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Alberta government extends tuition freeze for post secondary students

The Alberta government is extending a tuition freeze for post-secondary students by another year.

The province announced last fall that there would be no increase in tuition or fees at universities, colleges and technical schools for two years.

The extension means the freeze will continue through the 2017-18 academic year.

The government says it will use the extra year to continue its overall review of post-secondary funding.

The NDP last fall also reversed a cut that had been announced by the previous Tory government and instead increased base funding by $40 million.

Post-secondary schools and student organizations welcomed the measures and praised the new tuition announcement as well.

“We agree that predictable and sustainable funding is critical to the long-term success of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions and students,” David Turpin, president of the University of Alberta, said in a release. “We look forward to continuing our work with government and students in developing a funding model that will ensure the high-quality education that Albertans expect and deserve.”

“CAUS is encouraged to see tuition frozen for another year while consultation on changes to the post-secondary system is carried out,” added Dexter Bruneau, chairman of the Council of Alberta University Students.

The government says an estimated 250,000 full- and part-time students and apprentices will save a total of about $16 million a year through the freeze.