President of University of Lethbridge GSA says Not all Post Secondary Students Happy with Tuition Freeze

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The President of the University of Lethbridge Graduate Students' Association is speaking out about yet another tuition freeze across the province.

Not all post-secondary students are pleased with the continuation of a province-wide tuition freeze. President of the Graduate Students' Association at the University of Lethbridge, Brendan Cummins, says he believes the move is short-sighted. He says student enrollment continues to rise, as does the costs associated with running programs at various post-secondary institutions across Alberta. Cummins says Thursday's announcement by the province doesn't provide any answers as to how universities, colleges and technical institutes will make up for the monetary shortfall a freeze in tuition will create. He acknowledges the government's pledge to provide "backfill" payments to help offset the lost tuition funds but says there's no specifics on how much that might be or how it will be divided amongst the province. Cummins says the Graduate Students' Association would like to see regulated, measurable tuition increases - generally at an inflationary rate - so institutions can pay for rising programming costs. -Tina Giesbrecht
Brendan Cummins

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