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No post-secondary tuition increases

The Redford government is ensuring that the province’s post-secondary students won’t pay more in tuition next fall by freezing rates for the 2013-14 academic year.

“We’ve been very clear that we will not be balancing the budget on the backs of students,” said Premier Alison Redford. “Getting a post-secondary education is a truly wonderful investment and we want to make sure that investment remains affordable for families and students.”

“No tuition increases for students has been government’s expectation all along,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education Thomas Lukaszuk. “Post-secondary institutions under the Campus Alberta umbrella need to examine how to administer their schools differently so more dollars find their way into classrooms, into curriculum development, into programming and into making sure we continue to have leading, competitive education for our over 237,000 students and 31,000 apprentices."

Students are an important voice in the post-secondary education system and the Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education and ministry officials are committed to regular quarterly meetings with groups representing students in Alberta. Quarterly meetings will also be held with presidents and chairs of post-secondary institutions.

Government will cover the annual 2.15% tuition increase tied to the annual rate of inflation for the upcoming academic year.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Neala Barton
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Premier
780-422-4905
neala.barton@gov.ab.ca

Eldon McIlwain
Press Secretary
Enterprise and Advanced Education
780-638-1304
eldon.mcilwain@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.