Tuition hike to protect cap: minister

Students that got an unwelcome surprise two weeks ago when they heard the Alberta Government would be allowing post-secondary institutions to raise tuition are being told their fears may be unfounded. Advanced Education and Technology minister Doug Horner said reports of huge tuition increases across the board are the furthest thing from his ministry’s mind… Continue reading Tuition hike to protect cap: minister

The value of an education: recession edition

The University of Calgary Students’ Union hosted an open debate around the state of Quality, Affordability and the Future of Post-Secondary Education in Alberta on Wednesday. And while the forum touched on a variety of topics, for most students, the main issue was tuition. Last week Advanced Education and Technology minister Doug Horner made public… Continue reading The value of an education: recession edition

Province breaks promise on tuition cap

Despite an assurance in the Post-Secondary Learning Act that tuition would only be raised by 1.5 per cent, the provincial government has created a loophole for post-secondary institutions to raise tuition in some cases. The loophole means universities can submit an application to modify tuition costs for various degrees according to market demand. According to… Continue reading Province breaks promise on tuition cap

Tuition keeps on climbing

For most, the last day of classes before a much deserved break is a time of celebration. But last month, just as students were waking up, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors voted in favour of increasing tuition by 4.1 per cent next year. The Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association each made presentations… Continue reading Tuition keeps on climbing

Tuition goes up… again

In what has become a yearly occurrence, a room of some of Calgary’s most prominent and influential citizens voted to raise tuition for students at the University of Calgary last week. The U of C board of governors raised tuition by 3.3 per cent for all undergraduate and graduate students Thur., Jan. 25. The increase… Continue reading Tuition goes up… again

New tuition policy nothing new

Alberta post-secondary students will have to wait before they can officially celebrate having the most affordable education in the country. The much anticipated 2007 tuition policy was released Fri., Nov. 3 and announced that tuition for Alberta students will remain at 2004 levels next fall with further increases based on inflation. Though the policy is… Continue reading New tuition policy nothing new

Study finds tuition levels do not affect access

A recent report from the Montreal Economic Institute challenges a common argument made by student associations that increasing tuition restricts access to university education. The report focuses primarily on Quebec, which has the lowest tuition in Canada thanks to a provincial tuition cap, but draws wider conclusions using data from all 10 provinces. According to… Continue reading Study finds tuition levels do not affect access

Tuition protest blocked traffic

On the last day of classes in December, about 50 students braved the cold weather to protest tuition on the streets of Calgary. Operation Barricade, organized by Students’ Union Events Commissioner Greg Clayton and External Commissioner Kevin Maloney, brought students to the intersection of 24 Ave. and University Dr. NW Dec. 5, the same day… Continue reading Tuition protest blocked traffic