Saskatchewan university students have been hit with the highest tuition increases in Canada this year, a new Statistics Canada report says.
According to the StatsCan report released Thursday, undergraduate tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year went up 4.7 per cent in Saskatchewan — the highest percentage increase of all provinces.
All provinces saw increases, with the exception of Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, which were under a tuition freeze. Tuition in Manitoba went up 1.6 per cent.
The national inflation rate over the same period was about 1.3 per cent.
Saskatchewan's tuition increases for graduate students (4.9 per cent) and international students (6.7 per cent) were also the highest in Canada.
Ontario has the highest undergraduate tuition for 2013-2014: an average of $7,259. However, Saskatchewan comes in second, with an average of $6,394.
The report notes that in addition to tuition for courses, students also have to pay a number of compulsory fees for such things as athletic facilities and student union fees.
Saskatchewan's undergrads did not see the highest compulsory fee increases — Manitoba's did.
However, Saskatchewan grad students were paying, on average, 64 per cent, or $454, more this year — the biggest increase in the country.