As students, tuition (sometimes referred to as “instructional fees ) represents the single greatest fee that we pay to the University. It pays for supplies, equipment, materials and services directly related to the delivery of instruction in a course or program.

Tuition is set by the university, but regulated by the province. In 2006, the Government of Alberta passed the Tuition Fees Regulation, which limits annual tuition increases to no greater than the increase to the Consumer Price Index over the same period. The Regulation was a key part of the Affordability Framework that the government put into place in June 2006.

While the Regulation went a long way to ensure large increases to tuition have not occurred in Alberta since 2006, the tuition level that the annual increases build upon was already high. In the figure below, we can see that the largest increases to tuition had already taken place prior to 2006. From 1991 to 2006, Alberta’s domestic students saw tuition increase 275% from $1,286 to $4,828; this jump was the highest percentage increase in the country. International students saw even larger increases (394%)1 during that period.

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Below is a visual representation of tuition increases since 1999.


Below is a visual representation of the Statistics Canada tuition average across Canada.

Town Hall

Check out a video recording of the town hall that took place on SUBstage on Tuesday, March 26.