Costs and Financial Aid

Alaska is an exceptional and affordable choice for higher education while remaining the ninth cheapest state to attend college*. The University of Alaska Anchorage places an emphasis on affordability. Along with keeping costs low, Financial Aid provides assistance in covering the cost of higher education.

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Tuition (2018-19)

Tuition is determined by:

  • the number of course credits
  • the level (e.g., 100-level, 200-level) of the course
  • the student's residency status

Students taking 4 or fewer credits are charged at the resident rate. There are many ways to get reduced or resident tuition. Students from certain western-region states may also be eligible for reduced tuition (WUE/WRGP).

For professional development course numbers, 500-599, tuition costs vary. Contact the academic department or refer to specific course listing on UAOnline.

Course Level Resident Nonresident WUE
Undergraduate lower division
(course numbers 050-299)
$212 per credit $751 per credit $318 per credit
Undergraduate upper division
(course numbers 300-499)
$256 per credit $795 per credit $384 per credit
Graduate
(course numbers 600-699)
$489 per credit $1,028 per credit $734 per credit

Tuition Surcharge

Certain colleges assess a tuition surcharge for certain courses.

  • The College of Engineering (COEng) has a tuition surcharge of $49 per credit hour for upper division courses, and $93 per credit hour for graduate courses.
  • The College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) has a tuition surcharge of $49 per credit hour for upper division courses, and $93 per credit hour for graduate courses. 

Fees

There are two types of enrollment based fees.

  • Mandatory student fees are charged to students based on credit load (how many credits they are taking).
  • Course fees are charged based on particular class types. For example, online courses have particular fees or lab classes may have individual lab fees to cover materials.

Mandatory Student Fees

Mandatory student fees are charged to all students registered in one or more credit-bearing courses held on the Anchorage campus. Fee charges are based on the total credits a student is registered for, once the on-campus requirement is met. 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. Students may elect to pay certain student fees for a specific program or service, if they have not already been charged.

Fall and Spring Mandatory Student Fees

  • Athletic/Rec

    $9 per credit for students registered in six or more credits; maximum charge of $108.
    Allocation: $5.40 Athletics. Free or reduced admission to students for home athletic events including parking and shuttle service to the Sullivan Arena 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.
  • Concert

    $10 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    Supports major concerts, comedy shows, and speakers.
  • ePortfolio

    $8 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    Software licensing, user training, and student support programs
  • Facilities

    $6 per credit for students registered in one or more credits, regardless of delivery mode; maximum charge of $90.
    Supports facility renovation and infrastructure renewal. Revenue remains at the university from which the fee is collected.
  • Green

    $3 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    Supports student-led funding initiatives to make UAA a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus.
  • Student Activities

    $4.50 per credit for students registered in six or more credits; maximum charge of $54.
    Supports Campus Kick-Off, Homecoming, and Winterfest events; Commuter Student Programs; the Student Union Gallery, and the Publicity Center; 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, the campus connection to clubs and organizations.
  • Student Government

    $1 per credit for students registered in three or more credits; maximum charge of $12.
    Supports Club Council; student advocacy for academic, student, and legislative affairs; USUAA activities; and operating expenses.
  • Student Health and Counseling

    $14 per credit for students registered in six or more credits; maximum charge of $168.
    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. Student Health and Counseling Center services are not available to students registered in fewer than six academic credits.
  • Student Media

    $11 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    $5.50 for KRUA 88.1 FM student radio station and $5.50 for The Northern Light student newspaper.
  • Technology

    $5 per credit for students registered in one or more credits; maximum charge of $60.
    Provides up-to-date equipment, software, maintenance, training, and support for students.
  • Transportation

    $13 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    Supports campus Seawolf Shuttle, U-Pass Program (People Mover & Valley Mover bus access), bicycle racks, carpool-match program, trail/sidewalk maintenance, and Call Team safety services.
  • UA Network Charge

    4% of tuition for students registered in one or more credits.
    Covers rapidly rising costs of the university-wide infrastructure. The network charge helps offset part of the cost for maintaining and enhancing the system network that connects all UA campuses to each other and to the Lower 48 and allows for Internet and research network access. Half of the fee goes to the UA statewide system for the operation of common networks and half remains at UAA to address local campus network and student access needs.

Summer Mandatory Student Fees

  • Athletic/Rec

    $22 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    Allows the use of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex facilities including the pool, ice rink, weight rooms and gymnasium during open program hours.
  • Facilities

    $6 per credit for students registered in one or more credits, regardless of delivery mode; maximum charge of $90.
    Supports facility renovation and infrastructure renewal. Revenue remains at the university from which the fee is collected.
  • Student Activities

    $12 flat fee for students registered in three 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 Programs and UAA Life website.
  • Student Government

    $1 per credit for students registered in three or more credits; maximum charge of $12.
    Student advocacy for academic, student, and legislative affairs; USUAA activities; and operating expenses.
  • Student Health and Counseling

    $63 flat fee for students registered in six 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. Student Health and Counseling services are generally not available to students registered in fewer than six academic credits. Students enrolled in spring and fall semesters but not enrolled in summer courses may contact the Student Health and Counseling Center and pay a $105 access fee for services.
  • Student Media

    $11 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    $5.50 for KRUA 88.1 FM student radio station and $5.50 for The Northern Light student newspaper.
  • Technology

    $5 per credit for students registered in one ore more credits; maximum charge of $60.
    Provides up-to-date equipment, software, maintenance, training and support for student use.
  • Transportation

    $13 flat fee for students registered in three or more credits.
    Supports campus Seawolf Shuttle, U-Pass Program (People Mover & Valley Mover bus access), bicycle racks, carpool-match program, trail/sidewalk maintenance, and Call Team safety services.
  • UA Network Charge

    4% of tuition for students registered in one or more credits.
    Covers rapidly rising costs of the university-wide infrastructure. The network charge helps offset part of the cost for maintaining and enhancing the system network that connects all UA campuses to each other and to the Lower 48 and allows for Internet and research network access. Half of the fee goes to the UA statewide system for the operation of common networks and half remains at UAA to address local campus network and student access needs.

Course Fees

Course fees vary by course 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 (section numbers starting with 2, 5 or 8 depending on the term).
  • 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 the class is dropped during the 100 percent refund period.
  • Network Charge: Four percent of tuition for academic year 2018-19. 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 do not apply to everyone.

  • Continuous Registration Fee (graduate students): The continuous registration fee is $466 for 2017-18.
  • 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 Registration Dates and Deadlines 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 Parking Services.

Refund

Refund policies including petition for refund information can be found in the UAA Catalog.

 

*Based on College Board rankings of public four-year institutions' in-state tuition rates.

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