AUSU Update

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Take our Poll About AU Tuition Increases

Tuition is likely to increase at Athabasca University next year, despite strong opposition by AUSU at meetings with the university and at the Board of Governors throughout the fall and into the new year.

The Government of Alberta changed the rules last year to allow for three years of tuition increases at 7% each year. Since AU is an Alberta institution, this impacts all AU students. At the same time, they also drastically cut university funding at Alberta universities, including Athabasca University, starting in 2019 with additional cuts being planned for 2021. The Government of Alberta has called on all institutions to look to tuition to help cover that gap in funding, while at the same time has also increased interest rates on student loans, cut tuition tax credits, and cut student job programs.

Athabasca University will likely decide in January how much to increase tuition for September 2021. We are worried the institution will seek the maximum increase of 7%. Every step along the way, AUSU has argued against the need for an increase and emphasized the impact of such an increase on our members, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. AUSU has also advocated to the Government of Alberta to take another look at budgetary decisions that led to the increases and will be engaging in ongoing advocacy on this topic.

Help us advocate for you by taking our quick poll about how a tuition increase would impact you.

Find out more online here.

Upcoming AUSUnights Events!

Our next AUSUnightws Virtual Student Social is coming up on January 14!

AUSUnights are a great opportunity to connect with AU fellow students through Zoom, play some fun trivia games, and get a chance to win some prizes and swag from your Students’ Union! Events are now being held on the second Thursday of every month!

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, January 14, 2020 at 5:00 MT (7:00pm ET)
  • Thursday, February 11, 2020 at 5:00 MT (7:00 pm ET)
  • Thursday, March 11, 2020 at 5:00 MT (7:00pm ET)

RSVP to for an invite!

New AUSU 2SLGBTQIA+ Resources

In the spirit of inclusivity and support for our unique membership, AUSU has launched a new Discord Server for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community at Athabasca University!

The AUSU 2SLGBTQIA+ Discord Server was developed to celebrate and support sexual and gender diversity at AU. It is intended to be a safe space for the community to find support, make friends, and chat about their experiences. All allies, supporters, and friends are encouraged to join as well.

Join our community and stay tuned for upcoming announcements, events, and resources!

Find out more on the AUSU website here.

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