Students Welcome the Government of Alberta Tuition Announcement

November 30, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta – Today the Government of Alberta and Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt announced the continuation of the tuition freeze for the 2018-19 academic year. While the details will be rolled out over the coming months, students are pleased to see the government prioritize them and ensure that education remains affordable and accessible.  The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) thanks the government for freezing tuition while ensuring institutions are funded appropriately to so that no student is impacted by funding restraints.

“Students are pleased to see that the government is committed to addressing financial barriers to a post-secondary education,” said Reed Larsen, VP External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union and Chair of CAUS.  “CAUS congratulates the government for undertaking an exhaustive review process and putting in place funding so that institutions will not need to make up for the shortfall.”

While students are optimistic about today’s announcement, there is continued concern that the freeze does not address other areas of affordability and accessibility.  CAUS has called on the government to legislate tuition and tie any future increases to CPI, regulate international tuition, and close all tuition loopholes. These steps are important to ensuring that post-secondary education remains predictable, affordable and accessible to all Albertans.

VP External of the University of Lethbridge Students’ Union and Vice-Chair of CAUS, Conner Peta adds, “this tuition announcement today is certainly encouraging. We remain wholly committed to advocating on behalf of students the need for a long term, predictable solution to tuition and fees.”

CAUS is excited to move forward in collaboration with government and administration on next steps as the details of these tuition announcements are worked though. We will continue to advocate tirelessly for the outcomes that are best for students.

For more information contact:

Reed Larsen
(780) 292-1731

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