Partial refunds in the private schools?

Remboursements partiels dans les écoles privées?

Parents will receive a partial refund of the share of private institutions ? They are studying the issue.

Nearly 115,000 students attend 200 private schools at the primary, secondary and special vocation. Annual tuition fees range from 2000 $ to 4500 $ for maintained schools, for a total of 8000 $ and more for schools not subsidized.

Incidental expenses

Add incidental expenses, $ 500 to $ 2000 (and often more), in particular for the outputs, the mandatory and extra-curricular activities, equipment and school transport, insurance, locks, custodial fees, etc these expenses are in addition to the admission fees, uniforms, and lunches.

Parents pay these bills in two annual payments or, for the most part, by monthly payments. However, in march and April, they have had to take the entire bill, even if some services were not provided, such as transportation, outings, or day care services.

On the other hand, the provision of pedagogical varies in intensity and quality from one college to another, despite the efforts and the ingenuity deployed by the teachers and the colleges.

Many parents, who are struggling to make ends meet since the beginning of the crisis, ask whether they are getting value for money.


“Until the 27th of march, a directive from Québec, we are required to assume all of our contractual commitments to you ; after that date this obligation is fallen, is fallen, and each college has been able to make layoffs and to negotiate relief with its suppliers,” says David Bowles, director general of the College Charles-Lemoyne on the South Shore of Montreal, and president of the Federation of private educational institutions (FEEP).

The latter explains that the majority of colleges are non-profit organizations and that, in the circumstances, they would have difficulty granting refunds. Several schools, however, have ceased to charge some fees, and this should be reflected on the bills of may and June. But each institution takes its decisions autonomously.

“We told the parents that when the crisis is passed and the school year will be over, schools will evaluate the services rendered and the cost savings,” says Mr. Bowles. Some will set percentages for reimbursement by programs. ”

As the educational services are offered at a distance through technology, teachers have kept their jobs. The FEEP believes that parents should not expect to get a refund for the part educational.

Finally, in the cegeps, private, classes will continue remotely. Their association does not envisage any refund, except, perhaps, for the extra-curricular activities. It was awaiting details from the government before taking a decision.


  • The facilities are open to the reports and splits of payments to parents in financial difficulties.
  • Some schools have stopped charging some fees. If you pay by pre-authorized payment, call your establishment without delay, to adjust the amount.
  • The member institutions of the FEEP offer annually more than 8,000 scholarships (funded by donations from parents and former pupils), which cover totally or partially the tuition fees of eligible students.
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