Post-secondary tuition freeze

Keeping tuition and fees affordable for university and college students.

Overview

Having access to quality, affordable adult education in our province is essential for Albertans to succeed in a modern and diverse economy.

We’re working on a long-term tuition and funding strategy to keep university and college education affordable for students. The new model will be announced in the new year.

While this work is being completed, we will:

  • extend the tuition freeze for a fourth year, to the end of 2018-19 academic year
  • provide backfill payments to post-secondary institutions to compensate for lost tuition revenue and maintain programs and spaces for students

The tuition freeze also applies to mandatory non-instructional fees and apprenticeship material fees levied by instructor such as lab fees or fees directly related to classroom instruction.

An estimated 250,000 full-and part-time students and apprentices will benefit from the tuition freeze this year. An average student will save up to $1,500 in tuition costs over 4 years.

University and college tuition in Alberta is now lower than the national average.

Tuition review

The tuition review will help set the future direction for a tuition and fee model that best serves students, families, institutions and taxpayers.

It focused on numerous tuition policy components, including:

  • how tuition increases
  • mandatory non-instruction fees
  • international student tuition
  • apprentice tuition and fees

Albertans and stakeholders were consulted last year to make sure the new tuition policy aligned with Alberta's adult learning system principles:

  • accessibility
  • affordability
  • quality
  • accountability
  • coordination

Their feedback will inform our decisions about the new tuition policy that will be announced soon.

Contact us

If you have questions about the timelines or consultation, please email tuitionreview@gov.ab.ca.

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