Tuition

Tuition is determined by:
  • the number of course credit hours,
  • the level (e.g., 100-level, 200-level) of the course, and
  • the student's residency status.

Students taking 4 or fewer credits are charged at the resident rate.

Tuition for Academic Year 2016-17

Course Level
ResidentNonresident
Undergraduate lower division (course numbers 050-299)
$192 per credit hour
$681 per credit hour
Undergraduate upper division (course numbers 300-499)
$232 per credit hour
$721 per credit hour
Professional development (course numbers 500-599)
Tuition costs vary - contact the academic department or refer to specific course listing on UAOnline
Nonresident fees do not apply
Graduate (course numbers 600-699)
$444 per credit hour
$907 per credit hour

Summer Semester 2016 Tuition & Fees Information can be found here.

Resident and Nonresident Tuition

A person eligible for resident tuition is a person who, at the end of the add/drop period for semester-length courses, is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who has been physically present in Alaska for two years and who declares the intention to remain in Alaska indefinitely. The University of Alaska policy on resident and nonresident tuition may be referenced in the current University of Alaska Board of Regents' Policy and University Regulation, Chapter 05.10 Tuition and Student Fees, at www.alaska.edu/bor/policy-regulations.

The Application for Resident Tuition Assessment may be found at www.uaa.alaska.edu/futurestudents/residency.cfm.  The deadline for requesting residency and submitting all required documentation is before the add/drop deadline of the first semester in which residency is sought.

Nonresident students who restrict their registration to 4 or fewer credits each semester will be charged resident tuition. Nonresident students taking 5 or more credits are assessed nonresident fees on all academic credits.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

UAA welcomes senior citizens to its classrooms and waives tuition for those eligible under Board of Regents policy R05.10.080.B. Regular tuition shall be waived for Alaska residents who meet the following criteria: they must be age eligible to receive full (unreduced) social security retirement benefits and they must register on a space available basis. "Space available basis" means when courses can accommodate such students in addition to other enrolled students.

Follow three easy steps to complete registration:
  1. If you have not taken classes in the last two years, complete an Non-Degree Application for Admission at UAOnline
  2. Find the class or classes you want to take and write down class information, including the CRN number. Do not register before the first day of the semester
  3. Submit Senior Tuition Waiver to the Cashiering Office in the University Center
Please note these important facts about the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver (SCTW):
  • SCTW waives tuition only.
  • SCTW is only accepted for classes registered for on or after the first day of the semester and on a space-available basis.
  • SCTW does not apply if the student has registered prior to the first day of semester.
  • Seniors are responsible for any student or course fees associated with the course(s).
  • Payment must be submitted by the payment deadline to avoid late fee(s).
  • SCTW forms are only accepted until the last day of class for the term in question; submissions past the term end date will be denied.
  • Waivers may be returned in person to the Cashier's office by email or fax. Docusign (electronic signature) is now accepted: Senior Tuition Waiver.
  • For more information, including eligibility and restrictions, see Regents Policy 05.10.080.B.

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Fees

Mandatory Student Fees

Mandatory student fees are charged to all students (including secondary school students) registering in 3 or more credits for courses held on the Anchorage campus, based on the total registration once the 3-credit on-campus criteria is met, with the exception of the Facilities and Technology fees, which are charged beginning at 1 credit. The Aviation Complex, King Career Center and University Center are considered on-campus facilities for purposes of fee assessment. Student fees are not refundable unless the student totally withdraws during the 100 percent refund period.

For fall and spring semesters, students may elect to pay certain student fees if they are registered in 1 to 5 credits, or 200 or more contact hours, in one semester. The Student Life Fee for students registered in fewer than 6 credits is set as a fixed rate.

For summer semester, students may elect to pay certain student fees if they are registered in 1 to 2 credits in one semester. The Student Life Fee for students registered in fewer than 3 credits is set as a fixed rate. 

Student Health and Counseling Center services are not available to students registered in fewer than 6 academic credits.

Breakdown of Mandatory Student Fees (fall and spring semesters)

  • e-Portfolio Fee: $8 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports software licensing, user training and student support programs.
  • Facilities Fee: $6 per credit hour for students enrolled in 1 to 15 credits regardless of class delivery mode. Supports facility renovation and infrastructure renewal.  Revenue remains at the university from which the fee is collected. 
  • Green Fee: $3 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports student-led funding initiatives to make UAA a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus.
  • Student Concert Board Fee: $10 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports major concerts, comedy shows and speakers.
  • Student Government Fee, USUAA: $1 per credit for students registered in 3 or more credits. Maximum charge $12. Supports Club Council; student advocacy for academic, student and legislative affairs; USUAA activities; and operating expenses. 
  • Student Life Fee: $27.50 per credit for students registered in 6 or more credits. Maximum charge $330. Allocation:
    • Athletics/Recreational Sports/Intramural: $9 per credit. Allocation: $5.40 Athletics. Free or reduced admission to students for home athletic events including parking and shuttle service to the Sullivan Arena (www.goseawolves.com) and to support sport team budgets and operation expenses; $3.60 for Recreational/Intramural (IM) Sports. To support student use of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, including pool, ice rink, fitness facilities, and gymnasium, and use of the Alaska Airlines Center recreational facilities and auxiliary gym. Supports IM Sports including volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, and other sports activities, and operation expenses. (www.uaa.alaska.edu/recreation/intramurals)
    • Student Activities: $4.50 per credit. Supports Campus Kick-Off, Homecoming and Winterfest events; Commuter Student Services and programs; the Publicity Center and Student Union Gallery; and free or reduced admission to musical events, poetry/open mic nights, comedy shows, featured lectures, multicultural events, and other social programs. Supports Student Union facility operations and UAA Life online system (www.uaa.alaska.edu/life), your campus connection to clubs and organizations. 
    • Student Health and Counseling Services: $14 per credit. There is no charge for routine physical exams, HIV testing, health education, mental health counseling, and wellness programs. Laboratory and pharmacy services available at greatly reduced costs. Alcohol and other drug education may be provided at Student Affairs-approved satellite locations at no charge or at a reasonable price based on the cost of services provided. (www.uaa.alaska.edu/studenthealth

  • Student Media Fee: $11 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Allocation: $5.50 for KRUA 88.1 FM student radio station and $5.50 for The Northern Light student newspaper.
  • Student Transportation Fee: $13 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports campus shuttle service, U-Pass People Mover Program (citywide bus pass), bicycle racks, trail/sidewalk maintenance and Call Team walking escorts.
  • Technology Fee: $5 per credit for students registered in 1 or more credits. Maximum charge $60. Provides up-to-date equipment, software, maintenance, training and support for students.

Breakdown of Mandatory Student Fees (summer semester)

  • Student Government Fee: $1 per credit for students registered in 3 or more credits. Maximum charge $12. Allocation: student advocacy for academic, student and legislative affairs; USUAA activities; Club Council support; legal services; and operating expenses. 
  • Student Life Fee:
    • Recreational Sports: $22 flat fee for students enrolled in 3 or more credits. The paid recreation fee allows the use of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex facilities including the pool, ice rink, weight rooms and gymnasium during open program hours.
    • Student Activities: $12 flat fee for students enrolled in 3 or more credits. Supports Student Union Gallery, ice cream socials, barbecues, the annual Juneteenth Celebration and other special summer events. Also supports the Commuter Student Services and UAA Life website, www.uaa.alaska.edu/life, your campus connection to clubs and organizations.
    • Student Health and Counseling Services: $63 flat fee for students enrolled in 6 or more credits. No charge for routine physical exams, HIV testing, health education, mental health counseling and wellness programs. Laboratory and pharmacy services available at greatly reduced costs. Alcohol and other drug education may be provided at Student Affairs-approved satellite locations. Students enrolled in spring and fall semesters but not enrolled in summer courses can contact SHCC and pay a $75 access fee for services. (www.uaa.alaska.edu/studenthealth)
  • Student Media Fee: $11 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Allocation: $5.50 for KRUA 88.1 FM student radio station and $5.50 for The Northern Light student newspaper.
  • Student Transportation Fee: $13 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports campus shuttle service, U-Pass People Mover Program (citywide bus pass), bicycle racks, trail/sidewalk maintenance and Call Team walking services.
  • Technology Fee: $5 per credit for students registered in 1 or more credits. Maximum charge $60. Provides up-to-date equipment, software, maintenance, training and support for student use. 

Course Fees

Course fees vary and are shown on the UAOnline detailed class information pages. To view fees for a specific class, go to the UAOnline Class Schedule Search and click on the class CRN.

  • Administrative Fee: An administrative fee may be charged instead of tuition.
  • eLearning Fee: $25 per credit is charged for each Anchorage campus distance course. Go to www.uaa.alaska.edu/elearning or call 907-786-6177 for additional information about distance classes.
  • Lab and Materials Fees: These additional charges cover the costs of lab supplies. Refer to the specific class listing on UAOnline for more information on lab and material fees. These fees are not refundable unless you drop during the 100 percent refund period.
  • Network Charge: Four percent of tuition for academic year 2015-16. Covers rapidly rising costs, especially in the maintenance and enhancement of university-wide technology infrastructure. This fee will be applied on a course-by-course basis to tuition, nonresident surcharges if applicable, and fees in lieu of tuition, for credit and noncredit courses. Courses with applicable fees charged in lieu of tuition less than the lower division credit hour tuition rate ($183 for 2015-16) will be exempt from the charge. All calculated fees will be rounded to the nearest dollar.
  • Special Fees: Special fees are assessed to pay for travel, equipment or facilities out of the ordinary.

Other Fees

The following fees are applicable in specific circumstances and may not apply to everyone.

  • Continuous Registration Fee (graduate students): The continuous registration fee is $444 for 2016-17.
  • Late Payment Fees: A $125 fee will be assessed on all accounts which are not paid by the payment deadline. An additional $175 fee will be assessed later in the semester on all accounts still outstanding. Students who pay for or drop their courses prior to the published payment deadline will not be assessed the fee. Find payment deadlines on the Dates and Deadlines calendar at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/calendar.
  • Parking Fee: Fee paid to use parking lots on campus each semester. Students may buy parking decals at uaa.thepermitstore.com. For more information, call 907-786-1119 or visit the Parking Services site at www.uaa.alaska.edu/parking.

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Payment Process

All tuition, fees and other charges for the semester must be paid by the payment deadline or, if registering after the payment deadline, at the time of registration. Find payment and late fee assessment deadlines on the Dates and Deadlines calendar.

To view your electronic bill, log in to UAOnline and choose Student Services and Account Information, then Student Account, then Statement and Payment History.

Important facts about your student account:
  • A paper bill will not be mailed.
  • An electronic bill will be generated on the 15th of each month and an email reminder will be sent to your UAA-assigned e-mail address. Additionally, the bill is available via UAOnline.
  • UAA does not initiate drop for non-payment.
  • Tuition and fee charges may be audited, corrected, and adjusted at any time. Students are notified of adjustments by e-mail. The university reserves the right to change its tuition or fees at any time.

4 ways to pay your bill:
  • Online at UAOnline or through the TMS Student Account Center. Payment by credit card includes a non-refundable service fee of 2.75% of the transaction amount or $3, whichever is greater. Web check (ACH) payments can be made on UAOnline or on the TMS Student Account Center and will not be assessed the service fee and will remain free.
  • Tuition Management Systems payment plans: https://uaaalaska.afford.com
  • Pay in person with check, money order, or cash at UAA Cashiering in the University Center.
  • Send a check or money order to UAA Cashiering, PO Box 141609, Anchorage, AK 99514-1609. Please be sure to include the student ID number of the account you would like credited.

Financial Obligations and Payment

UAA reserves the right to withhold final grades, transcripts or diplomas from students who have not fulfilled all their financial obligations to the institution. Permission to register or audit courses will be denied or a student's current registration may be canceled. Students are held financially responsible for all courses for which they register. Interest, late fees or collection costs will be added to a student's account. Past due accounts will be sent to a collection agency and reported to the credit bureau. The university is authorized to garnish Alaska Permanent Fund dividends for payment of past due accounts under Alaska Statutes 14.40.251 and 43.23.073. For questions about past due accounts, contact Collections in Accounts Receivable at uaa_collections@uaa.alaska.edu.

Unless a preferred e-mail is designated, UAA will use the UAA-assigned e-mail address to communicate with students on may important matters, including financial matters. Please refer to Student Services and Responsibilities for details. Students may add or update their preferred e-mail address in UAOnline.

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Refund Policies

Refund processing is automatic for students who officially drop courses by the semester deadlines, which can be found on the Dates and Deadlines calendar at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/calendar.

Students are responsible for reading the academic calendar and being aware of the published refund deadlines for their particular classes. The date of official drop activity determines eligibility for a refund. 

If tuition and fees are paid at any time in a semester by credit card, the credit card will be refunded (up to the amount paid) if a credit is later created on the account. This includes, but is not limited to, credits created by scholarships, federal aid, personal checks and tuition waivers. If tuition is paid by cash or check, a refund check will be mailed to the student's mailing address of record.

  • Canceled classes: If UAA cancels a class, a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees is automatically processed.
  • Drop/Withdrawal:
    • Full-semester length classes: A 100 percent refund of tuition and fees is automatically processed when official drop activity is completed before the published add/drop deadline. No refund is issued for a drop/withdrawal after the add/drop deadline for full-semester length classes.
    • Classes with irregular start or end dates: The 100 percent refund period ends at 5 p.m. seven days after the first published class day. Please note that the refund date is not the payment deadline; refer to the Dates and Deadlines calendar at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/calendar for all appropriate payment dates.
    • Noncredit, CEU and self-support classes: One hundred percent of tuition is refunded if the student officially drops at least two business days before the first class day. There is no refund after this time.

Students who drop or withdraw, or who are administratively dropped or withdrawn from courses as a result of university disciplinary action, forfeit all rights to any refund.

Petition for Refund

In the event of extenuating circumstances, a student or person with legal authority to act on behalf of a student, may petition for an exception to university policy on refunds of tuition and fees. Petitions are not automatically granted but will be considered in light of the criteria set forth below and the individual circumstances of the request. Being unaware of university procedures or deadlines does not constitute justification for refund. Refunds are rarely granted and only when extenuating circumstances are documented.

  • Only requests submitted by the student or by a person with legal authority to act on behalf of the student will be considered.
  • The deadline to submit a petition for refund is no later than one academic year following the semester in which the course was offered. Requests that are not received within this time frame will not be considered.
  • At the time a petition for refund is filed, the student must already have already withdrawn or received a failing or no basis grade. Refunds will not be considered for courses in which a student is still registered or for which a passing grade, incomplete, deferred or audit grade exists.
  • Decisions will be made solely on supporting documentation provided. In all cases a personal statement from the student is required summarizing the situation and explaining the need for an exception to the refund deadline.
  • A request will only be approved if the petitioner can demonstrate unanticipated and unavoidable circumstances beyond the student's control that arose or came to light after published deadlines. Work-related issues, financial hardship and failure to read UAA's documents generally do not present justifiable reasons to support a refund request.
  • Petitions for refund for self-support courses are generally not allowed an must have approval of the academic unit/department chair or director.
  • Mandatory student fees are not refundable unless a student drops all courses during the 100 percent refund period.
  • If the petition for refund is approved, refunds will be issued to the original funding source, e.g., credit card, financial aid, granting agency, lending agency, etc.
  • Petitions will be reviewed periodically and the number of petitions being reviewed will determine the time for response. All charges and late fees are considered true and correct and are therefore not suspended during the review process. The university reserves the right to move forward on all collection efforts during the review process.
  • Requests for reconsideration of an adverse decision must be in writing, provide additional documentation not presented in the original request and be received within 10 working days of the day the decision is mailed or otherwise distributed to the student.
  • Requests for adding courses after the add/drop deadline or requests to retroactively withdraw from courses must be applied for separately through Request for Late Add or Retroactive Withdrawal process.
  • Complaints about or dissatisfaction with academic courses, methods of course delivery or instructor performance are not considered under this process. Depending on the nature of the complaint, these matters are considered according to the Student Dispute/Complaint Resolution Process or the Academic Dispute Resolution Procedure, which can be found in the UAA Fact Finder/Student Handbook.

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Financial Aid

Applying for and receiving financial aid is a multistep process. For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit the financial aid checklist at www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/checklist.cfm. For more information on financial aid, call the Office of Student Information at 907-786-1480 or visit us at the University Center.

Financial aid is available to qualified students at UAA. Financial aid is any grant, scholarship, loan, tuition assistance or employment opportunity with the express purpose of assisting students with education-related expenses. Financial aid is available only to degree-seeking students enrolled in eligible programs. Not all certificates are eligible programs. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Financial aid funding comes primarily from four sources: the federal government, the state government, colleges and universities, and private organizations. Descriptions of the aid programs, eligibility requirements, application procedures and award amounts are outlined on the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid. Additional financial aid resources are available at www.studentaid.ed.gov and www.acpe.alaska.gov. Information about UAA scholarships is available at www.uaa.alaska.edu/scholarships.

Students who wish to be considered for assistance from most aid programs administered by UAA must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. The FAFSA should be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.

Cost of attendance budgets are prorated based on enrollment and must be adjusted after the add/drop census date each semester. This can result in reductions of already disbursed aid if enrollment has changed since original disbursement. Please see www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/cost-of-attendance.cfm for detailed guidance.

Students using VA Educational Benefits must submit an online request to be certified every semester. Please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/Veterans/ for important information on policies and processes. 

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