Alaska WWAMI Payback Obligation

Alaska MapThe education of all Alaska WWAMI medical students is subsidized by the State of Alaska via payments to the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

The State of Alaska views these subsidies as loans that are repayable once medical education is complete.  Loan repayment can be deferred during residency training.

Repayment can take two forms.  The loan can simply be repaid in regular payments, or it can be forgiven by medical practice in the State of Alaska.  For Alaska WWAMI medical students who entered medical school in the fall of 2007 or later, complete loan forgiveness requires three (3) years of medical practice in a rural setting in Alaska or five (5) years in an urban location in the state.

Details regarding the amounts of the obligation and its repayment can be found in WWAMI Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), a publication of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, which administers the loan repayment program.

Tara on a 4 WheelerFor more information, you may also visit the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) website.

Alaska WWAMI Tuition Information

Alaska WWAMI students pay tuition to the University of Alaska Anchorage for first-year courses, in an amount equal to University of Washington School of Medicine resident tuition. Although classified as non-residents at UWSoM for tuition purposes, Alaska WWAMI students pay resident tuition to UWSoM for years two through four, thanks to the State of Alaska's subsidization of the program.