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Budget 2017 Maintains Important Funding for Post-Secondary Students and Institutions in Alberta

March 16, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta – The Government of Alberta has announced in Budget 2017 its continued priority to provide students with stable and predictable post-secondary education. Within a period of economic restraint students will continue to receive the high quality post- secondary education they have come to expect from our province.

“Overall, this budget reflects good news for students,” said Dexter Bruneau, Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) and Vice-President External for the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University. “The government is demonstrating its commitment to the post-secondary sector, and students are happy with the direction the government is taking.”

Budget 2017 contains key actions that will continue providing students with high-quality, affordable and accessible post-secondary education. Students are encouraged to see the previously announced continuation of a tuition freeze for its third year; an increase of 2% to base operating grants for our institutions; an increase to funding of scholarships, awards, and grants; and a continuation of the Summer Temporary Employment Program for fiscal year 2017-18. Additionally, there is an increase of $51 million for Student Loan programs that will lower barriers to access for students from various socio-economic backgrounds.

Students are also pleased to see a continuation of campus Mental Health Funding of $3.6 million included in the budget. This is funding that has been pivotal in providing excellent care to students, however CAUS wants to not only see its continuation in institutional funding, but an increase of this funding upon the completion of the government’s current Post-Secondary Mental Health Review.

“While we are pleased that Budget 2017 does continue funding for campus mental health at a reliable rate, students want to know that their services won’t be reduced” explained Bruneau. “Campus Mental Health Funding is crucial for maintaining access to important services on our campuses, and must be increased to address ongoing Mental Health concerns for students.”

For more information contact:
Joshua McKeown, CAUS Interim Executive Director
cell: 780-297-4531
email: josh@caus.net

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