $2,654 $2,706 2.0%
Weighted Average 3, 4 $2,700 $2,754 2.0%
 
Institutes
British Columbia Institute of Technology $5,043 $5,144 2.0%
Justice Institute of British Columbia5 $4,376 $4,463 2.0%
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology $2,284 $2,329 2.0%
Simple Average $3,663 $3,979 2.0%
Weighted Average 3, 4 $4,926 $4,934 2.0%
College and Institute Simple Average $2,921 $2,979 2.0%
College and Institute Weighted Average3, 4 $3,212 $3,277 2.0%
 
Universities
Capilano University $3,470 $3,539 2.0%
Emily Carr University of Art + Design $3,642 $3,714 2.0%
Kwantlen Polytechnic University $3,780 $3,855 2.0%
Royal Roads University 6 $6,405 $6,530 2.0%
Thompson Rivers University $3,755 $3,830 2.0%
University of the Fraser Valley $3,864 $3,941 2.0%
Vancouver Island University $3,936 $4,015 2.0%
Simple Average $4,122 $4,204 2.0%
Weighted Average 3, 4 $3,900 $3,977 2.0%
 
Research Universities
Simon Fraser University $5,013 $5,115 2.0%
University of British Columbia $4,700 $4,794 2.0%
University of Northern British Columbia $4,722 $4,816 2.0%
University of Victoria $4,959 $5,058 2.0%
Simple Average $4,849 $4,946 2.0%
Weighted Average 3, 4 $4,830 $4,927 2.0%
Universities & Research Universities Simple Average $4,386 $4,473 2.0%
Universities & Research Universities Weighted Average 3, 4 $4,530 $4,620 2.0%
 
System Simple Average $3,566 $3,636 2.0%
System Weighted Average 3, 4 $4,088 $4,170 2.0%

Notes:

  1. Tuition fees do not include books or other student fees.
  2. "Sector" refers to groupings by type of institution.
  3. Weighted averages for tuition fee ($) amounts are derived by using institution size (number of full-time equivalent students) to create an average that more accurately reflects average amounts paid.
  4. Simple and weighted averages for percent increases in tuition year-over-year have been revised to be more reflective of average year-over-year increases. Previous calculations derived these averages from the difference, or change, in an average tuition $ amount computed for an entire sector or system. Revised calculations report the average percentage increase in tuition year-over-year for those institutions within the applicable sector or system. For direct comparison purposes, the above averages have been restated to reflect this change.
  5. JIBC started offering an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies) in 2012/13 therefore undergraduate tuition data are not available for prior years. The 2012/13 FTEs were included in the 2012/13 weighted averages starting 2013/14 causing the 2012/13 sector and system averages to slightly change when compared to previous reports.
  6. Royal Roads University has no arts program; its B.Sc. in environmental science was used for tuition comparison purposes.

Government has taken action to limit tuition and mandatory fee increases to the rate of inflation.

Limit

For 2014/15, the limit for tuition and mandatory fees is 2%.

Timing

The tuition limit policy took effect September 2005.

Scope

The tuition limit applies to:

  • Professional programs.
  • Cost recovery/continuing education credentialed programs.
  • All other credentialed and open enrolment programs.
  • Mandatory fees, including capital construction support (e.g., building fees), consumable fees (e.g., fees charged for field trips and consumable supplies) and other mandatory fees (e.g., application fees and technology fees).

The tuition limit does not apply to:

  • International student tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Third-party contracts.
  • New programming (first year). Institutions may set the initial tuition and mandatory fee rate for new instructional programs (not amendments to existing programs). After the first year, tuition and mandatory fees will be subject to the tuition limit policy.
  • Community/continuing education non-credentialed courses. Most of these are short-term courses offered in the evening or on the weekend (e.g., first aid, photography).
  • Mandatory fees for student association or society fees (collected on behalf of student associations).

These data come from the Student Outcomes Surveys which try to reach every graduate after leaving their studies.

These surveys attain a high response rate (over 50% each year), and are considered valid and reliable. The amount reported by the Ministry is a median (50% of the students reported more debt, and 50% reported less debt).

Government student loan debt Bachelor Degree Graduates Diploma, Associate Degree & Certificate Graduates
Program Area 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011
Overall
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 39% 36% 36% 25% 23% 24%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Arts and Science
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 37% 33% 34% 30% 27% 26%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $11,000 $10,000 $11,000
Business and Management
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 32% 30% 31% 24% 20% 23%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $18,000 $15,175 $18,000 $11,000 $12,000 $10,000
Education
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 50% 46% 41% 17% 10% 10%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $15,000 $15,000 $14,000 $8,000 $12,500 $9,000
Engineering and Applied Sciences
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 40% 37% 35% 32% 32% 31%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $12,000 $12,000 $11,000
Health
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 41% 43% 45% 29% 26% 27%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $28,000 $25,000 $26,000 $12,000 $11,000 $11,100
Human and Social Services
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 45% 43% 43% 26% 23% 26%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $25,000 $24,000 $22,500 $11,000 $11,000 $10,000
Trades
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt - - - 20% 18% 21%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred - - - $8,000 $7,800 $8,000
Visual and Performing Arts
Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt 38% 36% 33% 29% 32% 32%
Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $13,000 $10,000 $11,000
  • Incurred Gov't Student Loan Debt shows the percentage of valid responses that were greater than $0.
  • Median Gov't Student Loan Debt Incurred is based on responses where amount of debt incurred was greater than $0.

Source: Baccalaureate Graduate Survey, and Diploma, Associate Degree and Certificate Student Outcomes Survey 2009-2011
All surveys were conducted approximately two years after graduation; e.g. Survey Year 2010 indicated graduates from 2008.