2020-21 Tuition and Fees
The Board of Governors has approved the new tuition and fees schedule for 2020-21.
The proposals were developed in consultation with UCalgary students and are based on four key pillars:
- Reduce the impact on continuing students
- Align tuition rates more closely with other U15 peers (Canadian research universities) to ensure competitiveness
- Continue to attract high-quality international graduate students from a variety of countries and economic backgrounds
- Ensure support for qualified students by reinvesting a portion of new revenue to student aid initiatives
Tuition has been frozen since 2014-2015 and the new tuition regulations, passed in 2019, allowed for an increase of 7% over each of the next three years, with no program increasing by more than 10%. UCalgary took a nuanced approach to developing the tuition and fees proposals. We have unique programs and applying the maximum increase would not have achieved the above stated goals.
UCalgary had a 6.9% or $32.9M cut to our Campus Alberta grants and are expecting an additional 5% over the next three years. Managing these cuts are a shared responsibility and together we will ensure that we deliver on our Eyes High strategy and Academic and Research plans, while preserving and enhancing the student experience.
- Tuition will increase by 5% for continuing students, to reduce the impact to students already in program
- The exceptions are for new programs that already have tuition rates comparable to our U15 peers
- Prior to the new tuition regulation, tuition was increasing by the consumer price index (CPI), or approximately 2% so continuing students will only pay 3% more than expected
- New domestic student tuition will increase by 7%. This increase will support the goal of reaching the U15 national median for tuition
- International tuition has been deregulated. An increase of 10% will ensure our competitiveness and continue to allow us to continue to attract diverse and dynamic international students
- Engineering tuition is currently 30% below the national median. The maximum allowable tuition increase, in a year, is 10% which has been approved
- Regulations allow for us to increase mandatory non-instructional fees (MNIF) to cost recovery level or a 37% increase
- Instead, fee increases of 7% for student services, 5% for athletics and 4.4% for campus recreation were proposed and approved
- Increases to mandatory non-instructional fees (MNIF) - 7% for student services, 5% for athletics and 4.4% for campus recreation - are the same for both international and domestic students
- The new model will equilibrate tuition across all four years and ensure competitveness with graduate programs in North America
- Tuition currently drops by 65% after candidacy (end of Year 2)
- Under the new model, tuition will be less for students in Year 1 and 2