University of Saskatchewan sign Dec 2015

University of Saskatchewan tuition is going up for the next academic year. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

After the board of governors did the math, it was decided that students at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon can expect to pay more for tuition next fall.

"We know the cost of a post-secondary education is top of mind for students and their families, and we try to manage tuition rates with that in mind," said Greg Smith, chair of the U of S Board of Governors.

The average hike is two-and-a-half per cent for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Some areas of study will see no increase, while others will pay 5 per cent more. View the complete list of tuition changes per degree here.

The average bill for arts and sciences will be $6,773.  

"It is essential for the university to strike a balance between keeping any necessary increases at a manageable increment, while at the same time ensuring the quality of our programs and services stays high," said  John Rigby, interim associate provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment.

Student tuition fees account for almost 25 per cent of the university's operating budget.