The University of Alberta is developing a new tuition model for international students. The model will be in place for international students who enroll in new programs starting in Fall 2020. The new program-based tuition model will allow international students to know the total tuition cost of their program at the time of their admission to the University of Alberta.
The following table highlights how tuition is calculated for current domestic and international students and those registering for the 2020-2021 academic year.
||2019/2020 Tuition Notes
||2020/2021 Tuition Notes
||No change to the tuition rate
||Can increase by no more than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as calculated by the Government of Alberta
|Current International Students (2019/2020)
||In 2019, tuition for international students increased by 2.77%.
Anticipate increases based on academic cost drivers (typically 2-3%)
|Incoming International Students (2020/2021)
||Guaranteed tuition for typical length of program:
● 4 years + 1 (undergrad)
● 4 years (thesis-based masters)
● 6 years (PhD)
Why is international student tuition changing?
In November 2018, the provincial government passed Bill 19, An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education. Student associations from across the province, including the University of Alberta Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association took part in the government’s consultation process, to ensure that the new legislation would best serve the interests of students.
The University of Alberta’s proposed program-based tuition model is intended to provide international students with the financial predictability that they’ve asked for in recent years. This model will continue to allow international students to apply for their student visas and funding opportunities, and will allow them to make an informed decision when selecting their post-secondary school.
What does this mean?
While the frequently asked questions below should explain some of the high-level details, it may be helpful to note the models being used to calculate tuition:
- Registration-based model: tuition fees are assessed based on the courses that a student is registered in.
- Program-based model: tuition is assessed based on an annual and total program tuition guarantee.
In an effort to ensure U of A faculty and staff are well informed on these changes and their impact, we will be hosting information sessions in August and will continue to update this page as additional details are finalized and the new tuition model is implemented.