Alberta Post-Secondary Students Applaud Continued Tuition Freeze

Minister Marlin Schmidt announces an extension of the tuition and fees freeze at MacEwan University. Photo credit to Alberta government

The Council of Alberta University Students is welcoming the freeze and calling on the government to legislate tuition so any future increases are predictable.

Post-secondary students across the province are happy the NDP government is continuing a tuition freeze for the 2018-19 academic year. The Council of Alberta University Students applauds the announcement and is also calling on the government to look at legislating tuition in the future. Conner Peta with the University of Lethbridge Students Union says having the cost of post-secondary education legislated, would mean tuition would be predictable for students in the years ahead. He says the union remains committed to advocating on behalf of all students for a long-term solution to tuition and fees. A provincial government news release states, "a university or college student starting studies in September 2018 in a program charging the average tuition rate will save about $1,500 in tuition costs over four years. By maintaining the freeze and compensating institutions for the difference in revenue, the Alberta government is delivering on a promise of affordability and stability in post-secondary education." - Pat Siedlecki

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