Surrey schools aim to attract international students with low tuition fees

Photo via flickr.com/photos/shazz

Photo via flickr.com/photos/shazz

Surrey wants to attract more international students to its schools – which is why the school district is offering the lowest international student fees in the Lower Mainland for the next two school years.

The Surrey school district recently approved the tuition fee for international students for the 2014/2015 school year – a decision which is made annually. When I reviewed the amounts in the minutes of a recent school district meeting I thought it was interesting that the fees for Surrey schools are considerably lower than any other school district in the region.

District 2014/2015 school year 2015/2016 school year
Surrey $12,900 $13,500
Langley $12,900 $13,550
Delta $14,000 $14,100
New Westminster $14,000 $14,050
Coquitlam $14,000 $14,100
Burnaby $14,050 $14,100
Vancouver $14,050 $14,100

I spoke to Angela Olson, manager of international education for the Surrey school district, to find out more.

She said it was “very intentional.”

Olson said this year the board waited to see what other school districts – such as Vancouver and Burnaby – would set their fees to, and how it would be received. The Surrey school district then coordinated with the Langley school district to set their amounts.

“We wanted to remain competitive. We look at where we are with our proximity with Vancouver. So sometimes there are other things that we need to do to appeal to students to get them to come and study in Surrey.”

Olson told me the district has also decided to approve international student fees 18 months in advance from this year onward so that the change in fees can be made known to agents and used in marketing materials and application forms.

While Surrey has a growing school district and doesn’t need international students to counter declining enrollment, diversity and financial gain are some of the benefits for the school district.

“There’s a good financial contribution that goes to the school district, and the funds that come in from international student fees are at the school district’s discretion on how to spend,” said Olson.

See a complete breakdown of tuition costs here:

District 2014/2015 school year 2015/2016 school year
Surrey $12,900

includes $12,100 tuition, $800 medical

$13,500

includes $12,600 tuition increase of $500, $900 medical

Langley $12,900

includes $12,100 tuition, $800 medical, $150 application fee

$13,550

includes $12,600 tuition increase of $500, $900 medical, $150 application fee

Delta $14,000

includes $13,000 tuition, $800 medical, $200 application fee

$14,100

increase to $900 for medical

New Westminster $14,000

includes $13,000 tuition, $850 medical, $150 application fee

$14,050

increase to $900 for medical

Coquitlam $14,000

includes $13,000 tuition, $800 medical, $200 application fee

$14,100

increase to $900 for medical

Burnaby $14,050

includes $13,000 tuition, $850 medical, $200 application fee

$14,100

increase to $900 for medical

Vancouver $14,050

includes $13,000 tuition, $850 medical, $200 application fee

$14,100

increase to $900 for medical

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