Political Policy Tuition
Expires: April 30, 2020
- The Government of Alberta has shown an increased awareness of the importance of post-secondary education in our province.
- The Government of Alberta has the duty to fund the cost of a postsecondary 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 current tuition levels and costs of obtaining a post-secondary education are contrary to the values of a public post-secondary education system;.
- It is essential that the Government of Alberta craft a policy recognizing the need to alleviate the financial burdens borne by Albertaʼs students in accessing the post-secondary education system.
- The Studentsʼ Union –shall advocate for a tuition policy that:
- Provides long-term, sustained base operating funding for our universities that will be protected from negative changes in our governmentʼs financial situation;
- Protects tuition from increasing due to fluctuations in funding grants to the university from the government;
- Ensures tuition levels are predictable;
- 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 a policy on tuition fees that:
- Provides strict guidance to an institution’s ability to set tuition, including annual and ultimate limits on the maximum amount of tuition fees that can be levied on students;
- Requires post-secondary institutions to provide to the Board of Governors of the institution, the Auditor General of Alberta and the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education a detailed and verifiably transparent public plan on how additional tuition revenues will be spent.
- 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.