In general, a CEGEP may not charge tuition fees to a Québec resident registered full-time in a program of study leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DCS).
Private colleges charge tuition fees that vary from one institution to another, in accordance with the rules set out in the Regulation respecting private educational institutions at the college level .
Canadians who are not Québec residents and foreign students must pay the tuition fees set by the annual budget rules.
Québec Resident Status
The rules that apply to the definition of Québec resident status are set by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES). MEES requires all students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents to provide proof of their status in order to be exempted from paying tuition fees.
Educational institutions are responsible for applying the rules set by MEES, informing students, collecting their supporting documents and invoicing them. Students are responsible for confirming their status and providing their educational institution with the required documents before the end of the current term.
Fees associated with college education
The amounts charged by private colleges vary from one institution to another and are governed by the rules in the Regulation respecting private educational institutions at the college level .
The amounts charged by CEGEPs for programs leading to a Diploma of College Studies (DCS) or an Attestation of College Studies (ACS) are comprised of the regular student fees that all students must pay, plus fees that certain categories of students must pay for specific services.
CEGEPs may charge students seeking admission to a program an application fee toward defraying the cost of opening, analyzing and processing their file. There is a $30 cap on these fees.
In the case of CEGEPS whose application process is managed by a regional service (SRAM, SRACQ or SRASL), application fees are charged by the regional service organization in question. These organizations may also charge students for certain additional services.
CEGEPs may charge fees for certain administrative procedures related to the recording of information concerning a student and his or her education path. These fees are for services that are ongoing from the time a student requests to take one or more courses until a final assessment or an official transcript are produced for the term concerned.
These fees are capped at $20 per term, per student.
Other associated fees
CEGEPs may charge instructional services fees that are not related to admission or registration, for example:
- student guide
- guidance services
- learning assistance
- student I.D. card
- cash advances
These fees are capped at $25 per term, per student.
Colleges may charge students additional fees for services related to college life, for example:
- sociocultural, sports or community activities
- support and guidance for financial assistance
- group insurance
- health services
- psychological or social services
These fees are not capped.
Additional costs, other than tuition and other associated fees, may be charged to students.
Some costs may relate to non-essential services provided on an individual basis as a supplement to instructional or student life services, such as off-hours access to the library and rooms or cafeteria services.
Other optional costs, such as contributions to a foundation, a parents’ association or a charitable organization, may be charged to students at admission, registration or other occasions, but may not be a requirement for these activities. The payment of these fees must therefore be optional or else reimbursed to students who make that request.
Student association membership fee
Most institutions have a student association that is accredited under the Act respecting the accreditation and financing of students’ associations or recognized by the college as representing the students. In either case, the college collects the membership fee set by the association at the time of registration.