Do you get what you pay for?

It’s good to know that in the midst of the debate over post secondary education in New Brunswick, it’s comforting to know that the rates keep going up. We are well on the way to charging Harvard type fees – which should correlate to Premier Graham’s goal of having the best post secondary education system in North America.

Tuition fees for the 2007/2008 academic year for full-time undergraduate students rose in six provinces, including Quebec, where a freeze on tuition fees for residents, in place for more than 10 years, was lifted earlier this year.

The biggest increases were in New Brunswick and in Quebec, where fees rose 4.8%, and in Ontario, where they grew 4.4%.

Fees declined in two provinces: Prince Edward Island (-9.8%) and Nova Scotia (-8.5%). They remained virtually unchanged in Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan.

Notice the comparative chart at the bottom. At this rate of growth, we will pass Nova Scotia and have the highest average tuition in all of Canada. And just to stick the knife in a little further, Stats Can reports that Nova Scotia’s rates are so high because of their higher out of province student fee structure.