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Post-secondary tuition freeze in Alberta extended for another year
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 3:28PM MDT
The Alberta government announced Wednesday that post-secondary students in the province would be protected from tuition increases for another year.
Officials said the tuition freeze would continue through the 2017-2018 academic year.
The province said the extension would allow the province to work with stakeholders to review the tuition and fee model in Alberta.
“Our students and post-secondary stakeholders are in the best position to help shape what Alberta needs for the future,” Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt said in a statement. “This review will ensure a long-term solution to keep education accessible and affordable for Albertans.”
It’s hoped the review will help set the direction on how increase post-secondary costs fairly, while also making increases predictable so students could better plan.
On top of tuition, consultations will include discussions on mandatory fees, tuition for international students and how to best support students.
The province said due to this continued tuition freeze, about 250,000 full-time and part-time students and apprentices will save about $16 million.
The Alberta government has also launched a public consultation on post-secondary tuition online.