Cégeps see surge in applications from international students following QC tuition decision


The Service régional des admissions au collégial de Québec (SRACQ) has received a tidal wave of applications from international students, especially from francophone regions in Africa. SRACQ typically receives around 2,000 admission applications from international students per year, but CBC reports that this year saw over 13,000 come in. SRACQ directeur général Marc Viens pointed to a 2022 provincial announcement as the source of this surge in applications. Viens states that the announcement promised exemptions from tuition fees for international students, but failed to communicate the related quantity. As a result, only a select handful of these cégep applicants will be able to benefit from the exemptions this September.