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Alberta Government Looks To Lighten Load On Post Secondary Students

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Alberta Government Looks To Lighten Load On Post Secondary Students

Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt at Keyano College in May 2017. Photo by: Jaryn Vecchio//Harvard Broadcasting

The Alberta Government is looking to save post-secondary students some cash for now and in the future.

On Monday, the Alberta Government announced Bill-19 – which will make college and university cheaper for students in Alberta.

Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt says they based the framework of the bill on over 4000 responses to an online survey the government conducted.

He adds to help more students afford a university or college education – they’ll extend the tuition freeze for a 5th straight year.

“Upon passage of this bill, we’ll be extending our freeze to a 5th and final year through 2019-2020, so that we can with our partners of post-secondary institutions, fully and properly implement the framework of this bill, without increasing tuition fees for students.”

Bill-19 would see post-secondary students have more affordable options provincially – regardless of the area of study.

Schmidt says this will save students around 2,000 dollars on their tuition.

“As a few of you know, a few of my roommates and I survived on Raisin Bran in University, while he was going for his degree. It just boggles the mind how much Raisin Bran $2,000 could by. About 500 scoops, I’d imagine.”

If passed, the new bill would come into effect on February 1, 2019.

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