Tuition and Fees

2021-2022 Tuition Summary

Undergraduate: Preparatory and Lower-division

(Course numbers A050–A299)

Resident (all campuses) $234 per credit hour
Nonresident1 (all campuses) $800 per credit hour

Undergraduate: Upper-division

(Course numbers A300–A499)

Resident (all campuses) $282 per credit hour
Nonresident1 (all campuses) $848 per credit hour

Professional Development

(Course numbers A500–A599)

Tuition costs vary; contact the department or refer to specific course listing on UAOnline. Nonresident fees do not apply.


(Course numbers A600–A699)

Resident $513 per credit hour
Nonresident1 $1,079 per credit hour

Resident Tuition Assessment

Board of Regents Policy P05.10.025

  1.  For the purpose of tuition assessment under this chapter, a resident is a person who, at the end of the add/drop period for regular semester-length courses, is a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen that has been physically present in Alaska for two years and who declares the intention to remain in Alaska indefinitely. "Eligible non-citizen" shall have the same meaning as that term is used in determining eligibility for federal student financial aid. Physical presence will be determined by criteria established in university regulation. Alternatively, a person who received or has been qualified by the State of Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Division to receive an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend within the last 12 months, certifies they have been in Alaska for the past 12 months, and declares their intent to remain in Alaska indefinitely or meets other resident tuition eligibility requirements specified in Regents' Policy will be eligible for resident tuition assessment. The university chief enrollment officer or designee will apply these rules to the facts in individual cases.
  2.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 1 above, a student will be ineligible for resident tuition purposes unless exempted by Regents' Policy 05.10.050 if:
    1. during the two years of claimed residency, the student was absent from Alaska for an aggregate of more than 120 days other than documented absences due to illness, or attendance at another educational institution while maintaining Alaska residency;
    2. during the prior two years, the student did any act inconsistent with Alaska residency such as claiming residency in another state or voting as a resident of another state, or currently retaining a driver’s license in another state;
    3. during the past two years, the student has registered as a resident in an educational institution in another state. If an institution does not distinguish between a resident and a non-resident, additional documentation will be required; or
    4. during the past two years, the student has paid tuition at the University of Alaska at the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program rate.

Nonresident Tuition Surcharge

Board of Regents Policy P05.10.050

Any person who does not qualify as an Alaska resident under regents' policy 05.10.025, or has not otherwise been exempted under this chapter will be assessed a nonresident tuition surcharge in addition to regular tuition. However, the following persons are exempted from nonresident tuition surcharges and treated as a resident for the purpose of tuition assessment if they are a U.S. citizen or an "eligible non-citizen":

  1. Active duty United States military and their spouse and dependent children;
  2. United States veterans eligible for a Veterans Administration education benefit, and their spouse and dependent children;
  3. Members of the National Guard and Reservists, their spouses and dependent children, regardless of whether they yet qualify as residents of the state under any other requirements;
  4. Dependent children of a person who graduated and holds an associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree from the University of Alaska;
  5. Dependent children of an Alaska resident as evidenced by the most current federal income tax return filed within the past 16 months;
  6. Students participating in the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP);
  7. Students enrolled for 4 or fewer credit hours within the UA system during a semester;
  8. Students from other states or provinces whose public universities waive nonresident tuition surcharges for Alaska residents, as may be approved by the university president; a list of participating states or universities shall be published in university regulation;
  9. Students from foreign cities and provinces that establish sister city or sister province relationships with the state of Alaska, or Alaska municipalities, and that have been approved by the president; a list of participating and approved communities shall be published in university regulation;
  10. Students designated by the UA Scholars Program as UA Scholars;
  11. Participants of the University of Alaska College Savings Plan who meet eligibility criteria as may be established by the Education Trust of Alaska;
  12. Spouse or dependent children of a University of Alaska employee; or
  13. Students who graduated within the past 12 months from a qualified Alaska high school. “Qualified Alaska high school” shall have the same meaning used to determine eligibility for the UA Scholars Program.

Tuition Surcharge

University Regulation R05.10.040 B provides that the president may establish special tuition or tuition surcharges in lieu of, or in addition to, regular tuition in order to provide special for-credit courses and programs or to meet special needs. In April 2016 a 20% surcharge was approved for the following programs:

UAA College of Business and Public Policy: 20% surcharge be applied to the base tuition for upper division undergraduate and graduate courses

UAA College of Engineering: 20% surcharge be applied to the base tuition for all undergraduate and graduate engineering and computer science courses

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

UAA participates in the WUE program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, certain students who are not Alaska residents may enroll in designated UAA programs. They pay resident tuition plus 50 percent of that amount (as well as other fees that are paid by all students). WUE students do not pay nonresident tuition.

Because UAA participates in WUE, residents of Alaska may enroll under the same terms in designated institutions and programs in other states.

Information about WUE programs at UAA may be obtained from Enrollment Services. Alaska residents may obtain information about WUE programs in other states from either of the following addresses:

Certifying Officer for Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
3030 Vintage Blvd.
Juneau, AK 99801

WICHE Student Exchange Program
3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301-2204
(303) 497-0210

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.B. Regular tuition shall be waived for Alaska residents who meet the following criteria: they must be age eligible to receive full (unreduced) social security retirement benefits and they must register on a space available basis. "Space available basis" means when courses can accommodate such students in addition to other enrolled students.

Follow three easy steps to complete registration:

  1. If you have not taken classes in the last two years, complete a Non-Degree Application for Admission at UAOnline
  2. Find the class or classes you want to take and write down class information, including the CRN number. Do not register before the first day of instruction of the semester.
  3. Submit Senior Tuition Waiver to the Office of the Bursar.

Please note these important facts about the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver (SCTW):

  • SCTW waives tuition only.
  • SCTW is only accepted for classes registered for on or after the first day of instruction of the semester and on a space-available basis.
  • SCTW does not apply if the student has registered prior to the first day of instruction.
  • Seniors are responsible for any student or course fees associated with the course(s).
  • Payment must be submitted by the payment deadline to avoid late fee(s).
  • SCTW forms are only accepted until the last day of class for the term in question; submissions past the term end date will be denied.
  • Waivers may be returned in person to the Office of the Bursar or by email to or by fax. Docusign (electronic signature) is now accepted: Senior Tuition Waiver.
  • For more information, including eligibility and restrictions, see Regents Policy 05.10.080.B.