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
Housing  $9,166  $4,900** $3,400**
Food/Meal Plan $2,590 $5,100*** $5,100***
Total  $32,898  $17,014  $15,514
Cost difference for living on-campus

-$15,884 -$17,384

*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. 

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