Tuition costs reflect our commitment to continue to deliver excellent academic programs and student services; costs of providing service increase every year. It is important to note that U of G offers a high-quality education at tuition rates that are significantly lower than those of our peer institutions in Ontario. Even with the increase our international tuition rates are 70 to 75 percent of those of our peer institutions.
We have implemented a new international tuition framework. Going forward, returning international undergraduate students will experience set tuition increases. Tuition increases for returning undergraduate international students will be capped at 3 per cent for the 2021/22 academic year. This is significantly lower than the previous academic year when international tuitions fees in some programs went up as much as 15 per cent. As well, we are committing that in future years, returning international undergraduate students will never face tuition increases greater than 5 percent.
As well, new tuition rates will now be implemented in the fall semester rather than the summer semester to allow more time for planning and communication and to align with the schedules of peer institutions.
Tuition for U of G new international undergraduate students will be about 3 to 9 per cent higher in 2021/2022, depending on the program. Tuition for international graduate students is not increasing in regular masters and doctoral programs; rates for professional programs are increasing between 3 and 6 per cent.
Our percentage increases for international student tuition are similar to the percentage increases for international student tuition adopted this year by our peer institutions. As well, funds from international tuition increases are earmarked to provide international student supports such as bursaries and scholarships.
We have implemented a new framework that limits future tuition increase for returning international students, allowing them to better plan for the cost of their education. During the pandemic, we also allowed for deferred tuition payment plans and enhanced supports for international students, which will continue during the 2021/2022 academic year.
More information about the various financial supports available to international students is available on the International Student Support webpage.
Unlike domestic students, the cost of providing international students with a high-quality education is not supplemented by government funding and grants.
U of G offers a high-quality education at tuition rates that are significantly lower than those of our peer institutions in Ontario. Even with the increase, our international tuition rates are 70 to 75 percent of those of our peer institutions.
U of G is a global institution. International students add to the diversity of campus and the diversity of the learning experience for all students, international and domestic. Thus, recruiting international students and talent is a strategic focus.