A variety of academic avenues
The education system is made up of public and private French and English educational institutions. The Québec government allocates significant funding to education, which is considered of utmost importance. For example, 7.8 per cent of Québec's gross domestic product went to education in 2003, compared to 6.3 per cent on average in the other Canadian provinces. After the health sector, education receives the most funding. Québec's education system has four levels: elementary (which also includes preschool), secondary, college and university. Approximately 1.8 million people are enrolled in various full- and part-time studies. Education is free at the elementary, secondary and college levels. University students are required to pay tuition, which is relatively low by North American standards.