There are many programs available to help those whose first language is not English or French. Check with local immigrantserving agencies to find ESL (English as a Second Language) or FSL (French as a Second Language) programs in your area.*
There are significant differences in the cost of college and university tuition—the fee paid to attend the college or university.Tuition fees are often between $2,000 and $6,000 per year. Contact the college or university directly, or visit their web sites, to review and compare tuition costs. Learn more
Costs other than tuition
In addition to tuition, students will have other costs.These can include books and materials, accommodation, food, student fees, and so on. There are some resources available to help estimate the total cost of college or university. Visit www.canlearn.ca for help or DayPlanner web site – Link #239
Colleges and universities will help to assess your academic credentials once you apply. Bring all records of your education and training with you. Bring names of contacts at the schools if you can. Don’t pay private assessors unnecessarily.The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials [CICIC] can also be helpful.The schools can provide the information you need. Visit www.cicic.ca
Deciding on a college or
Before deciding on a college or university, visit their web site. Compare programs and costs.Visit the campus if you can.Talk with others who studied there. Before you make your decision, think about what is most important to you or your child.
There is a tax credit, to a maximum amount, available for money spent on education. Check to see if any of your education expenses, or those of family members are eligible for the tax credit.There can also be a tax credit for moving expenses related to schooling.
Colleges and universities each operate quite independently from one another, and each differs in terms of location, programs, costs, and so on. Compare colleges and universities prior to making a choice. Students can apply to a number of schools.
Professional schools at
Some professions (for example, medicine, law, engineering) have professional schools at the colleges and universities. These programs can be more expensive than others. Check the costs with the university or college.
Canada student loans
A major source of financial assistance for students is the Canada Student Loans Program. This program provides loans to students to assist them with their studies.The student must begin to pay back the loan a short time after graduation. For more information, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/ eng/learning/canada_ student_loan/index.shtml or DayPlanner web site – Link #229