University Students Concerned over Blue Ribbon Report

Edmonton - The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) is concerned with the Mackinnon Blue Ribbon Panel Report’s recommendations for post-secondary education. Recommendations to review financial stability of institutions, diversify revenue sources, and determine system goals will not make post-secondary education more affordable or accessible for Albertans and their families. The main source of post-secondary funding outside of government contributions is, and will continue to be, students and their families. Student debt is family debt.

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CAUS RESPONDS TO THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT'S POST SECONDARY ANNOUNCEMENT

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - Changes to Ontario’s post-secondary system have the potential to hurt students as many will no longer be able to access higher education. A decrease in tuition for students will make university more affordable. However, with announced changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), the threshold to qualify for non-repayable student aid will go up, meaning less students will have access to this crucial resource.

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Bill 19 - Why all the hype?

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.

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Students Encouraged by Introduction of Bill 19

 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. 

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Reconstructing Student Financial Aid in Alberta

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.

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CAUS 2019 Budget Submission

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.

We’d love to hear your thoughts! Contact us or share your comments on social media!

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