Tuitions in Alberta, “Take a Hike”

Nicholas G.

For those who haven’t already heard, Canadian universities have started raising tuitions higher, and higher. Since 1990, tuition fees as well as spate fees (Compulsory), expect to have tripled by the year of 2017. To give an example, in the year 1990-1991, tuitions were $1,464 for students attending
University. In comparison, 2012-2013’s fees were valued at $6,348 per student. If that wasn’t enough, these fees are looking to rise even higher, to $7,437.   This exponential increase in tuition fees has University students paying much more money than they used to for their tuition. Currently, this coming fall, tuitions are looking to be $6,610 for students, according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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This rise in tuition price has come as close as our own University of Calgary, where they have asked the provincial government for their approval on increasing tuition by twenty-two percent for the school’s engineering, business, and law courses. The school is doing this by utilizing what is known as market modification. This is where schools’ tuitions hike (Increase), allowing them to keep up to different schools. Even though Alberta said that they would discontinue the use of this tactic in 2010, the U of C is now asking the province for tuition hikes using market modification for their three courses. This would be a two hundred and fifty dollar higher tuition for each one, raising the tuitions from $1,026 to $1,276.

Not surprisingly, not many people are enthused about the way this situation is advancing, and they don’t have to be students, either. One such person is Donna Gardin, Property Manager at Dream Offices Corp., who spoke about her thoughts on the issues of market modification and rising tuitions across Canada. “I think it’s going to make it considerably more difficult for young people to get an education, without having very high student loans,” she remarks. “so that worries me, given that I have a son that’s in grade 9 right now, so if they continue to grow up as they are, then it worries me about how we will be able to pay for his education.” She was also asked about her thoughts on market modifiers and how schools are using them, to which she responded; “I think any time you get into the market and don’t allow it to be based on a supply-and-demand and what the economy requires, I think that you run a risk of either falsely increasing or decreasing a tuition fee. I think it probably is to increase programs because we have to have enough programs and they have to be diverse enough so that the university can remain competitive, but I don’t think that should all be on the shoulders of the students. We need to be able to do it other than just using tuition fees, perhaps saving money in other areas, and not just tuition hikes.” Yet while these tuitions continue to rise, no matter what the reason, students will continue to suffer for it.

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