Tuition costs and fees

Education

Elementary school, secondary school, CEGEP, university… In Quebec, public schooling is free up to a certain point. Beyond that, fees may apply and vary according to the training, the age of the student or the institution chosen.

Free from preschool to high school
In Quebec, public school is free from preschool to secondary school. Therefore, there are no tuition fees to attend:

Kindergarten;
the primary;
The secondary.
This training is free until the age of 18 or 21 for people with disabilities.

Textbooks are also free. However, the student must pay for additional materials such as:

pencils;
the paper;
schoolbags;
the notebooks.
The student must also take care of what the school provides him. Otherwise, you could ask your parents to pay for the damaged equipment.

Attention! Free educational services apply to persons residing in Quebec. It may also apply to non-residents, under certain conditions. This is particularly the case for foreign students whose parents or holders of parental authority usually reside in Québec.

After high school
Professional studies
Vocational training offered by school service centers (formerly known as school boards) may also be free.

These courses lead to a vocational diploma (DEP) or an attestation of vocational specialization (ASP).

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A student does not have to pay for lessons or required textbooks until the age of 18 (or 21 for people with disabilities).

After this age, this training will be free if:

you are registered for 15 or more hours of lessons per week (unless you have less than 15 hours left in your training);
you complete the program within the allotted time.
However, you will still have to pay for textbooks.

Certain registration fees may be requested from all students by the vocational training center to pay in particular:

photocopies and exercise books;
safety equipment and uniforms;
Agenda.
In addition, you will need to get your notebooks, paper and pencils.

school for adults
Some courses for adults are also free, such as courses that allow:

complete high school;
to learn French;
prepare for vocational training.
You must pay for your textbooks and exercise photocopies, in addition to your notebooks, paper and pencils.

College education (cégeps)
After high school, you can also decide to pursue college studies to obtain a college diploma (DEC).

If you are a full-time student, public college education is free. However, you will have to pay in particular:

admission fees;
course registration fees which include costs for transcripts, placement tests or course cancellation;
fees for teaching services, which cover, in particular, the cost of the student card, reception in programs or orientation services;
other fees that vary from one institution to another, including costs for socio-cultural activities, sports, health services or group insurance.
Attention! There are also private colleges. Other costs are then to be expected to study there.

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the university
University training can lead to an undergraduate degree such as a bachelor’s degree or a certificate in various fields of study. This training is compulsory for certain professions.

At the university, studies are no longer free. You will have to pay the tuition and related fees of the establishment. These costs include, among other things:

registration fees;
technology fees;
dues to student associations;
fees for sports services.
Consult the student financial aid website for more information.

Loans and grants
You may be eligible for financial assistance for secondary school, college, university or vocational training. Consult the student financial assistance website to learn more.

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