Live and Learn in Alaska Initiative
The Department of Residence Life is thrilled to announce that students who live in the Anchorage campus’s residential community will pay the equivalent of in-state tuition for both online and in-person courses taught through UAA as part of the Live and Learn in Alaska initiative. That is a savings of up to $566 per credit with the added benefits that come with being a part of this academically-focused and supportive community set in the beauty of the State of Alaska.
This is just one more way students who choose to live on campus can save on the cost of college! This tuition assistance program is being offered in addition to the $2,000 annual General Housing Scholarship automatically being granted to all residents in the 2023-2024 academic year. UA Scholars and students in the University Honors College can save even more with the Academic Honors Housing Scholarship valued at $1,500 annually.
Annual Price Comparison Chart - 2023-2024 Academic Year
|Type of Charge||
Out-of-State Student Not Living on Campus
|Alaska Resident or Out-of-State Student Living on Campus||University Honors College Student or UA Scholar Living on Campus|
|Tuition and Fees*||$21,142||$7,014||$7,014|
|Cost difference for living on-campus
*Based on 24 undergraduate, lower division (100-200) credits, only applies to credits taught through UAA
**Based on the cost of a quad suite - private bedroom room type, including the $2000 per year General Housing Scholarship for the 2023-24 Academic Year
***Based on the cost of a residential meal plan
Students who are not residents of the state of Alaska will have their tuition bill adjusted by the Office of the Bursar once they have moved in to student housing. Students must meet all eligibility requirements for living on campus and have an active housing agreement on file with the Department of Residence Life. At this time, UAA does not offer family housing and cannot accommodate non-student spouses or dependents. For more information on how to apply for student housing or to learn more about student housing eligibility, please visit our How to Apply for Housing webpage.
International students and graduate students are eligible for participation in the initiative. Additionally, students who are currently paying the 150% of the residency tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program are eligible for participation in the initiative with no action required on their part.
The initiative is specific to UAA and therefore only applies to credits taught through UAA's Anchorage campus. While we pride ourselves on making courses taught through UAF and UAS available to our students in an effort to give students as many options as possible to fit their schedules, we do not have the authority to adjust the tuition rates of another institution. This also applies to partner programs with other universities. On the course registration page, the campus must be listed as Anchorage.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the steps outlined by the Office of Admissions necessary to establish residency status. Students with a residency status marked as "pending" should check UAOnline for more information or contact the Office of Admissions if they have any questions. Leaving your residency status unresolved could significantly impact your tuition rate should you move off campus in the future or the Live and Learn in Alaska benefit expires or is changed.
Adjustment of the Tuition Rate
Tuition rate adjustments will be applied for eligible participants in the fall, spring and summer semester. The student account of eligible residents will be reviewed by the Office of the Bursar once the resident has checked in to student housing at the beginning of the semester and may take up to two weeks to process. This means that residents who were initially charged a higher tuition rate will see that price reflected in their student account before the payment deadline
The Office of the Bursar will continue to review and adjust the tuition rates of residential students periodically throughout the semester to accommodate updates to residency status, as well as residents who move in later in the semester. Tuition rates will be considered final once the withdrawal deadline has passed each semester. Residents who move onto campus after the withdrawal deadline will not be eligible for a tuition reduction through the Live and Learn in Alaska initiative for that semester. Once adjusted, the resident's tuition rate will not be readjusted should a student move off campus. However, evidence of abuse of the initiative may be grounds for UAA to revoke a student’s eligibility to participate in future semesters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to submit a separate application to qualify for the initiative?
No! Students who are not residents of the state of Alaska will have their tuition bill adjusted by the Office of the Bursar once they have moved into student housing.
The semester has already started and my student account still shows the out-of-state
tuition rate. Is there an issue?
Eligibility determinations may last through the add/drop deadline. If the add/drop deadline for the semester has passed, you can contact the Office of the Bursar at 907-786-1440 to inquire about the status of the discount to your student account.
I already receive a tuition discount from WUE, but this is a better deal! Can I participate
in the Live and Learn in Alaska initiative instead of or in addition to WUE?
Yes! Students who are currently part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) are eligible to participate in the initiative with no additional action needed on their part. The student accounts of these residents will be reviewed by the Office of the Bursar and have their tuition rate reduced by an additional 50% if they are determined to be eligible for the initiative while maintaining their WUE status.
I live on campus at UAA, but I’m taking a few online classes through UAF. Will the
initiative reduce my tuition for all my classes?
Only credits offered through UAA's Anchorage campus are eligible for the tuition reduction. Within the University’s registration system, courses with Anchorage designated as the associated campus will have the corresponding tuition reduced while courses associated with other campuses will not.
- If my tuition rate is reduced by this initiative to the equivalent of in-state tuition,
do I still need to send documents to the Office of Admissions to determine residency
Yes! While we hope that all of our residents will remain on campus for the duration of their degree program, and there will be no changes to the benefits offered through this initiative, your tuition rate could be significantly higher if it remains “pending” and you move off campus or this initiative expires or is altered. Check UAOnline or contact the Office of Admissions if you need assistance completing the residency determination process.