Political Policy Tuition
Expires: April 30, 2023
- The costs that students pay in tuition, should be demonstrated in a transparent way by the University of Alberta.
- In 2018, the Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA) was amended to include:
- Giving the Minister of Advanced Education (or equivalent) the ability to freeze domestic tuition;
- A cap on domestic tuition to not exceed the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation across a post-secondary institution, not exceeding a 10% increase per program;
- A mandate that post-secondary institutions must communicate the entire sum of a degree to an international student when they begin studies;
- An administration and the Students’ Union must present a joint submission in order to apply for approval of an exceptional tuition increase to a faculty or program.
- The Students’ Union believes that the Government of Alberta has the duty to fund the cost of a post-secondary education system that has the capacity for all eligible individuals to participate given the increased importance of an educated populace and the growing demands of an emerging knowledge economy.
- The high and unpredictable costs of post-secondary education are barriers to students.
- International tuition is consistently being increased beyond the cost of a degree due to a greater reliance on revenues from international students.
- The Students’ Union will not support increasing tuition and will work towards a reduction of any tuition increase at the University of Alberta Board of Governors.
- The Studentsʼ Union shall advocate for a tuition policy that:
- Protects tuition from increasing due to fluctuations in funding grants to the University from the government;
- Ensures tuition levels are predictable for domestic and international students;
- Has as its primary indicator of affordability the ability of students to pay without having to accrue the burden of debt;
- Provides for the fact that tuition is only one of the costs of pursuing a post- secondary education; and
- Ensures that no student will ever be denied the opportunity to pursue post- secondary . education because of their inability to pay.
- The Studentsʼ Union shall advocate that the Government of Alberta legislate tuition policies that:
- Requires post-secondary institutions to provide to the Board of Governors of the institution, the Auditor General of Alberta and the Minister of Advanced Education (or equivalent) a detailed and verifiably transparent public plan on how additional tuition revenues will be spent.
- Is reflective of an open and transparent consultation period, including the publishing of stakeholder (including student) feedback.
- Does not make tuition levels reliant on the current economic state of the province or country.
- The Students’ Union will oppose funding models that seek to increase the reliance of post-secondary funding on tuition paid by students, as opposed to government funding.
- The Students’ Union will oppose the growing reliance of the University on continually increased international student tuition as a means of stabilizing its budget.
- ↑ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/international-students-universities-ontario-tuition-1.4199489