Paying for School
Financing your post-secondary education will be one of the largest expenses in your lifetime, and, according to Maclean’s magazine, could result in an average cost of nearly $20,000/year (Brown, 2017). That’s why I am keenly aware of my responsibility to voice your need to keep the costs of tuition and fees low, and the opportunities for student aid and financial benefits high. The topic of paying for school is a multi-faceted one, and I’d like to share what we’ve done on your behalf recently to try to keep school affordable.
In November, the Alberta Government announced that tuition and mandatory instructional fees would remain frozen at 2015 levels for the 2018/2019 school year (Graney, 2017). I was honestly surprised by this announcement, and I immediately feared for the approximately 65% of AUSU members who reside outside of Alberta. As we have seen over the last several years, when AU isn’t able to increase revenue through Alberta students, it is the out of province students who carry the even heavier load.
Further, the Alberta government has been working on numerous lengthy reviews that were anticipated to provide a sustainable structure for predictable tuition and fees. It was disappointing to see an extended freeze as opposed to the results of the comprehensive tuition and fee review and PSI funding model review. AUSU issued a press release on the topic here.
At AUSU, we know that the majority of our members are working, and have more financial obligations than the average university student in Canada.