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Cost of a PC Education

Pickering College has three annual fees and they include a range of items and services, depending on the student's grade. The annual costs include Tuition, an Educational Technology Fee and a Facility Renewal Fee. One time fees for new students include an Enrolment Fee and an Asset Upgrade Fee. There are also a variety of discounts available to all families

For all students, tuition fees include:

  • a daily hot lunch, including deli and salad bar options with 2 soup choices and dessert
  • a yearbook
  • individual school photographs;
  • a full school panoramic picture;
  • local traveling expenses for school athletic teams;
  • student committee fees and
  • use of the school Health Centre, which is staffed with Registered Nurses and has access to our school Doctor.

Included with tuition

For all students, tuition fees include:

  • a daily hot lunch, including deli and salad bar options with 2 soup choices and dessert
  • a yearbook
  • individual school photographs;
  • a full school panoramic picture;
  • local traveling expenses for school athletic teams;
  • student committee fees and
  • use of the school Health Centre, which is staffed with Registered Nurses and has access to our school Doctor.

Boarding Student Tuition

For boarding students, meals included are breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday; brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, we have evening snack.

Canadian

Canadian-
English as a Second Language Learner
$60,585

$61,810

International

International-
English as a Second Language Learner

$63,420

$64,640

Canadian students are those whose parents have their permanent/principal place of residence in Canada, regardless of the nationality of the student or temporary place of residence. A Canadian passport does not mean a student is necessarily a Canadian student.

*English as a Second Language Learner Fees apply to students whose first language is not English and they have to access specialized classes as part of the curriculum and in addition receive extra support throughout the year.

Day Student Tuition

Junior/Senior Kindergarten

$24,535
Grades 1-5

$26,870
Grades 6-12

$29,495

Additional fees

Educational Technology Fee:

This annual user fee provides access to; technological infrastructure; multi-media classrooms; the integration of technology into the classroom; on-line communication and training and support. The user fee is graduated by grade level and is as follows:

Junior Kindergarten-Grade 3

$450

Grades 4-5

$550

Grades 6-8

$650

Grades 9-12

$950



Facility Renewal Fee

An annual fee of $800 per student is charged. This fee supports the upkeep and revitalization of our facility and is necessary to keep it functioning as a suitable environment to meet the needs of our students and faculty.

Day Student Fees at a Glance

2018/2019 DAY STUDENT FEES AT A GLANCE (Amounts in Canadian Dollars)

Please note that these fees are before any discounts.

JK & SKGrades
1-3
Grades
4-5
Grades
6-8
Grades
9-12
Tuition,
Educational
Technology Fee & Facility Renewal Fee
$25,785$28,120
$28,220$30,945$31,245
Option #1: Full
Payment by April 18, 2018 with $500 discount
$25,285
$27,620$27,720$30,445$30,745
Option #2: 5
installments
Billed March-July 2018
TRP is optional
$5,157
per month
$5,624
per month
$5,644
per month
$6,189
per month
$6,249
per month

Option #3: 12 installments
Billed March 2018-February 2019

(Canadian students only) Plus mandatory tuition refund insurance to be billed as a lump sum before school starts.

$2,148.75
per month
$2,343.33
per month
$2,351.67
per month
$2,578.75
per month
$2,603.75
per month


2018/2019 Tuition Refund Plan (TRP)

This fee is mandatory for all students whose fees are not paid in full prior to August 31, 2018. Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is strongly recommended for all students and is available at the rate of 1.8% of tuition plus applicable taxes. Please see the TRP program brochure for complete details, but it is important to note that the insurance covers the academic year and to be valid a student must attend school for at least fourteen days. Please note that if you choose to purchase the TRP, and your fees are paid in full before August 31, 2018 you may still withdraw from the TRP before school starts with a signed waiver only. For more information, please click here for the detailed Tuition Refund Brochure.

Boarding Student Fees at a Glance

2018/2019 BOARDING STUDENT FEES AT A GLANCE (Amounts in Canadian Dollars)

Please note these fees are before any discounts.

Boarding Student Grade 7-8

Boarding Student Grade 9-12

Tuition, Educational Technology Fee & Facility Renewal Fee

Please note that English as a Second Language Learner fees are identified as ESL.

Canadian student:$62,035

Canadian ESL student:
$63,260

International student: $64,870

International ESL student:
$66,090


Canadian student: $62,335

Canadian ESL student:
$63,560

International student: $65,170

International ESL
student:
$66,390


Option #1: Full Payment by April 17, 2018 with $500 discount

Canadian student: $61,535

Canadian ESL student:
$62,760

International student: $64,370

International ESL
student:
$65,590


Canadian student: $61,835

Canadian ESL student:
$63,060

International student: $64,670

International ESL
student:
$65,890


Option #2:

Canadian students
5 installments
March to July

International students
2 installments
20%-upon enrolment
80% by June 30


Canadian student: $12,407 per month

Canadian ESL student:
$12,652 per month

International student:
Enrollment: $12,974
June 30: $51,896

International ESL student:
Enrollment: $13,218
June 30: $52,872

Canadian student: $12,467 per month

Canadian ESL student:
$12,712 per month

International student:
Enrolment: $13,034
June 30: $52,136

International ESL
student:
Enrolment: $13,278
June 30: $53,112


Option #3:

Canadian students only
12 instalments
March 2018 to February 2019
tuition refund plan is mandatory

Canadian student: $5,169.58
per month

Canadian ESL student:
$5,271.67
per month

Canadian student: $5,194.58
per month

Canadian ESL student:
$5296.67
per month

Please note for international students Tuition is due in full in the case of an acceptance after the June 30th, 2018 deadline.


2018/2019 Tuition Refund Plan (TRP)

This fee is mandatory for all students whose fees are not paid in full prior to August 31, 2018. Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is strongly recommended for all students and is available at the rate of 1.8% of tuition plus applicable taxes. Please see the TRP program brochure for complete details, but it is important to note that the insurance covers the academic year and to be valid a student must attend school for at least fourteen days. Please note that if you choose to purchase the TRP, and your fees are paid in full before August 31, 2018 you may still withdraw from the TRP before school starts with a signed waiver only. For more information, please click here for the detailed Tuition Refund Brochure.

Discounts available to all families

DISCOUNTS

Pickering College offers a range of discounts for our families.

Full Payment Discount $ 500

A reduction of $500 from the fees is offered to a student whose fees are paid in full by April 18, 2018.

Family Discount $1,500 / $5,000 for third sibling

A reduction of $1,500 from the fees is offered to the second sibling attending Pickering College in the same academic year; a reduction of $5,000 from the fees is offered to the third and subsequent sibling attending Pickering College in the same academic year.

Alumni Discount $1,000

A reduction of $1,000 from the fees is offered to a child or grandchild of Pickering College alumni.

Re-Enrolment Discount

A discount is given to recognize the loyalty of current families. In order to obtain the discount, the re-enrolment contract along with the re-enrolment deposit must be received by the school on or before the due date.

When a current family re-enrolls on time, the reduction in fees is as follows:

Day Students
Kindergarten $300
Grades 1-5 $330
Grades 6-12 $375

Boarding Students
Grades 7-12 $750

New student fees - one time only

New Student Fees-one time only:

Day Application Fee

$150 (annual maximum family fee $300)

Boarding Application Fee

$200 (annual maximum family fee $400)

Enrolment Fee (paid upon enrolment, non-refundable)

$3,500



Day students - Other fees and items

Tuition

For all Day Students, lunch is included in tuition. There is no lunch fee. In addition to the items mentioned in the Cost of a PC Education page, there are a number of program enhancements provided at no additional cost.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 students also receive an afternoon snack, participate in Red Cross Swimming Lessons, and Power Skating or CanSkate lessons at no additional cost. All local curricular field trips are also included in tuition.

Grades 4 to 6 also receive an afternoon snack and participate in Power Skating or CanSkate lessons at no additional cost.

Grades 7 & 8 participate in Power Skating or CanSkate lessons and receive a variety of tutorial help at no additional cost.

Grades 9-12 have access to a variety of tutorial help and have access to a variety of the school facilities outside of school hours, including the gyms, arena and fitness centre. You will find that school life doesn't stop at the end of the school day.

Laptop

As part of the school's technology plan, technology is an important tool in student learning.

Students in Grades 6-8 are required to purchase a school designated Google Chromebook. The school develops the technical specifications and negotiates a purchase arrangement with the preferred supplier for parents to access. The cost of this Chromebrook, including a 2 or 3 year warranty is estimated at $580 plus taxes. Students may inquire about leasing from the school.

Students in Grades 9 to 12 are required to purchase the school designated laptop. There are no exceptions. The school uses a tablet PC. The school negotiates a purchase arrangement with a preferred supplier for parents to access. This will ensure the greatest consistency and reliability of the hardware. The cost of this laptop, with a Microsoft licensed operating system, a battery, a laptop sleeve, accidental damage protection and a 3 Year Parts and Labour Warranty is estimated at $2,000 plus taxes. As part of our technology plan the students have access to an onsite help desk for support and maintenance. This support includes the use of a loaner laptop if longer repairs are needed for their own laptop. The laptop also includes a variety of software applications.

Uniform

The uniform is an additional cost and we have our own store on campus, The Hilltop Shop. The Hilltop Shop is the only official supplier of the PC required uniform, the athletic uniform and uniform accessories such as belts and shoes. All new students can make an appointment towards the end of August for a personalized uniform shopping experience. The shop also carries bedding and linen options, personal care products and laundry supplies. The shop also carries a variety of sportswear and equipment to meet the needs of our varsity and recreational sports teams. Gift items, spiritwear and casual clothing are constantly changing to keep up with the fashion trends.

Books/Supplies

In Kindergarten, textbooks and supplies are included in Tuition.

For Grades 1-3, there is no additional charge for textbooks, the costs are included in tuition. Supplies would be an additional cost.

For Grades 4-6, there is an additional charge for textbooks, but it is a rental fee only. Supplies would be an additional cost.

For Grades 7-12, books and supplies are an additional cost and will range depending on the courses that a student is enrolled in. We have Bookstore on campus with both used and new textbooks. Our Bookstore offers a range of school supplies, including some technology items.

Instrument Rental

In Grades 4 to 8, instrumental music is a required part of our curriculum and in Grades 9-12 Instrumental Music, Jazz Band and Guitar are options. If a student needs to rent an instrument, the school has an arrangement with a number of local stores and depending on the instrument, the student will be billed accordingly.

Athletic Fees

There is no additional fee for the majority of our competitive athletic teams. Competitive Teams begin in Grade 4. A fee may apply if the team participates in a tournament. If a student selects the Equestrian program, competitive figure skating or competitive hockey, there is a fee as a result of the specialized coaching and other costs that are beyond the scope of our regular program. Some specialized equipment and/or uniform may be needed.

Before/After School Care

For Kindergarten to Grade 8, classrooms are open and supervised from 8:10 a.m.

If a family needs to drop a child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 off before 8:10 a.m. we have a before school program that runs from 7:00 a.m., charges are at a reasonable rate, and if the students are here by 7:30 a.m. they join our boarding students for breakfast. After School Care is also available daily until 6:00 p.m., at a reasonable rate.

Grade 9 to 12 students all receive an electronic key card for access to our buildings, and can be dropped off anytime from 8:00 a.m. If you need to drop off your child early, they can join our boarding students for breakfast by making arrangements through our Business Office. At the end of the day, students are able to wait in the Student Lounge for a later pick up.

Mandatory Class Trips

There are trips and outings scheduled throughout the year. Our trips enhance the students learning through experience, overnight trips, in addition to curricular value contain leadership and team building components. There are a few day trips annually to enhance the student's understanding of a certain curriculum. For Grades 7-9 there is a mandatory overnight full Grade trip and in Grades 10-12, there are optional curricular trips and Duke of Edinburgh Leadership trips.

Tutoring

Additional tutoring that may be necessary can be arranged through the school at an additional cost.


OTHER ITEMS


Student Withdrawal

Notice is required, in writing, to the Headmaster if a student is withdrawing after acceptance or enrolment. After April 1st, 2018 and up to July 31st, 2018 (inclusive), 20% of the total tuition and fees are non-refundable. After July 31st, 2018, 100% of the total tuition and fees are non-refundable. The $3,500 enrolment fee for new students is non-refundable.

Billing

The Business Office sets up student accounts for tuition installments, personal expenses and other incidental charges. E-statements are sent to the parents and must be paid monthly. Interest on overdue accounts will be charged monthly at a rate of 1.25% per month. In the event that an account becomes past due, Pickering College reserves the right to refuse re-enrolment. Any such refusal does not relieve the family from its financial obligations.

Tax Credits

Pickering College provides a childcare expense receipt for a certain portion of the fees paid. The school recommends that you review your own circumstances with advice from a professional financial advisor before making a claim. The receipts are mailed annually from the Business Office.

Annual Giving
Through donations to the Pickering College Annual Giving program, parents, alumni and friends of our school contribute to improving the experiences of every student. Charitable gifts to the Annual Fund/Headmaster's Initiatives allow the school to improve and enhance our programs and facilities. Priority areas requiring funding are carefully chosen each year, and include investments in professional development for teachers and coaches, new technology for the classrooms, athletic equipment and facilities improvements, and much more. We deeply appreciate every donor, and take pride in our careful use of every charitable gift.

Boarding students - Other fees and items

Tuition

Tuition also includes housekeeping services, wireless internet access, staff supervised study time, 24 hour live-in residential staff and a full evening program, including life skills, athletic and cultural programs. Boarding students have access to the school facilities, including laundry, our fitness centre, gyms, track, fields and arena outside of school hours. A variety of weekend programming is included in tuition. Some off-site activities are extra. We can also administer an allowance at the parents'/guardians' request. And finally, each room includes an electronic locking safe for valuables.

Health Insurance for Students $900

Health insurance from Pickering College is mandatory for all students on a study permit and who are not covered by OHIP. *Price subject to change.

Custodianship

Pickering College requires each boarding student to have a custodian while attending school. A family may identify their own custodian for their son or daughter or pay for custodial services through an outside agency. Custodians must be English-speaking, over the age of 21, preferably a Canadian citizen residing within Ontario and be willing to fulfill all duties as outlined in the Custodial program brochure. If a student does not have a custodian living in Ontario the family must be prepared to pay a fee to an outside agency. Pickering College has secured the services of International Student Guardianship Canada (ISGC), a local company that specializes in providing custodial services to boarding students.

Laptop

As part of the school's technology plan, technology is an important tool in student learning.

Students in Grades 7-8 are required to purchase a school designated Google Chromebook. The school develops the technical specifications and negotiates a purchase arrangement with the preferred supplier for parents to access. The cost of this Chromebook, including a 2 year warranty is estimated at $550 plus taxes. One year students may inquire about leasing from the school.

Students in Grades 9-12 are required to purchase the school designated laptop. There are no exceptions. The school uses a tablet PC. The school negotiates a purchase arrangement with a preferred supplier for parents to access. This will ensure the greatest consistency and reliability of the hardware. The cost of this laptop, with a Microsoft licensed operating system, a battery, a laptop sleeve, accidental damage protection and a 3 Year Parts and Labour Warranty is estimated at $1,800 plus taxes. As part of our technology plan the students have access to an onsite help desk for support and maintenance. This support includes the use of a loaner laptop if longer repairs are needed for their own laptop The laptop also includes a variety of software applications.

Uniform

The uniform is an additional cost and we have our own store on campus, The Hilltop Shop. The Hilltop Shop is the only official supplier of the PC required uniform, the athletic uniform and uniform accessories such as belts and shoes. All new students can make an appointment towards the end of August for a personalized uniform shopping experience. The shop also carries bedding and linen options, personal care products and laundry supplies. The shop also carries a variety of sportswear and equipment to meet the needs of our varsity and recreational sports teams. Gift items, spiritwear and casual clothing are constantly changing to keep up with the fashion trends.

Books/Supplies

Books and supplies are an additional cost and will range depending on the courses that a student is enrolled in. We have Bookstore on campus with both used and new textbooks. Our Bookstore offers a range of school supplies, including some technology items.

Instrument Rental

In Grade 7 and 8, instrumental music is a required part of our curriculum and in Grades 9-12 Instrumental Music, Jazz Band and Guitar are options. If a student needs to rent an instrument, the school has an arrangement with a number of local stores and depending on the instrument, the student will be billed accordingly.

Athletic Fees

There is no additional fee for the majority of our competitive athletic teams. A fee may apply if the team participates in a tournament. If a student selects the Equestrian program, competitive figure skating or competitive hockey, there is a fee as a result of the specialized coaching and other costs that are beyond the scope of our regular program. Some specialized equipment and/or uniform may be needed.

Mandatory Class Trips

There are trips and outings scheduled throughout the year. Our trips enhance the students learning through experience, overnight trips, in addition to curricular value contain leadership and team building components. There are a few day trips annually to enhance the student's understanding of a certain curriculum. For Grades 7-9 there is a mandatory overnight full Grade trip and in Grades 10-12, there are optional curricular trips and Duke of Edinburgh Leadership trips (Dog Sledding, Camping etc.).

Tutoring

Additional tutoring that may be necessary can be arranged through the school at an additional cost.


OTHER ITEMS


Student Withdrawal

Notice is required, in writing, to the Headmaster if a student is withdrawing after acceptance or enrolment. After April 1st, 2018 and up to July 31st, 2018 (inclusive), 20% of the total tuition and fees are non-refundable. After July 31st, 2018, 100% of the total tuition and fees are non-refundable. The $3,500 enrolment fee for new students is non-refundable.

Billing

The Business Office sets up student accounts for tuition installments, personal expenses and other incidental charges. E-statements are sent to the parents and must be paid monthly. Interest on overdue accounts will be charged monthly at a rate of 1.25% per month. In the event that an account becomes past due, Pickering College reserves the right to refuse re-enrolment. Any such refusal does not relieve the family from its financial obligations.

Tax Credits

Pickering College provides a childcare expense receipt for a certain portion of the fees paid. The school recommends that you review your own circumstances with advice from a professional financial advisor before making a claim. The receipts are mailed annually from the Business Office.

Annual Giving

Through donations to the Pickering College Annual Giving program, parents, alumni and friends of our school contribute to improving the experiences of every student. Charitable gifts to the Annual Fund/Headmaster's Initiatives allow the school to improve and enhance our programs and facilities. Priority areas requiring funding are carefully chosen each year, and include investments in professional development for teachers and coaches, new technology for the classrooms, athletic equipment and facilities improvements, and much more. We deeply appreciate every donor, and take pride in our careful use of every charitable gift.


Frequently Asked Finance Questions

Full School Year Boarding & Day Students


Below are questions that our boarding and day families commonly ask. Please contact us if you have additional questions or just want to speak to a person to discuss your family circumstances. We’re here to help make this process easier for you.

When is a student billing account established?

The account will be established when the student is officially enrolled to Pickering College (PC). The student billing account includes the student’s name with a unique ID number which will stay with them throughout their time at PC.

When is an account statement issued?

The school issues a student account statement on a monthly basis; within two weeks of the following month. For example, the December 2018 statement would be issued by January 14, 2019.

When does PC start billing for the next school year?

Our billing cycle for September to June enrolment starts in March of the previous school year and runs to the following February. Any applicable discounts will be applied to the tuition portion. Health Insurance and Tuition Refund Plan charges will be itemized on the August statement. All other miscellaneous charges will be itemized as incurred.

Is the monthly statement a receipt or a bill?

The monthly statement is a receipt and a bill. It reflects all payments that our parents have made so that they can use it as a document to apply for or renew their child’s student permit and/or visa. This statement shows a summary of charges from the Bookstore and the Hilltop Shop (our school uniform store), and the detail of all other school charges.

What types of charges are reflected on the student billing account?

These charges include but are not limited to:
  • Annual tuition fees & discounts
  • One time enrolment fees
  • Field trip charges
  • Hilltop Shop/Bookstore purchases
  • Athletic programs, may include hockey/skating school program, skiing, swimming team, sports adventures
  • Security card fee ( replacement fee if the student loses his/her card)
  • Tuition Refund Insurance (TRP)
  • Health Centre expenses
  • Lost library book fee
  • Student life events
  • Before/after care charges 
  • Late payment penalties
For boarding students charges may also include:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Student allowance ( suggested $50 - $70 per week) please refer to Question 11
  • Lost room key charge
  • Residential activities
  • Custodian service charges (ISGC - Package 1 or Package 2, plus Homestay, Airport transportation, Visa/study permit renewal fees, etc.)

How can I receive detailed statements from the Bookstore and the Hilltop Shop?

When a new student arrives in August/September and purchases items, a paper copy of the bill is issued upon checkout. From time to time, when the student purchases items from either store, they are given a detailed copy of their purchase. The Business Office can scan and email copies of the detailed statements to our parents upon request.

How can I receive the detailed statements related to Health Centre charges?

The charges on the statement will likely be a monthly total. Details can be provided by the Health Centre upon request.

When will families receive the first statement and what can they expect to see on their first statement?

The school normally issues the first statement for the new school year in April, right after the billing cycle starts. These statements are issued to all our parents, including existing and new families as long as they register before the end of February of each year.

If new families register for a partial school year (after the school year is under way), the first statement will be issued once the Business Office receives the signed contract and the first deposit. This statement will include all charges and payments that have been made as of that date.

If new families register early for the next school year (to secure a guaranteed spot), the first statement will be issued once the Business Office receives the signed contract and first deposit. This will only include the payments that have been made as of that date. The tuition related charges will then fall into the school’s yearly billing cycle.

When are field trip & other miscellaneous charges billed to the account?

Field trips and other charges are generally charged year round after the trip occurs.

How do I read the monthly statement?

There are several major components to the statement:

Statement date reflects the date when the statement is issued, but only reflects the transactions up to the end of the month prior to the statement date.

Record ID is the student’s ID. It is also the account number if you decide to pay for the bill through online banking, credit card, or international money transfer.

Student Grade that appears on each student’s statement represents their grade for the current school year. Parents of newly enrolled students should note that statements issued before July 1st will show their child’s grade level as one year less than the enrolled grade. This is automatically updated by our system on July 1st.

Amount Due is the outstanding balance as of the end of the previous month, and reflects the amount which is currently due.

Date is the transaction date.

Type includes payment, credit and charge.

  • Payment is the amount of money that the school received since the previous statement, it will appear in brackets;
  • Credit is a discounted item or adjustment, which reduces the balance owing, it also appears in brackets;
  • Charge is the school tuition fees and ongoing activities owed to the school.

Reference is the explanation of each transaction.

Balance is the accumulated amount after each transaction.

Information at the bottom of the statement reflects outstanding balances as “current” or “overdue”. Note that accounts are due at the end of the month in which the statements are issued.

How does the PC allowance program work?

Boarding parents can set up an allowance account for their children in three ways:

  • Email (preferred method)
  • In-person
  • Over the phone

Upon parent’s approval, a weekly allowance will be set for the child (suggested $50 - $70/week). The Business Office will transfer an approved amount (normally $1,000) into the allowance account to cover the weekly allowance.

On occasion, a student may require additional money for the week; the Business Office will seek parental approval for those requests. Parents may adjust the weekly allowance on an ongoing basis, and are free to add to the allowance account at any time.

When the allowance account appears to need a top-up, the Business Office will contact the parents to see if they wish to transfer additional money to the allowance account.

Is there any late/interest on overdue accounts?

Yes. Interest on overdue accounts will be charged monthly at a rate of 1.25% per month.

Should we come to meet the Business Office staff on Registration Day?

We would love to meet you in person, and answer any questions you may have. If you are unable to drop in, please feel free to call the Business Office at any time. We can be reached at 905-895-1700, ext.: 223.