Tuition Review

On November 30, 2017, the Minister of Advanced Education announced an additional one year extension to the existing tuition and fees freeze. The additional year freezes tuition and fees at 2014-15 levels and means that a post-secondary student starting their studies in September 2018, in a program charging the average tuition rate will save about $1,500 in tuition costs over four years. The freeze limits costs to learners while the tuition and fees review is completed. Through the review, we’re developing a new tuition policy that is aligned with Alberta's adult learning system principles.

The Minister of Advanced Education will introduce a new tuition and fees policy in the coming months which will govern how tuition and fees will be regulated in future academic years.

Stakeholder consultation was an important component of the review, ensuring Albertans' concerns were heard and considered.

Phase 1 consultation

  • October 19 to December 8, 2016, with an online survey and discussion guide.
  • Learners, their families, and representatives from Alberta's post-secondary institutions shared their thoughts on tuition and fees.
  • A total of 4,190 survey responses and 29 completed discussion guides were received.
  • Government staff also met with a number of stakeholders at regularly scheduled meetings.

Phase 2 consultation

  • Worked with an External Stakeholder Advisory Group (including students, institutional administrators, and government representatives)
  • The group refined feedback from phase 1 and provided additional perspectives on potential policy solutions for tuition and fees.