Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Alaska Anchorage tuition is $5,352 per year for in-state residents. This is 1% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 39% cheaper than the average Alaska tuition of $11,644 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 3rd in Alaska amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 4th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $17,664 which represents a 230% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,338 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,690.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,962 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Anchorage should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,608.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $6,838 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $7,565 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Alaska residents to go to UAA is $27,098 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Alaska residence can expect a one year cost of $39,410.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for University of Alaska Anchorage and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Alaska Anchorage
Estimated Budgets
Alaska Resident Total Budget $27,098
   In-State Tuition$5,352
   Other Fees$1,338
   Room and Board$11,962
   On-Campus Other Budget$6,838
   Books and Supplies$1,608
Non-Resident Total Budget $39,410
   Out-of-State Tuition$17,664
   Other Fees$1,338
   Room and Board$11,962
   On-Campus Other Budget$6,838
   Books and Supplies$1,608


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $27,098 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported UAA net price for in-state students is $7,715* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

73% of University of Alaska Anchorage students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,660. 35 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,103. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Alaska Anchorage, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Alaska Anchorage
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,715*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid73%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,660
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants35%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,103

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$6,723
$30,001 to $48,000$7,833
$48,001 to $75,000$10,343
$75,001 to $110,000$11,363

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,098 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,098. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $5,660

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Alaska Anchorage or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,232

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 46% -  $9,368

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UAA is $108,392 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $9,755 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $39,020**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $135,490 or $48,775 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Alaska Anchorage.

Alaska Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,676
Alaska Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,549
Non-Alaska Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,832
Non-Alaska Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,705

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Alaska Anchorage are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Alaska Anchorage
Price per credit hour for Alaska residents$223
Cost for one class for Alaska residents (3 credit hours)$669
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$736
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,208
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,944


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 31% of University of Alaska Anchorage students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,232. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $30,363.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Alaska Anchorage? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $39,020, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $48,414.87. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Alaska Anchorage. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 73% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,755. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Alaska Anchorage student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Alaska Anchorage Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$403.46
Amount Borrowed$39,020.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,394.87
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$48,414.87

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UAA? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Alaska Anchorage, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $48,414.87 would be needed to afford a $403.46 monthly payment in the example $39,020.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Alaska Anchorage in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,950 to $5,352. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.6%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $108,392.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Alaska Anchorage.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$37,266$149,064
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$47,562$190,248
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $60,703$242,810
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $70,271$281,083

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Alaska Anchorage to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 183 78% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 94 3% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 87 95% costlier
Air Traffic Controller Associate's Degree 58 68% costlier
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 50 106% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 42 3% cheaper
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree 41 119% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 36 4% cheaper
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 36 66% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 36 94% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 34 95% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 34 6% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 31 7% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 30 1% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 30 2% costlier
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other Bachelor's Degree 28 20% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 28 8% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 27 2% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 25 11% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 24 93% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 24 2% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 23 5% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 22 102% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 21 91% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 19 81% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 19 13% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 18 1% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 17 4% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Bachelor's Degree 17 9% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 15 4% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 13 101% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 13 13% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 12 7% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 12 12% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 12 5% cheaper
Fire Protection, Other Associate's Degree 12 82% costlier
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 145% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 11 14% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 10 105% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 10 9% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 10% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 9 10% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 9 100% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree 9 90% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 7 13% cheaper
Instrumentation Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 133% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 124% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 7 116% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 116% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 5 109% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 5 5% cheaper
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 5 99% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 4 82% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 4 87% costlier
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations Associate's Degree 4 85% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 4% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 3 113% costlier
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 95% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 3 91% costlier
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 92% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 2 82% costlier
Design and Applied Arts, Other Associate's Degree 1 89% costlier
Public Health, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Construction Management Associate's Degree 1 103% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Associate's Degree 1 120% costlier
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 92% costlier


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About University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Alaska Anchorage is a four year public college located in Anchorage, Alaska.  Full time enrollment is 7,268 and part time is 9,050.  University of Alaska Anchorage has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about University of Alaska Anchorage at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Alaska Anchorage is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of Alaska Anchorage cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=102553 IPEDS survey data.