Canada Luring Students From U.S. With Lower Tuition Costs

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If college here in metro Detroit is breaking the bank, consider an international option and cross the border. WWJ’s Kathryn Larson has more on why savvy education shoppers are putting Canadian universities on their short list.

It’s an education with a view. At St. Clair College in Windsor, Vice President John Fairley’s favorite spot is four stories above their fine arts center, overlooking the Detroit River.

“The border is no longer a barrier for higher education. Just a river away, but the future could be endless for someone who needs a degree,” he said. “Fifteen percent of our inquiries for the fall are some of the people from the Michigan area.”

As tuition costs here in America continue to rise, Fairley said it’s apparent that students from the metro Detroit area are ready to dip their toes in an economical and affordable college option.

“When you’re looking at having an education, less than $7,000. That’s, again, capable to take you everywhere. You can start at St. Clair College and go everywhere,” he said.

Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor of nearby University of Windsor, said an education with them could also take you everywhere for a similar price tag, and now with an international discount.

“So we are introducing a special fee for students from the U.S. who might want to come and study at the University of Windsor, and it is the U.S. Neighbor Fee,” he said.

Under the U.S. Neighbor Fee, the university will offer American students a tuition fee of $5,000 per semester beginning Sept. 2013. Wildeman said American students can now save up to $5,000 per semester compared to the international fees they were previously paying.

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