Bill 19 brings forward important changes to legislation, implementing financial protections for both domestic and international students. It also ensures that students have a more meaningful role in the decision-making process, with increased representation on the Board of Governors, and requirements for student approval whenever exceptional increases to tuition or non-instructional fees are proposed.
Edmonton, Alberta – The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) had been eagerly anticipating a response from the Government of Alberta regarding results of the tuition review, and celebrate the changes brought forward by recent legislation. The introduction of Bill 19, “An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education” includes significant and unprecedented wins for students across the province.
Insufficient financial support coupled with the rapid increases in tuition costs over the last two decades have created a crisis of student debt in Alberta.
Not only does the current system of student financial aid often provide insufficient funding for students, but the limitation of these programs prevent the most vulnerable students from accessing supports, thus reducing overall accessibility to post-secondary education across the province.
Read our paper to understand the current barriers regarding financial aid, the reality of student debt and borrowers, and an in-depth analysis of student financial aid systems across the country.
Each year, CAUS prepares a budget submission for the Government of Alberta’s consultations. Each priority is carefully drafted while keeping accessibility, affordability, and predictability at the top of mind of students enrolled across Alberta.
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