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Learn About Cost of Attendance, Aid Types, and Planning Tools
How Much Does It Cost To Attend College?
Choosing to earn a college degree is a big step and there are many factors to consider before enrolling in classes. Financial aid is money to help you pay for college. It can come from federal, state, private, and college funding sources. Use the tools provided below to help you make informed decisions about colleges, degree/certificate programs, and student loans.
How Much Does it Cost to Attend UAA?
"Cost of Attendance" (COA) is the estimated cost of completing a full year at UAA. The COA is also referred to as a "Budget" for financial aid purposes. Your Cost of Attendance is not only what you will pay to go to college, it is an estimate of how much you can expect to need to help pay for college and living expenses throughout the nine (9) month academic year (fall and spring semesters).
Costs vary by degree level (undergraduate/graduate) and are based on average cost for tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing and food, transportation, and personal expenses. It is an estimate only, as each student's expenses will depend on many variables, including living arrangements. Students whose actual expenses exceed their estimates can submit a Cost of Attendance/Budget Adjustment found on our Financial Aid Forms page.
NOTE: The College of Engineering and College of Business and Public Policy assesses a tuition surcharge for upper-division and graduate coursework.
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) are reduced tuition programs for western-region out-of-state students. Learn more about WUE and WRGP.
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- Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn More About the Different Types of Aid
There are three main types of programs available to help families afford college. "Free" Aid, "Aid You Pay Back", and "Aid You Earn". Once initial eligibility is determined, students must follow specific program rules in order to maintain eligibility and continue to receive funding.
Completing a FAFSA every year as early as it opens (Oct. 1st) is critical. UAA takes it from there! Students new to the University of Alaska are provided with an award offer as early as December, and continuing students who are enrolled in classes will receive their award offer in May, once the spring semester ends. If you would like to learn more about some of the awards you may see added by UAA onto your UAOnline award offers, review the program specific links below.
Use College Comparison Tools to Review College Costs
- Review Your Actual College Financing PlanThe College Financing Plan report is available to students who complete the FAFSA and have applied into a degree program with UAA or one of our community campuses. Created by the U.S. Dept. of Education, it provides clear, concise information on cost, financial aid, retention and graduation, as well as average debt information per career, and can help you to compare cost and aid offers for schools you are considering. Access your UAA College Financing Plan by logging into UAOnline > Financial Aid > UAA > College Financing Plan
- Review An Estimate of Your Federal Aid using the Net Price CalculatorThe Net Price Calculator will provide an estimate of your expected family contribution and estimated financial aid based on details such as your family income tax, earnings, household size, and costs for the current academic year at UAA. The more accurate information you provide, the more accurate the estimated resources. Please be sure to complete the entire process to ensure the best possible results.
- Use the U.S. College Scorecard to Compare CollegeCompare information on cost, retention rates, and other critical data on U.S. colleges, created and hosted by the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the College Scorecard for more information.