University officials in Saskatchewan say they are seeing a surge in Alberta applicants for the upcoming school year.

The University of Saskatchewan is expecting 500 new students from Alberta this fall, up 10 per cent from last year, said recruitment manager Dan Seneker.

Many students and parents have told officials they are considering the Saskatoon university because of recent program suspensions at post-secondary institutions in Alberta, Seneker said.

"This is somewhat of a phenomenon. We don’t see this all the time," he said.

"And I think it’s kind of a perfect storm of changes that have happened to budgets, to different cuts, to policies, [and] enrolment figures that are happening in Alberta."


More than 300 students and faculty of Calgary's Mount Royal University gathered in April to protest cuts to post-secondary education. (Colleen Underwood/CBC)

The U of S has extended its application deadline for arts and science programs in order to accommodate the surging interest from Alberta students.

Alberta's post-secondary institutions had been expecting a two per cent increase in operating grants before the provincial budget came down earlier this year. Instead, officials are looking at $147 million worth of budget cuts and are suspending programs and cutting costs.