Edmonton Journal contributor calls for “thaw” in AB tuition freeze

October 26, 2016

“It’s time to thaw the freeze” on university tuition in Alberta, writes Paula Simons for the Edmonton Journal. Simons admits that tuition at some AB institutions is nearly double what it would have been 15 to 20 years ago, yet adds that in the past decade, fees have not kept pace with inflation and institutions are struggling to make up the difference. “A one- or two-per-cent increase next year, to keep pace with inflation, shouldn’t be an insurmountably greater burden for students,” Simons concludes. “It would be a fairer way to amortize the inevitable pain and a way to cushion post-secondaries in what could be a very grim budget year.” Edmonton Journal