The Cost and Return Investment of Post-secondary Education

See how much it costs to complete a post-secondary program, consider how much debt is left after graduation and see the long-term payoff in lifetime earnings.

An analysis in 2014 by BC Stats shows that graduates of post-secondary programs earn a higher income over a working lifetime than they would make with a high school diploma.

Affordable higher education for both students and taxpayers.

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

Annual Academic Arts Tuition Fees1 for Full-Time Students by Institution Type

BC Public Post-Secondary Institutions

Academic Years 2017/18 to 2018/19

Institutions

2017/18 Tuition Fees

2018/19 Tuition Fees

2018/19 Percent Over 2017/18

 
 

Colleges

 

Camosun College

$3,348

$3,415

2.0%

 

Coast Mountain College

$2,739

$2,794

2.0%

 

College of New Caledonia

$2,669

$2,722

2.0%

 

College of the Rockies

$2,695

$2,749

2.0%

 

Douglas College

$3,050

$3,110

2.0%

 

Langara College

$2,867

$2,924

2.0%

 

North Island College

$2,905

$2,963

2.0%

 

Northern Lights College

$3,181

$3,244

2.0%

 

Okanagan College

$3,343

$3,410

2.0%

 

Selkirk College

$2,802

$2,855

1.9%

 

Vancouver Community College

$2,628

$2,681

2.0%

 

Simple Average1

$2,930

$2,988

2.0%

 

Weighted Average2

$3,012

$3,032

2.0%

 

Institutes

 

British Columbia Institute of Technology3

$5,563

$5,674

2.0%

 

Justice Institute of British Columbia4

$4,831

$4,928

2.0%

 

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

$2,521

$2,572

2.0%

 

Simple Average1

$4,305

$4,391

2.0%

 

Weighted Average2

$5,353

$5,442

2.0%

 

C & I Simple Average1

$3,224

$3,289

2.0%

 

C & I Weighted Average2

$3,702

$3,630

2.0%

 

Teaching-Intensive Universities

 

Capilano University

$3,831

$3,908

2.0%

 

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

$4,021

$4,101

2.0%

 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

$4,170

$4,253

2.0%

 

Royal Roads University5

$7,060

$7,200

2.0%

 

Thompson Rivers University

$4,145

$4,228

2.0%

 

University of the Fraser Valley

$4,266

$4,351

2.0%

 

Vancouver Island University

$4,346

$4,433

2.0%

 

Simple Average1

$4,548

$4,639

2.0%

 

Weighted Average2

$4,334

$4,390

2.0%

 

Research-Intensive Universities

 

Simon Fraser University

$5,537

$5,648

2.0%

 

University of British Columbia

$5,190

$5,294

2.0%

 

University of Northern British Columbia

$5,213

$5,318

2.0%

 

University of Victoria

$5,475

$5,585

2.0%

 

Simple Average1

$5,354

$5,461

2.0%

 

Weighted Average2

$5,332

$5,437

2.0%

 

TU & RU Simple Average1

$4,841

$4,938

2.0%

 

TU & RU Weighted Average2

$5,035

$5,099

2.0%

 

System Simple Average1

$3,936

$4,014

2.0%

 

System Weighted Average2

$4,634

$4,599

2.0%

 

BC Public Post-Secondary Institutions

Academic Year 2018/19
Institutions Fees Payable to the Institution1 Fees Payable to the Student Society2 Total Fees
Colleges
Camosun College $70 $564 $634
Coast Mountain College $214 $94 $308
College of New Caledonia $156 $513 $669
College of the Rockies $644 $383 $1,027
Douglas College  $68 $812 $880
Langara College $176 $852 $1,028
North Island College  $250 $398 $648
Northern Lights College $174 $38 $212
Okanagan College $370 $392 $762
Selkirk College $490 $419 $909
Vancouver Community College  $184 $621 $805
Average $254 $462 $717
Institutes
British Columbia Institute of Technology $200 $882 $1,082
Justice Institute of British Columbia  $171 $0 $171
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology $60 $723 $783
Average $144 $535 $679
Teaching-Intensive Universities
Capilano University $259 $1,002 $1,261
Emily Carr University of Art and Design $287 $757 $1,044
Kwantlen Polytechnic University $298 $945 $1,243
Royal Roads University  $465 $770 $1,235
Thompson Rivers University $710 $1,305 $2,015
University of the Fraser Valley $522 $527 $1,049
Vancouver Island University $373 $430 $803
Average $416 $819 $1,236
Research-Intensive Universities
Simon Fraser University $246 $827 $1,073
University of British Columbia $222 $817 $1,039
University of Northern British Columbia  $464 $578 $1,042
University of Victoria  $174 $671 $845
Average $277 $723 $1,000
System Average $290 $613 $903

Notes: 

  1. Fees payable to the institution include registration fees, technology and laboratory fees, library fees, learning resource fees, ancillary fees, athletic and recreation fees, etc.  Fees payable to the institution have been subject to the 2% tuition limit policy since 2007. 
  2. Fees payable to the student society include Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) fees, U-Pass fees, student union building fees, optional health and dental fees, etc.  Student fee amounts must be approved by a majority of the student society.  Any rate changes must be approved by student society referendum.  Fees payable to the student society are not subject to the 2% tuition limit policy. 

Find out how much debt students have once they graduate. Information is based on students who were surveyed after graduation.

Note: Percentages listed reflect the number of respondents who incurred government student loan debt and answered finance questions. Dollar amounts reflect the median debt of respondents who reported government student loan debt.

Bachelor Degree Graduates

Diploma, Associate Degree & Certificate Graduates

 

2009

2010

2011

2009

2010

2011

 

Debt Overview

39%

36%

36%

25%

23%

24%

 

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

 

Arts and Science

37%

33%

34%

30%

27%

26%

 

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$11,000

$10,000

$11,000

 

Business and Management

32%

30%

31%

24%

20%

23%

 

$18,000

$15,175

$18,000

$11,000

$12,000

$10,000

 

Education

50%

46%

41%

17%

10%

10%

 

$15,000

$15,000

$14,000

$8,000

$12,500

$9,000

 

Engineering and Applied Sciences

40%

37%

35%

32%

32%

31%

 

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$12,000

$12,000

$11,000

 

Health

41%

43%

45%

29%

26%

27%

 

$28,000

$25,000

$26,000

$12,000

$11,000

$11,100

 

Human and Social Services

45%

43%

43%

26%

23%

26%

 

$25,000

$24,000

$22,500

$11,000

$11,000

$10,000

 

Trades

-

-

-

20%

18%

21%

 

-

-

-

$8,000

$7,800

$8,000

 

Visual and Performing Arts

38%

36%

33%

29%

32%

32%

 

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$13,000

$10,000

$11,000

 

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