Alberta Mirror

Province supports exceptional tuition increases at the University of Alberta


Key takeaways: 

  • Additional funds will support improved programs, the school states.
  • Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education, Demetrios Nicolaides, signed off on the “unusual” tuition hikes for 12 programs offered by the University of Alberta. 

Tuition hikes at the University of Alberta: 

A dozen University of Alberta programs will see tuition for new students grow by 16 to 104 percent this fall.

According to documents received by the Alberta NDP, Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education, Demetrios Nicolaides, signed off on the “amazing” tuition expansions for 12 programs offered by the University of Alberta.

Tuition additions are limited at seven percent, but the Alberta Tuition Framework lets schools apply to the Minister of Advanced Education for exceptional increases “if the increased tuition would result in improvements in program quality.”

According to the documents, the increases come into result at the beginning of the fall 2022 semester and apply to students admitted in fall 2022 and beyond.

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University of Alberta to get funds for tuition increase

Nicolaides said he approved proposals for exceptional tuition growth in late February after getting updated proposals from post-secondary organizations in an emailed statement. 

Faculties with impacted programs that will see growths vary from 16 to 71 percent, including business, engineering, law, medicine, and pharmacy. The highest leap is for the master of counseling program in the teaching faculty, which will increase 100 or 104 percent if a student has opted for the coursework or thesis stream.  The tuition increases only apply to domestic expenses – global students aren’t involved.

“All of the recommendations revealed how the gains will straight help students by enhancing the quality of programs, as well as making more chances for student financial aid in the form of scholarships and needs-based bursaries,” the minister said. 

Nicolaides confirmed increases offered by the University of Calgary were also agreed upon. 

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