Uncertainty around tuition increases in Alberta

May 26, 2015

With the recent change in Alberta’s government, students and PSE institutions are wondering whether certain tuition increases will go ahead as planned. The newly elected NDP government promised during its election campaign that it would freeze tuition and cancel upcoming market modifier tuition increases; however, the NDP has not yet issued its 2015–16 budget. Some students are hoping that the market-modifier approvals will be reversed and that new legislation will close up other tuition-related loopholes, such as mandatory non-instructional fees. PSE leaders have noted that any caps or changes to tuition should be offset by increases to operating grants and more stable funding. Opposition critic Mark Smith stated that the Wildrose party supports capping tuition increases to the rate of inflation but would not back a tuition freeze.Calgary Herald