How much does it cost to attend UAA?

"Cost of Attendance" is the estimated cost of completing a full year at UAA. The Cost of Attendance 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).

See detailed information on tuition and fee rates.

Stay on track: 30-credit Cost of Attendance

Some colleges and universities calculate a 24-credit cost of attendance (full-time by federal financial aid standards) which requires a minimum of five years to graduate. UAA emphasizes a cost of attendance at 30 credits for a year (15 per semester) for undergraduate students to give students a more realistic estimate of their costs to "stay on track" and graduate in four years.

2019/2020 Budgets

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

  • Is the Cost of Attendance the actual amount of money I have to pay to UAA for classes? (Direct vs. Indirect Costs)

    The Cost of Attendance is not the amount that you need to pay UAA.

    The Cost of Attendance is an ESTIMATE of your educational expenses for a given period of enrollment (typically an academic year). Your period of enrollment includes the semesters listed on your award letter. Your cost of attendance should not be confused with your Student Account Statement, or bill. Your cost of attendance includes both direct and indirect costs associated with your enrollment as a student.

    Direct Costs: These are mandatory charges you must pay directly to UAA . Direct costs includes tuition, student fees, and course fees. If you choose to live on campus, your on-campus housing and UAA meal plans are also considered direct costs. 

    We recommend checking your Student Account Statement regularly through UAOnline. Follow these menu steps to view your bill: Student Services & Account Information > Student Account > Account Detail for Term (Semester) / Pay Term Balance. 

    Indirect Costs: These are estimated costs incurred by you while you attend UAA, but not paid directly to UAA. Indirect costs include off-campus room and board, textbooks and supplies, loan fees paid to a lender, and transportation to/from class.

    Financial Aid funds received in excess of "direct costs" will be refunded to the student (and/or parent, if applicable) to help pay for indirect costs. You can consider creative ways to reduce these costs, like choosing to live with family/roommates, renting or borrowing textbooks, taking free public transport or biking. Check out our $avvy $eawolf Budgeting Resources webpage for additional ideas.

  • Why are there different tuition rates?

    Tuition rates are determined by the University of Alaska Board of Regents and are based on the following conditions:

    For additional details, please refer to the UAA Catalog - Academic Policies

  • How does the number of classes I take effect my cost of attendance?

    Your Cost of Attendance varies depending on many factors, including how many credits you're enrolled in each semester.  For example, if you enroll in 15 credits you'll have higher associated costs (fees,tuition, books, etc.) than a student that is enrolled in 6 credits.  When you receive your initial award letter, it will be generated using your estimated cost of attendance based on the number of credits you are enrolled in at the time we calculate your awards.  If you are not enrolled at the time we generate your award letter, we will estimate your awards based on full-time (12 credit) enrollment.

    After the fall semester add/drop period has passed we review all cost of attendance and awards for those students whose enrollment has changed  (ex: if you're enrolled in 9 credits at the time your award letter is generated and later enroll in an additional class, we'll increase your cost of attendance).  If you have reduced your enrollment since the time your award letter was generated, we are required to review any financial aid that you received for possible overawards and return funds to the respective programs. 

  • What should I do if I change my enrollment after I receive my financial aid?

    You must notify the Financial Aid Office if you add or drop classes after receiving a disbursement of financial aid money. Failure to notify our office, after disbursement, may result in repayment of financial aid that you are no longer eligible to receive.

  • Where do I find MY overall Cost of Attendance, so I know how much financial aid I can receive?
    For your student specific Cost of Attendance go to UAOnline; click on Financial Aid> Award> Award by Aid Year (select the appropriate year)> Award Overview.
  • How are Cost of Attendance budgets created?

    UAA's Cost of Attendance budgets are determined bi-annually, and are estimates using survey and local consumer price data. These figures represent the typical expenses incurred by students; however there may be special circumstances that warrant an evaluation of individual costs. For example, aviation students with expensive flight fees, or students that live with parents but must pay rent. Students may request an evaluation of their specific cost of attendance by completing a Cost of Attendance/Budget Adjustment Request Form.

    Important Note: Tuition and student fee charges per credit are available in the UAA Catalog, in the Academic Polices & Processes chapter. Tuition charges are identified by student type, i.e. undergraduate level, graduate, non-resident, professional development, and WUE.

  • Will I receive a tuition discount if I'm selected for either the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Western Regional Graduate Programs (WRGP) at UAA?

    Undergraduate Students who qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program pay 150% of the in-state tuition rate. 

    Graduate Students who qualify for the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) pay the in-state tuition rate on select participating programs.

    Please note: If you accept the WUE or the WRGP tuition waiver you cannot count the time you attend as a WUE student toward the time required for establishing Alaska residency.

     Western Region Non-Resident Students: To  apply for either WUE or WRGP status or to find out if your state participates in this tuition discount program with UAA, click the button provided below:

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  • What should I do if my ACTUAL expenses exceed the estimate UAA has provided on my financial aid award package?

    There are many reasons a student's actual expenses may exceed UAA's estimate. Students admitted in special programs, like aviation, welding or nursing may have to purchase fuel for flight time, special equipment or uniforms. In addition, some students receive free or reduced-price housing provided for them, like Residence Life room advisors (R.A.'s) and active-duty military personnel.

    To request an amendment to your COA, submit a Cost of Attendance/Budget Adjustment Request Form to the UAA Financial Aid Office for review.

    It's important to understand that increasing your Cost of Attendance does not automatically mean you'll qualify for more financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office to review your options.


UAA Net Price Calculator

The UAA Net Price Calculator is designed to estimate the cost of attendance and types of financial aid you might qualify for if you were a college freshman attending school full-time in the 2016-2017 Academic Year. The Net Price calculator is updated in January to reflect the previous completed years information. For example 2017-2018 data will be entered in January of 2019.

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