An estimated quarter-million students returning to 26 institutions from across Campus Alberta will be directly benefiting from a $133 million funding increase, which has resulted in a freeze in tuition and fees.
The Alberta NDP government’s investment is a commitment to bring stability to the post-secondary sector.
“Higher education is vital to our future prosperity and ensuring that it remains affordable and accessible for families is one way our government is investing in Albertans,” Lori Sigurdson, the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education stated.
The government has also re-invested funding that had been previously cut. The extra dollars from the re-invested funding will help ensure that all institutions freeze the cost of mandatory non-instructional fees.
Long-term funding is uncertain but is not being ignored.
Romy Garrido, Chair, Council of Alberta University Students states, “During the freeze, students are looking forward to collaborating directly in the planning of the long-term funding framework for post-secondary education, and to ensuring that the principles of affordability and predictability continue to guide future considerations for the tuition and fees we pay.”
The freeze will be for 2015 to 2016 and for 2016 to 2017. A government review will happen later this fall and will focus on the overall funding model for Campus Alberta.