You’ve likely heard about the Provincial budget and upcoming cuts to post-secondary, but many students may not realize just how much they will be affected. Your SA is working hard to ensure students know what changes they should be ready for, including tuition increases, but we also want to hear from you!
Find out more about how the budget will affect post-secondary students and submit your thoughts to the Representation Executive Council.
Message from the SAMRU REC President regarding the provincial budget
Posted October 25, 2019
Dear SAMRU Membership,
On October 24, 2019, the Government of Alberta tabled the 2019/2020 Provincial Budget. The 2019-23 Fiscal Plan states that tuition fees are permitted to increase by up to seven percent per year for the next three years, those with student loans will now pay prime plus one percent on interest, tuition and education tax credits have been eliminated, post-secondary funding will see cuts, and the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) for students will be eliminated. Read more …
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 18, 2019
MRU student leaders asking government for financial aid to help with increased tuition costs
Calgary, AB November 18, 2019 — The SAMRU Representation Executive Council (REC) is sending the President and Vice-President Student Affairs to Edmonton today to support the University of Alberta Students Union (UASU) and Students Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) at their demonstration in response to the Government Alberta’s 2019-2020 Budget. By allowing for significant tuition increases, an increasing tax burden with the removal of tax credits, and an increase of the post-graduate debt by adding 1% to provincial student loans, the provincial budget presents many barriers to Albertans accessing post-secondary education in this province.
Just before the demonstration, President Breen and Vice-President Student Affairs Javed are meeting with the Minister of Advanced Education to bring SAMRU’s concerns directly to government decision-makers and to ask that the Government of Alberta commit to reforming student financial aid with a greater focus on non-repayable forms of aid.
Following the meeting, SAMRU will be participating in the demonstrations in order to share SAMRU member’s stories about how the budget will affect them. President Breen states “that it is important the Government understands how Albertans are impacted by the budget and how their lives will change as a result.”
SAMRU is committed to representing students and helping them succeed.