We have already begun calling thousands of students, reminding them to get out and vote tomorrow. Polls are open from 9:00am to 8:00pm and if you need more information on where to vote or what you need to bring we suggest checking out Elections Alberta at elections.ab.ca.

We have also received a lot of questions around who should we vote for. That’s a pretty personal question, and the only real answer we can give is to encourage you to make an informed vote! Each of the parties have put out lots of promises in their platforms, some of it specifically targeting students:

Alberta Party

  • Extend loan grace periods and repayment schedules
  • Increase grants for low-income, first-generation, and Aboriginal students
  • Expand training, apprenticeship, and education in the workplace
  • More summer job programs
  • Allow community colleges to grant university degrees
  • Offer tax credits for housing costs for students

Liberals (PDF)

  • Eliminate tuition by 2025 by lowering it $250 a year
  • Create a provincial post-secondary endowment fund
  • Forgive 5% or $1,000 of student debt each year a grad stays in Alberta
  • Eliminate parental contributions from student loan calculations
  • Expand distance education

New Democratic Party

  • Freeze tuition and reduce it by 10%
  • Forgive $1,000 of student debt each year a grad stays in Alberta
  • End non-instructional fees collected by universities and colleges
  • Increase funding to institutions to replace lost revenue from fees
  • Increase apprenticeship training

Progressive Conservatives

  • Eliminate parental contributions from student loan calculations
  • Replacing remission program with completion grants of $2,000 and a grant of $1,000 for grads who stay in Alberta in essential jobs
  • More collaborative degrees between community colleges and universities
  • Bursary program for students from rural Alberta
  • $650 million in infrastructure across Alberta’s post-secondary institutions

Wildrose

  • Forgives student debt for grads who stay in Alberta
  • Limit on post-secondary tuition fee increases to inflation
  • Eliminate parental contributions from student loan calculations
  • Expand distance education
  • Allow trades students to select a written or verbal exams
  • Improve credit transfer between institutions
  • Allow public funding to directly follow the student to their institution
  • Expand education tax credits for students and donors to institutions

Naturally the parties are not just talking about student issues – and students care about much more than just post-secondary education – check out the parties’ main sites to explore their thoughts on all of the issues of this campaign: