Cost of education

Financial assistance and exemptions from differential tuition fees are offered for the different levels of education, subject to various conditions.

General notice

The cost of education varies according to several factors: the level of education, the educational institution, the program chosen, and the student’s legal status, citizenship and place of residence. 

For more information, contact the educational institution.


Canadian students who are not Québec residents

A lump-sum charge is added to the basic tuition fees.

International students

If you are enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate research program (Cycle Two or Three), a lump-sum charge is also added to the basic tuition fees.

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (Cycle One or Two) leading to professional practice, the tuition fees are determined by each university. 

For further information, refer to the website of the university you are interested in.

Technical and pre-university training at the college level

Canadian students who are not Québec residents, and international students

Tuition fees, also referred to as “lump-sums,” apply.
You may be exempted from additional tuition fees if you are either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and in both cases, are able to provide your educational institution with the documents required to be sent with the Attestation of Québec Resident Status form (PDF) (PDF 72 Kb).

For more information, see the Les cégeps du Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window. website.

Vocational training

Canadian students or permanent residents of another province, and international students

The Québec métiers d’avenir This hyperlink will open in a new window. website shows the tuition fees for some 80 programs offered in all regions of Québec. [Available in French only].

Adult General Education

Canadian students or permanent residents of another province

If you are enrolled at an adult education centre and reside in Québec during the school year, you are exempt from tuition fees.

International students

Tuition fees are reduced by 80% for distance education.

For more information, see the operating budget rules for school service centres and school boards This hyperlink will open in a new window. or the budget rules for private schools This hyperlink will open in a new window. [Available in French only].

Cost of living

To study in Québec, you must demonstrate your financial capacity to cover all the costs below:  

Tuition fees  
Tuition fees are the amounts charged by your educational institution to enrol in your study program. 

Transportation costs 
Transportation costs are the amounts required to make the round trip from your country of origin.  

Living expenses  
Living expenses cover the expenses of daily life in Québec.  

The following are the amounts, in Canadian dollars, that you must have between January 1 and December 31, 2023. They may vary depending on the age and number of people included in your application: 

  • One person under the age of 18: $7,176 
  • One person aged 18 and over: $14,349
  • Two people aged 18 and over: $21,046
  • Two people aged 18 and over and one person under the age of 18: $23,575 
  • Two people aged 18 and over and two people under the age of 18: $25,444 

Settlement fees for the first year 
The settlement fees for your first year is $500 Canadian.  

Costs of health and hospital insurance  
You must demonstrate that you can assume the costs of health and hospital insurance for the entire duration of your stay in Québec for you and all accompanying family members. 

You do not have to prove your financial capacity for insurance if:  

  • You demonstrate that you have valid health and hospital insurance in Québec; 
  • Your country of origin has a social security agreement with Québec.  

To demonstrate your financial capacity and support your application for temporary selection for studies, you must provide proof that you are able to cover these costs