'Come Home to Alaska' program extended

by Michelle Saport  |   

The University of Alaska has extended the Come Home to Alaska program for three years. This program, which began in the summer of 2014, is aimed at enticing Lower 48 students with family ties in Alaska to head north.

Since its inception, UAA-Anchorage has enrolled 184 students under the program. Of those, 46 percent were undergraduate transfers from outside Alaska and 27 percent were first-time freshmen. Sixty-eight percent entered to baccalaureate-level programs, with all program levels from certificate to graduate represented.

Come Home to Alaska waives the nonresident surcharge for students with parents or grandparents currently living in the state. This means a substantial savings to an out-of-state student-more than $13,000 for 30 undergraduate credits a year.

"The idea is to incentivize potential students with ties to Alaska who are living outside the state to come back home. Resident UA tuition is incredibly affordable compared to tuition at most other public colleges and universities in the Lower 48," Associate Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Saichi Oba said. "Our campuses offer exciting, hands-on, quality programs in the most spectacular state in the country-Alaska. Adventurous souls who come north, jump in and embrace all that UA has to offer will have an amazing experience."

To learn more about the program, contact UAA Enrollment Services at (907) 786-1480 or enroll@uaa.alaska.edu.

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