January 13, 2016 3:51 pm
Updated: January 14, 2016 8:35 am

University of Saskatchewan tuition on the rise

Tuition at the University of Saskatchewan is going up an average of 2.5 per cent for the 2016-17 academic year.

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SASKATOON – Students at the University of Saskatchewan can expect to pay more for tuition in the 2016-17 academic year. On average, students will see a 2.5 per cent increase across undergraduate programs.

Future animal doctors will face the highest tuition increase at the University of Saskatchewan, but prospective dentists and engineers won’t have to pay more. Tuition for the veterinary medicine program is going up five per cent in the 2016-17 academic year to just over $9,000.

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Dentistry students will continue to pay almost $33,000 and tuition for the faculty of engineering will hold steady at just over $8,000.

University officials say the decision comes after comparing program costs country-wide. The increase was approved in December.

“I think we’re trying very hard to be reasonable. To balance the need to maintain resources for quality against what we know is a challenging time for our students,” said John Rigby, from institutional planning and assessment at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Rigby adds that various scholarships and bursaries are offered to students.

According to Statistics Canada, students in Saskatchewan paid the most in undergraduate tuition fees last year after Ontario.

With files from The Canadian Press



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