Overview

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.

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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.

It will:

  • 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

Next steps

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

Tuition review

The regulation changes, including the revised tuition framework, were developed following 3 years of consultation with students, families and representatives from post-secondary institutions.

Learn more about the tuition review

Contact us

If you have questions about the upcoming changes to post-secondary education in Alberta, please email AE.PublicAwareness@gov.ab.ca.

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