Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that there is a lot of information to know when it comes to your student account; that is why we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Do you have a question about UAA's credit card policies, when you can expect your financial aid refund, or release of information? We have answers for you!

General Student Account Questions

  • As a student, how do I grant access for a parent, guardian, spouse, or other party to make a payment on my account?

    Students may authorize a parent, spouse, or other persons assisting them with their educational goals to make online payments on their student account. Follow these steps to set up an authorized user:

    1. Log into UAOnline
    2. Select Student
    3. Select Student Account
    4. Select Pay My Bill or Set Up Direct Deposit for Refunds
    5. Select Make Payments or View an On Demand Schedule Bill
    6. Acknowledge any applicable Consents and Agreements
    7. Select Authorized Users

    Students may also complete an Authorization to Release Education Record Information Form. The individual authorized on this form can then make payments at the Cashiering Office. Student account information will not be shared with anyone but the student unless an authorization form is on file.

  • What is the UAA Office of the Bursar? 

    The UAA Office of the Bursar plays a crucial role in the university community by overseeing student billing and serving as the central hub for collecting all university receipts. Our commitment is to deliver top-notch service to both students and the university community with professionalism and courtesy. We uphold the highest standards of accuracy and compliance in the administration of student accounts, university receivables, and cash management, ensuring excellence in our responsibilities.

  • Can I print my Schedule Bill? 
    To access the On Demand Schedule Bill, access the payment portal in the same manner as making a payment or enrolling in a payment plan:

    1. Log into UAOnline
    2. Select Student
    3. Select Student Account
    4. Select Make Payments or View an On Demand Schedule Bill
    5. Acknowledge any applicable Consents and Agreements
    6. Select View on Demand Schedule Bill

    The On Demand Schedule Bill will download and/or print however it appears on the screen; the student can customize the level of detail downloaded/printed by expanding or closing the arrows for each category. On Demand Schedule Bill Example 

  • When is my payment due?

    Please see Important Dates and Deadlines for past and future payment deadlines and late fee assessment dates.   

    Important Note: If you register for a late-starting course prior to UAA's published payment deadline, payment is due by 5pm on the published payment deadline, even if the course has not yet begun. If you register for a late-starting course after UAA's published payment deadline, payment is due at the time of registration. Please review the UAA Catalog's Financial Obligations & Payment section for more information regarding payment for late-starting courses.

  • I submitted my Employee Tuition Waiver, but I don't see it on my account?

    Our office will begin to apply employee tuition waivers to student accounts about 2 weeks prior to the start of the current semester.
    All tuition waivers received before payment deadline of any semester will be processed by the deadline. Payment (including waiver submission) must be submitted by the payment deadline to avoid late fee(s)

  • What happens if I do not pay my balance in full by the payment deadline?

    If your account is unpaid after the payment deadline it will be subject to late fee assessment and your student account will be put on hold. You may be unable to view grades, and add or drop courses until your account has been paid in full. 

    Accounts with unpaid balances over 180 days old are in default and are therefore subject to placement with 3rd party collection agencies. Being sent to collections may have a negative impact on your credit and increase your repayment costs through collection fees. If you have a delinquent account, your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) may be garnished under Alaska Statute 14.40.251 and Alaska Statute 43.23.190.

  • How can I avoid late fees?

    The best way to avoid late fees is to have payment arrangements well before the payment deadline. We also recommend reviewing your account on payment deadline to ensure any late added charges are paid prior to 5pm.

    This means making sure all necessary paperwork is submitted to financial aid in a timely fashion, informing scholarship donors of the payment deadline or setting up a payment plan to cover any outstanding balance. 

  • What are my options if I do not have the money to pay my balance?

    Please visit our Payment Plan & Student Account Center webpage for information on available payment plans to assist you in paying your balance over monthly installments.

    You may also visit the UAA Office of Financial Aid for other aid options. 

  • How do I drop or withdraw from my course(s) if I have a hold on my account?

    Students with a hold on their account can still drop classes by:

    A 100 percent refund of tuition and fees is automatically processed when official drop activity is completed before the add/drop deadline. No refund is issued after the deadline.

    After the add/drop deadline, students may withdraw from classes up until the semester withdrawal deadline as long as no grade has been assigned for the class. Students may withdraw from full-semester classes using the drop procedures listed above.

  • How do I obtain a Wolfcard?
    Visit the WolfCard webpage for more information. 
  • Why am I being charged Non-Resident Tuition?

    Students who do not meet the requirements for Alaska residency are assessed non-resident tuition on all academic credits including self-support, except A500-A599 level credits. Additional information on UAA's tuition rates is available in the UAA Catalog and the Costs: Tuition & Fees webpage.

    I am an Alaska Resident, but am being charged as a Non-Resident

    The Office of Admissions likely does not have the documentation necessary to support your residency status; therefore, your residency status is Pending. Complete the University of Alaska Application for Resident Tuition Assessment, include any required documentation, and submit it to the Office of Admissions for review and processing. 

    Non-Resident Tuition Waivers for Fully Online Courses

    The Office of the Bursar begins processing Non-Resident Tuition Waivers for fully online courses approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester, and updates the waivers periodically as students add/drop classes. 

    Live & Learn in Alaska Initiative

    Through AY23-24, students who live in the Anchorage campus residential community will be charged the equivalent of resident tuition for both online and in-person courses taught through UAA's Anchorage campus as part of the Live and Learn in Alaska initiative. Non-Resident Tuition will be waived after students have moved into housing. More information on the Live & Learn in Alaska initiative is available on the Residence Life website.

    I am taking fewer than 4 credits

    Board of Regents Policy & Regulation concerning non-resident tuition assessment was revised in the fall of 2023. Beginning with the Spring 2024 semester, non-resident tuition applies to all credits.

  • Can I use my Federal financial aid (Title IV) to pay a balance from a prior year?
    Federal aid regulations allow the university to apply up to $200 of current aid year funds to a prior aid year balance. With written authorization, using the Title IV Authorization Form, the university may apply up to $200 of current aid year funds to non-registration related charges like parking permits, library fines, health center charges, etc. from a prior year. If you owe more than $200, please contact us to make payment arrangements. 

 

Student Account Refunds & Financial Aid Disbursements

  • When will my aid post to my student account? 
    At the beginning of each term, Financial Aid will begin to post 10 days before the start of the semester. 
  • How fast will I get my Refund? 
    Please allow 3-5 business days from the date your refund is processed for the funds to be deposited to your bank account. Checks may be received 7-10 business days after your refund is processed.
  • Where was my check mailed?
    Checks are mailed to the mailing address (MA) in your student account. You can view or update this address in UAOnline.
  • How do I know if I'm signed up for direct deposit? 

    You can view or change your direct deposit information at UAOnline:

    1. My Profile

    2. Go to Direct Deposit Services to create, view and update an existing direct deposit setup:

        • View your direct deposit setup
        • Change your direct deposit account
        • First time set up for direct deposit
    Please Note: Any changes to direct deposit become effective the following business day
  • Can I pick up my check? 

    Due to the high volume of refunds that are processed through our office, we do not allow students to pick up checks. In addition, not having a valid mailing address is not a valid reason to pick up a check. If you would like to receive your refund more quickly, please enroll in direct deposit as they take priority to printed checks. 

    If you are already signed up for direct deposit, canceling your direct deposit to have a check printed will not allow for a faster refund. 

  • I think my check got lost in the mail, what should I do? 

    If it has been more than 10 business days, you may request a Stop Pay and check reissue by contacting our office. An $18.50 fee applies to all Stop Pay requests. To avoid lost and returned checks, please enroll in direct deposit via UAOnline to have your refunds put directly into your bank account.  

  • How do I return loan money that has been disbursed to me?

    You can return loan money within 14 days of disbursement. Please file a loan revision request form with financial aid. Any refund received can be returned through the Cashier's office either by returning your uncashed check or by cash, or by personal check if you received direct deposit. Any balance resulting from a return of loan monies is due by the payment deadline. 

  • Why didn't my financial aid pay for my parking permit, library fines, book fines, orientation charges, late fees, or health center charges? 

    Federal student financial aid can only cover "institutional charges" as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. This definition includes current year charges for tuition, fees and on-campus room and board. Unless authorization is received, federal financial aid (Title IV) cannot be used to cover non-institutional charges such as: housing damages, parking permits, parking fines, library fine, returned check fees, health center charges, late fees or any charges not directly tied to taking a class. 

    You may submit a Title IV Authorization form to have these charges paid for by your federal financial aid. A maximum amount of $200 per aid year can be applied to a prior year debt. If you owe more than $200 in a past aid year, please contact the Office of the Bursar  to arrange payment.

  • My refund got sent to the wrong bank account, or the credit card I paid with is closed. What should I do?

    The Office of the Bursar is typically notified 5-7 business days after initiation of a direct deposit if it has been rejected. Rejection of a direct deposit will prompt a paper check to print. Please make sure your mailing address is up to date to receive the check as quickly as possible. 

    If you paid with credit/debit card, your refund will be credited back to your account. If that account is closed, your bank will re-route your refund to your new card or issue you a refund. Please contact your bank or credit card company for more information regarding the status of your refund. 

    UAA's refund policy is published in the UAA Catalog. 

  • What is Title IV?

    Title IV is the section of the Higher Education Act of 1965 that regulates the administration of the U.S. federal student financial aid programs. Title IV refers to federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, TEACH grants, Direct PLUS Loans, Pell Grants, SEOG and Federal Work-Study funding. For further assistance with this form of financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

  • I am expecting a private donor scholarship, how do I know when it has arrived to UAA?

    Once the check arrives to UAA, it will be logged into our paperless repository. The award will then funnel through the Financial Aid office, then to Cashiering for application to the student account.

    Due to the manual nature of these awards, processing time can take up to 10 business days from the arrival of the check to UAA.

    Because many scholarships have enrollment requirements, dropping or withdrawing from courses after a scholarship has been posted to your student account may result in the funds being returned to the donor, creating a balance due to UAA on your student account.

    To ensure timely payment, please refer to your donor's requirements. Advise your donors of the UAA instructions on our Student Sponsorship site.

  • I am sponsored by an outside UA entity, how will I know when the payment is posted for that sponsorship?

    Once UAA has received the proper authorization from the outside entity/agency, the charges that are authorized should clear off of your account. We process daily; during the high peak times, it may take 5-7 business days to see those charges paid on your account. Monitor your account on UAOnline.

    Tips:

    1. If you change your schedule after the original authorization was processed, please let our offices know so we can review and adjust your student account as needed.
    2. If the agency does not cover all the costs/charges on your student account, you will be responsible for paying the remaining amounts by the payment deadline or your account will be subject to late fees and holds preventing future registration.
    3. Authorization must be received prior to the payment deadline to avoid late fees.
  • I am Post 9/11 GI Bill recipient, how does it work?
    1. Start the process of certification by contacting Military and Veterans Student Services.
    2. Once the certification is made and after the add/drop deadline, the University will submit a payment request to the VA on your behalf. 
    3. Any fees or tuition above and beyond what the VA certifies is the students responsibility to pay by the UAA Payment Deadline.
    4. Generally speaking, your student account will be in a deferred state up to the amount covered by the VA. 

 

Paying Your Bill

Credit/Debit Cards

 

Web Checks (ACH)

 


 

Location

Eugene Short Hall, Suites 102 & 204
2601 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508 
 

Mailing Address

UAA Office of the Bursar
PO Box 141609
Anchorage, AK 99514
 

Call Center & Service Window Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 1pm-5pm