The cost of studies

There is an 85$CAD (80USD, or 65€) fee to submit an application for admissions. This includes the fee for a Comparative Evaluation of Studies done outside Canada that will be sent to the cégep as part of your file.

Cégep tuition fees range from around 12 200$CAD to 19 000$CAD for international students, depending on the program of study. International students have access to scholarships and financial aid such as tuition fee exemptions (link in French only).

Additional expenses should be expected and provided for: registration fees, certificate of acceptance, study permit, transportation, housing, food, books, insurance, clothing, etc. A budget must be prepared accordingly.


Setting a budget for the first year of cégep

This budget looks at the average cégep student lifestyle. Amounts may be inferior or superior depending on your spending habits. The table suggests what should be provided for the first 12 months as a cégep student in Québec (exchange rates from November 2017)

For a foreign studentIn eurosIn Canadian dollars Comments
SRAM application fees€ 65$ 85
Québec Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ)€ 74$ 110To obtain the Québec Certificate of Acceptance, the government of Québec requires a proof of financial resources to cover living expenses during the entire stay, or $ 11 825 (Canadian) per person per year.
Canadian resident permit € 100$ 150Applicants from specified countries will have to provide biometric informations : $ 85 additional
See the Canadian Ministry of Immigration website for more information.
Health and hospital insurance€ 570$ 852French students are exempted from this obligation under a France – Québec agreement (except at ITHQ).
Tuition feesbetween
€ 8 200
€ 12 730
$ 12 200
$ 19 000
These fees vary according to the academic program. They are set by the Québec Ministry of Education* and are payable in two installments
at the beginning of each semester.
*Prices are subject to change without notice.

French students pay the same fees as Québec students under a France – Québec agreement. Consequently, they are exempted from tuition fees (except at ITHQ).
Ancillary fees€ 200$ 300These fees are mandatory, and allow students to access various services offered by the cégeps. Amounts vary by cégep.
Books and school supplies€ 300$ 450 Varies by academic program.
Housing€ 3 400$ 5 000 This amount is based on the minimum monthly fee of a student residence.
Groceries€ 2 680$ 4 000Approximately 90$per week
Winter Clothing€ 402$ 600
Transportation€ 220$ 325Varies by city
Miscellaneous€ 470$ 700Laundry, telephone, Internet, furniture, etc..
Social and sporting activities€ 1 000$ 1 500 
Cinemas, museums, outings, etc..

Note: The prices in euros are estimated based on the exchange rate on November 2017. SRAM application fees are a flat fee, however.