Alberta’s tuition fees were among the highest in Canada. They’re now among the lowest.
We’re keeping tuition affordable so more Albertans can get a good education to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow by:
- extending the tuition freeze for a fifth year, to the end of the 2019-20 academic year
- passing legislation to establish a long-term tuition and funding strategy
Having access to quality, affordable adult education in Alberta is essential for people to succeed in a modern and diverse economy.
An estimated 260,000 full- and part-time students and apprentices will benefit from affordable tuition this year. An average student will save $2,000 during a 4-year degree program.
Keeping tuition affordable
Bill 19: An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education has been passed to help keep tuition affordable for students and provide predictable revenues and clear roles for universities, colleges and polytechnic institutions.
- cap average tuition and apprenticeship fee increases to the annual percentage change in Alberta's Consumer Price Index
- give the minister authority to regulate mandatory non-instructional fees and international tuition, set apprenticeship fees and order future tuition freezes
- revise the tuition framework following regulation changes
To modernize the post-secondary system and increase access for learners, the act will also:
- make it possible for a college to transition to university status
- confirm Alberta College of Art and Design's (ACAD) transition to a university
- update the current six-sector model to better define the mandates of Alberta's 26 post-secondary institutions and encourage continued collaboration and innovation
Bill 19 will take effect on February 1, 2019.
Over the coming months, we will:
- continue the tuition freeze through the 2019-20 academic year
- introduce regulatory changes, including the tuition framework
- work with institutions and students groups so they are aware of regulation changes
- work with institutions so they are prepared for and in compliance with the new tuition framework for 2020-21
The regulation changes, including the revised tuition framework, were developed following 3 years of consultation with students, families and representatives from post-secondary institutions.
If you have questions about the upcoming changes to post-secondary education in Alberta, please email AE.PublicAwareness@gov.ab.ca.
- Post-secondary education more affordable (Nov 20, 2018)
- New rules make life more affordable for students (Oct 29, 2018)
- Extended tuition freeze delivers on affordability (Nov 30, 2017)
- Province keeps tuition affordable for Alberta students (Oct 19, 2016)
- Tuition and fees freeze begins for post-secondary students (Sept 8, 2015)