Tuition

Tuition is determined by:

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

Students taking 4 or fewer credits are charged at the resident rate.

Tuition for Academic Year 2014-15

Course Level Resident  Nonresident

Undergraduate lower division (course numbers 050-299)

$174 per credit hour

$618 per credit hour

Undergraduate upper division (course numbers 300-499)

$210 per credit hour

$654 per credit hour

Professional development (course numbers 500-599)

Tuition costs vary - contact the academic department or refer to specific course listing on UAOnline

Nonresident fees do not apply

Graduate (course numbers 600 - 699)

$403 per credit hour

$823 per credit hour

Resident and Nonresident Tuition

A person eligible for resident tuition is a person who, at the end of the add/drop period for semester-length courses, is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who has been physically present in Alaska for two years and who declares the intention to remain in Alaska indefinitely. The University of Alaska policy on resident and nonresident tuition may be referenced in the current University of Alaska Board of Regents' Policy and University Regulation, Chapter 05.10 Tuition and Student Fees, at www.alaska.edu/bor/policy-regulations.

The Application for Resident Tuition Assessment may be found at www.uaa.alaska.edu/futurestudents/residency.cfm.  The deadline for requesting residency and submitting all required documentation is before the add/drop deadline of the first semester in which residency is sought.

Nonresident students who restrict their registration to 4 or fewer credits each semester will be charged resident tuition. Nonresident students taking 5 or more credits are assessed nonresident fees on all academic credits.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

UAA welcomes senior citizens to its classrooms and waives tuition for those eligible under Board of Regents policy R05.10.080. To qualify, students must be age eligible to receive full Social Security retirement benefits. Individuals who were eligible for senior citizen tuition waivers on Sept. 21, 2005, under the previous policy, shall continue to be eligible for a waiver. The Student Government, Student Media and Student Activities fees are waived for senior citizens receiving a tuition waiver. Other course fees, such as an art class supply fee, are not waived.

Students should complete a Tuition Waiver Request, available at the University Center or www.alaska.edu/files/benefits/2013-Sr-tuition-waiver-form.pdf. Waiver forms should be completed and submitted, with proof of age eligibility, to the UAA Cashiering Office in the University Center.

Senior citizens using a tuition waiver can register on or after the first day of class and on a space-available basis. Waivers will not apply if the student has registered prior to the first day of class. 

Senior citizens electing to pay full tuition and fees may register before instruction begins; however use of a senior citizen tuition waiver will not be accepted. Senior citizens electing to pay tuition and fees are subject to all payment deadlines. Refunds will not be available to senior citizens who drop courses and then re-register in the same course using a tuition waiver.

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Fees

Mandatory Student Fees

Mandatory student fees are charged to all students (including secondary school students) registering in 3 or more credits for courses held on the Anchorage campus, based on the total registration once the 3-credit on-campus criteria 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.

For fall and spring semesters, students may elect to pay certain student fees if they are registered in 1 to 5 credits, or 200 or more contact hours, in one semester. The Student Life Fee for students registered in fewer than 6 credits is set as a fixed rate.

For summer semester, students may elect to pay certain student fees if they are registered in 1 to 2 credits in one semester. The Student Life Fee for students registered in fewer than 3 credits is set as a fixed rate. 

Contact the Issue Cage in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex for information about the Athletics/Sports Complex Fee; contact Student Activities in the Student Union regarding the Student Activity Fee. Student Health and Counseling Center services are not available to students registered in fewer than 6 academic credits.

Breakdown of Mandatory Student Fees (fall and spring semesters)

  • Green Fee: $3 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports student-led funding initiatives to make UAA a more sustainable and environmentally friendly campus.
  • Student Concert Board Fee: $10 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports major concerts, comedy shows and speakers.
  • Student Government Fee, USUAA: $1 per credit for students registered in 3 or more credits. Maximum charge $12. Supports Club Council; student advocacy for academic, student and legislative affairs; USUAA activities; legal services; and operating expenses. 
  • Student Life Fee: $20.50 per credit for students registered in 6 or more credits. Maximum charge $246. Allocation:
    • Athletics/Recreational Sports: $9 per credit. Allocation: athletics $5.40 for free or reduced admission to athletic events (www.goseawolves.com); recreational sports $3.60 for use of Wells Fargo Sports Complex, including pool, ice rink, weight room and gymnasium, and Alaska Airlines Center, including recreation weight room and auxiliary gym. 
    • Student Activities: $3.50 per credit. Supports Campus Kick-Off and homecoming events, the Publicity Center and the Student Union Gallery; free or reduced admission to musical events, comedy shows, featured lectures, multicultural events and other social programs. Also supports UAA Life website (www.uaa.alaska.edu/life), your campus connection to clubs and organizations. 
    • Student Health and Counseling Services: $8 per credit. No charge for routine physical exams, TB and HIV testing, or health education. Laboratory and pharmacy services available at a reduced cost. No charge for mental health counseling, wellness programs and services. (www.uaa.alaska.edu/studenthealth)
  • Student Media Fee: $11 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Allocation: KRUA 88.1 FM student radio station ($5.50); The Northern Light student newspaper ($5.50).
  • Student Transportation Fee: $13 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports campus shuttle service, U-Pass People Mover Program (citywide bus pass), bicycle racks, trail/sidewalk maintenance and Call Team walking escorts.
  • Technology Fee: $5 per credit for students registered in 1 or more credits. Maximum charge $60. Provides up-to-date equipment, software, maintenance, training and support for students.

Breakdown of Mandatory Student Fees (summer semester)

  • Student Government Fee: $1 per credit hour for students registered in 3 or more credits. Maximum charge $12. Allocation: student advocacy for academic, student and legislative affairs; USUAA activities; Board of Cultural Activities; Club Council; legal services; and operating expenses. 
  • Student Life Fee:
    • Recreational Sports: $22 for students enrolled in 3 or more credits. Use of Wells Fargo Sports Complex facilities, including pool, ice rink, weight room and gymnasium.
    • Student Activities: $12 for students enrolled in 3 or more credits. Supports Student Union Gallery, ice cream socials, the annual Juneteenth Celebration and other special summer events. Also supports the UAA Life website, www.uaa.alaska.edu/life, your campus connection to clubs and organizations.
    • Student Health and Counseling Services: $39 flat fee for students enrolled in 6 or more credits. No charge for routine physical exams, TB and HIV testing or health education. Laboratory and pharmacy services available at a reasonable cost. No charge for mental health counseling within the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC). Mental health counseling, wellness programs and services, and alcohol and other drug education may be provided at Student Affairs approved satellite locations at the Anchorage campus at no charge or at a reasonable price based on the cost of services provided. Students enrolled in spring and fall semesters but not enrolled in summer courses can contact SHCC and pay a $75 access fee for services.
  • Student Media Fee: $11 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Allocation: KRUA 88.1 FM student radio station ($5.50); The Northern Light student newspaper ($5.50).
  • Student Transportation Fee: $13 for students registered in 3 or more credits. Supports campus shuttle service, U-Pass People Mover Program (citywide bus pass), bicycle racks, trail/sidewalk maintenance and Call Team walking escorts.
  • Technology Fee: Mandatory $5 per credit hour for students registered in 1 or more credits, maximum charge $60. Provides up-to-date equipment, software, maintenance, training and support for student use. 

Course Fees

Course fees vary and are shown on the UAOnline detailed class information pages. To view fees for a given 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.
  • Distance Fee: A $38 distance fee is charged for each distance education class offered through Distance Education Services. Call 907-786-6177 for additional information about distance classes.
  • 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 you drop during the 100 percent refund period.
  • Network Charge: Two percent for academic year 2013-14 and 3 percent for academic year 2014-15. 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 ($168 for academic year 2013-2014 and $174 for 2014-15) 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 may not apply to everyone.

  • Continuous Registration Fee (graduate students): The continuous registration fee is $391 per semester for academic year 2013-14 and $403 for academic year 2014-15.
  • 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 Dates and Deadlines calendar at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/calendar.
  • Parking Fee: Fee paid to use parking lots on campus each semester. Students may buy parking decals at www.thepermitstore.com. For more information, call 907-786-1119 or visit the Parking Services site at www.uaa.alaska.edu/parking.

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Payment Process

All tuition, fees and other charges for the semester must be paid by the payment deadline or, if registering after the payment deadline, at the time of registration. Find payment and late fee assessment deadlines on the Dates and Deadlines calendar at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/calendar

There is no university-initiated drop for non-payment.

To view your electronic bill, log in to UAOnline and choose Student Services and Account Information, then Student Account, then Statement and Payment History. An electronic bill will be generated on the 15th of each month and made available via UAOnline. An e-mail reminder will be sent to your UAA-assigned e-mail address each time the bill is generated.

Please note: A paper bill will not be mailed.

Payment may be made in cash, by check, or VISA, MasterCard or Discover.

Students requiring a payment plan may contact Tuition Management Systems (TMS) at https://uaaalaska.afford.com or 1-800-722-4867. For additional tuition assistance options, see the Accounting Services site at www.uaa.alaska.edu/budfin/ar/payment-plan.cfm.

Tuition and fee charges may be audited, corrected and adjusted before the end of the current semester. Students are notified of adjustments by mail. The university reserves the right to change its tuition or fees at any time.

Consequences of Nonpayment

Students are held financially responsible for all courses for which they register. University policy requires a financial hold be placed on the accounts of students who fail to meet their financial obligations. The hold will prevent any registration, transcript or graduation activity.

Past due accounts will be sent to a collections agency. Interest, late fees and/or collection costs will be added to the account. Past due accounts may be reported to a local credit bureau. The university is authorized to garnish Alaska Permanent Fund dividends for payment of past due accounts.

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Refund Policies

Refund processing is automatic for students who officially drop courses by the semester deadlines, which can be found on the Dates and Deadlines calendar at www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/calendar.

Students are responsible for reading the academic calendar and being aware of the published refund deadlines for their particular classes. The date of official drop activity determines eligibility for a refund.

If there is a refund due to the student and tuition was paid by credit card, the credit card account will be credited. If tuition was paid by cash or check, a refund check will be mailed to the student's address of record. Refunds will not be issued for amounts of less than $5.

  • Canceled classes: If UAA cancels a class, a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees is automatically processed.
  • Drop/Withdrawal:
    • Full-semester length classes: A 100 percent refund of tuition and fees is automatically processed when official drop activity is completed before the published add/drop deadline. No refund is issued for a drop/withdrawal after the add/drop deadline for full-semester length classes.
    • Classes with irregular start or end dates: The 100 percent refund period ends at 5 p.m. seven days after the first published class day.
    • Noncredit, CEU and self-support classes: One hundred percent of tuition is refunded if the student officially drops at least two business days before the first class day. There is no refund after this time.

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Financial Aid

Applying for and receiving financial aid is a multistep process. For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit the financial aid checklist at www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/checklist.cfm. For more information on financial aid, call the Office of Student Information at 907-786-1480 or visit us at the University Center.

Financial aid is available to qualified students at UAA. Financial aid is any grant, scholarship, loan, tuition assistance or employment opportunity with the express purpose of assisting students with education-related expenses. Financial aid is available only to degree-seeking students enrolled in eligible programs. Not all certificates are eligible programs. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Financial aid funding comes primarily from four sources: the federal government, the state government, colleges and universities, and private organizations. Descriptions of the aid programs, eligibility requirements, application procedures and award amounts are outlined on the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid. Additional financial aid resources are available at www.studentaid.ed.gov and www.acpe.alaska.gov. Information about UAA scholarships is available at www.uaa.alaska.edu/scholarships.

Students who wish to be considered for assistance from most aid programs administered by UAA must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. The FAFSA should be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.

Students using VA Educational Benefits must submit an online request to be certified every semester. Please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/financialaid/Veterans/ for important information on policies and processes. 

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