Post-Secondary Education

Highest and lowest tuition fees in Canada

The cost of going to college and university continues to climb as the latest numbers from Statistics Canada show tuition for full-time students in undergraduate programs is, on average, $6,571 for 2017/2018. That’s an increase of 3.1% over last year when it was $6,375.

Canadian parents searching for government grants for education

If the government presented you with extra money, would you take it?

You don’t have to imagine this.This already happens. Really.

The thing is - not everyone is aware that the government contributes money to Canadians saving in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). It’s an incentive for families to save for their children’s future.

It’s easy. You put money into an RESP, the government adds education savings grant funds. It’s kind of like having exclusive access to money for the future.

Female scientist in the field researching bees, International Day of Women and Girls in Science

By: Robyn McCallum

I have always enjoyed reading, writing, and music.  Growing up, I found subjects like English and History interesting, but when I took my first in-depth science course in middle school, I struggled.

Peter Lewis, Vice President, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation

By: Peter Lewis, Vice President, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation


As a forty-something executive, I sometimes reflect on when I was young (and hopefully not too foolish), on how great it would have been to have had the benefit of knowing what I know now, back when I was just starting out. So, if I had the opportunity to give my younger self some advice, here’s what I would say.

Once upon a time, university was thought to be the ultimate destination in the pursuit of post-secondary education. 

That was then.  This is now.  Times have definitely changed.

These days, students have many options for higher learning.  There are more programs and schools available and over the years, Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) have changed and have become more flexible to reflect that.

What schools qualify for a CST RESP

Charmaine Holland with friends playing Rummy

Charmaine Holland wants to make a difference in the world.   The 19 year old’s lifelong dream is to become a geriatric doctor. 

Her desire to make a positive contribution to the elderly was evident even in high school when she started an organization in the Niagara Region called, “Wise Souls, Young Spirits".  The program connects youth with seniors at a local retirement home. 

Tess Grad

Martha Turner is Vice President, Marketing at CST Consultants Inc.  

She is also a CST client and shares her personal story of reaching a momentous milestone, helping to make her daughter's dreams come true.  

Wilfrid Laurier

As a leading provider of education savings solutions, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CST) is passionate about helping to ensure that every Canadian resident has the financial resources to pursue post-secondary education. Once they get to university, however, the work doesn’t stop.

Child Learning to Ride Bike

The latest numbers coming from Statistics Canada on tuition fees may look scary but if you’re among the half of Canadian parents investing in an RESP some sage advice for you: Keep Calm and Save On!

Statistics Canada says Canadian full-time students in undergraduate programs paid 3.3% more on average in tuition fees for the 2013/2014 year this fall than they did a year earlier. On average, undergraduate students paid $5,772 in tuition fees this year compared with $5,586 last year.

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