Western Undergraduate Exchange

Alaska is one of 12 participating western states in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. The following participate in WUE: Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Mariana Islands, Guam and Wyoming. In addition, Washington, Arizona and California are treated like WUE states by Board of Regents policy. Residents of the 14 states and Guam and the Mariana Islands listed above pay at 150% of the in-state credit hour rate. WUE students remain as WUE and are not eligible for Alaska residency tuition rates.

To be admitted as a WUE student, an eligible applicant must attach a WUE request form to his or her application for admission requesting to be admitted under the WUE program. Programs available to WUE students on a space-available basis:

UAS Programs

Associate of Arts
Associate of Applied Sciences

Business Administration
Construction Technology
Fisheries Technology
Health Information Management
Health Science
Power Technology

Associate of Science
Bachelor of Art in Biology
Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Art in English
Bachelor of Art in Geography and Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Art in Social Science
Bachelor of Art in Special Education

Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Resources
Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE):  Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Estimated Expenses


Based on 15 credit hours/semester

  Living at home with parents without dependents Living in on-campus housing without dependents Living away from parents without dependents OR with dependents in ANY housing
Books & Supplies$1,400$1,400$1,400
Student/Course Fees$2,080$2,080$2,080
Tuition1 $9,5401 $9,5401 $9,540
Total Costs$21,192$24,6672 $27,605

Western Undergraduate Exchange program: residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Wyoming and are eligible to pay the resident tuition rate plus $96/credit at UAS if they apply and are accepted for admission under the WUE program.


The budget allowance for undergraduate tuition is based on an average cost of $318/credit.  The allowance may be increased if the total tuition charge exceeds this allowance. 


An independent student’s budget may be increased by the cost of school related child care. 

NOTE: Please contact the Financial Aid Office for an explanation of the assumptions made in determining these Cost of Attendance budgets.