CALGARY — The NDP government has followed through on an election promise to freeze tuition and fees for post-secondary students for the next two years.
The tuition and fee freeze went into effect on Tuesday and the province says starting this fall it will review the overall funding model for post-secondary institutions.
Advanced Education Minister Lori Sigurdson says the initiatives are a first step toward making higher education more affordable.
She says she's met with many of the presidents of the province's 26 post-secondary institutions and says they are encouraged by what the government has done.
The province also restored funding that had previously been cut and says the extra money will ensure all institutions freeze the cost of mandatory non-instructional fees.
Romy Garrido, chairwoman of the Council of Alberta University Students, says the tuition freeze is good news.
"During the freeze, students are looking forward to collaborating directly in the planning of the long-term funding framework for post-secondary education, and to ensuring that the principles of affordability and predictability continue to guide future considerations for the tuition and fees we pay,” she says.
Her comments were echoed by Erik Queenan, president of the Students' Association of Mount Royal University in Calgary.
“It’s a good first step after years of increases and ever-growing student debt," says Queenan. "Every penny counts. Students are pleased that the government is considering students’ needs and that they’re consulting us."
The freezes will last for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
The Canadian Press