Tuition Review

On October 19, 2016, the Minister of Advanced Education extended the tuition freeze to allow for room to review tuition and fees in Alberta. This review aims to shape the development of a new tuition policy that is aligned with Alberta's adult learning system principles. Stakeholder consultation is an important component of this review to ensure Albertans' concerns are heard and considered.

Phase 1 of consultation ran from October 19 to December 8, 2016, with an online survey and discussion guide. During this phase, 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.

Advanced Education is currently working through phase 2 of the consultation with an External Stakeholder Advisory Group. The External Stakeholder Advisory Group includes students, institutional administrators, and government representatives. The group will build on the feedback from phase 1 and provide additional perspectives on potential policy solutions for tuition and fees.

The Minister of Advanced Education will introduce a new tuition policy in fall 2017, to be implemented for the 2018-19 academic year.

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

Timeline

MonthActivities
October 2016 – November 2016 Information will be gathered through regular stakeholder meetings and responses to the discussion guide.
December 7, 2016 Deadline for discussion guide and online survey submissions. 
Winter 2016 – Spring 2017 Advanced Education and the external stakeholder advisory group will process consultation feedback and develop options.
Fall 2017 Tuition and fees frozen for students for 2017-18 Academic Year. 
Fall 2018
(Academic year 2018-19)
New approach to tuition and fees anticipated to take effect for 2018-19 academic year.