Keeping UAA affordable and accessible

by Green & Gold News  |   

Dear UAA Community,

Last week, I attended the University of Alaska Board of Regents meeting with the UAA leadership team to advocate for a second consecutive UAA tuition freeze so education costs do not limit student access to our university. 

The continued freeze in tuition rates would begin in fall 2023 and run through summer 2024. The board will consider this recommendation, and I expect the regents to share their decision before the end of the year.

At your UAA leadership team's request, the board’s newly proposed revised tuition policy includes considering students’ ability to pay tuition and the education-related debt many students carry. I am thankful the board included this suggestion, as ensuring UAA remains accessible is one of my top priorities as chancellor.

A temporary tuition freeze is only one way we’re fighting to keep UAA affordable. We have also increased opportunities for financial aid and reduced parking fees by 25%, among other efforts. We will continue to look for more opportunities to help offset the cost of higher education and support our students’ education journeys.

The proposed board revisions to the tuition policy are online for your review and comments. Please take a moment to read them over and share your thoughts with the board.

As always, thank you for being a part of the UAA community. 

Go Seawolves!
Sean Parnell
UAA Chancellor
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