Resident and Non-Resident Tuition

Students who qualify for resident status should file an application for residency for the term they plan to attend, with required documentation at the appropriate university office prior to the published end of the add/drop period for regular semester-length courses.

The following is a summary of the Board of Regents policy to determine whether you are eligible for resident tuition. Students eligible for Alaska resident tuition must be United States citizens or eligible non-citizens and include those who:

  • Received or have been qualified to receive an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend within the last 12 months.
  • Have graduated in the last 12 months from a qualified Alaska high school.
  • Have been physically present in Alaska for the past two years.
  • Are active-duty military personnel or members of the National Guard, or their spouses or dependent children.
  • Are students from foreign cities and provinces that have established sister city or sister province relationships with the state of Alaska or Alaska municipalities, and have been approved by the president.
  • Are participants in the UA Scholars program.
  • Are participants in the University of Alaska College Savings Plan program who meet eligibility criteria as established by the Education Trust of Alaska.
  • Are dependent children of a person who holds an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree from the University of Alaska.
  • Are dependent children of an Alaska resident, as evidenced by the most current federal income tax return filed within the past 16 months.
  • Are participating in the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) or Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP).
  • Are enrolled in four or fewer credit hours within the UA system.
  • United States veterans eligible for a Veterans Administration education benefit, and their spouse and dependent children. 
  • Come Home to Alaska; the University of Alaska is offering the resident tuition rate to any student whose parent, grandparent, or great grandparent is a current Alaska resident.  To receive this special tuition rate students must move to and reside in Alaska. Students may receive this tuition rate until completion of the program as long as they remain continuously enrolled at UAS.

Students will be considered “non-resident” if, within two years prior to applying for residency, they:

  • were absent from Alaska for an aggregate of more than 120 days for other than documented absences due to illness or attendance at another educational institution while maintaining Alaska residency
  • committed any act inconsistent with Alaska residency, such as claiming residency in another state or voting as a resident of another state;
  • were claimed as dependent children of a non-resident of Alaska for federal income tax purposes during the most recent tax year.
  • registered as or paid resident tuition at an educational institution in another state; or
  • paid tuition at the University of Alaska at the Western Undergraduate Exchange program rate.
  • students having non-immigrant visa status are not eligible for Alaska residency.

To prove physical presence, students must provide documentation of one of the following:

  • student moved household goods to Alaska at least two years ago;
  • student’s lease, rental or ownership of real property in Alaska for at least the prior two years;
  • student’s permanent employment in Alaska for at least the prior two years; or
  • other documentation of Alaska residency for the two prior years deemed satisfactory by the UAS Office of Admissions.

Students applying for resident tuition assessment must file a residency form with the UAS Registrar before the published end of the add/drop period for regular semester-length courses for the semester for which residency is sought. Failure to file and provide adequate proof of physical presence by this date will waive any claim that the student was eligible for resident tuition assessment for that semester or prior semesters unless otherwise determined by the UAS Registrar or UAS Petition committee.

Residency criteria, as paraphrased above, are determined by UA Board of Regents residency policy and regulations found at Chapter 05.10. Tuition and Student Fees. For more information and applications, students should contact the UAS Registrar's Office.

UAS Academic Year 2021-2022 Tuition Schedule

Resident Tuition

Credit Hours Lower Division (000-299) Upper Division (300-499) Graduate (600-699)
1 $234 $282 $513
2 468 564 1026
3 702 846 1,539
4 936 1,128 2,052
5 1,170 1,410 2,565
6 1,404 1,692 3,078
7 1,638 1,974 3,591
8 1,872 2,256 4,104
9 2,106 2,538 4,617
10 2,340 2,820 5,130
11 2,574 3,102 5,643
12 2,808 3,384 6,156
13 3,042 3,666 6,669
14 3,276 3,948 7,182
15 3,510 4,230 7,695

Additional credits are assessed at $234 per credit for lower division, $282 for upper division, and $513 for graduate credits.  WGRP tuition is assessed at the resident rate.  WUE student tuition is assessed at 150% of residential tuition.  Tuition Schedule is subject to change.

Note: Audited credits are charged at the same rate as other credits.

Non-Resident Tuition

Credit Hours Lower Division (000-299) Upper Division (300-499) Graduate (600-699)
1 $234 $282 $513
2 468 564 1,026
3 702 846 1,539
4 936 1,128 2,052
5 4,000 4,240 5,395
6 4,800 5,088 6,474
7 5,600 5,936 7,553
8 6,400 6,784 8,632
9 7,200 7,632 9,711
10 8,000 8,480 10,790
11 8,800 9,328 11,869
12 9,600 10,176 12,948
13 10,400 11,024 14,027
14 11,200 11,872 15,106
15 12,000 12,720 16,185

Additional credits for non-residents are assessed at $800 per credit for lower division, $848 for upper division, and $1,079 for graduate credits.  Non-residents may take up to 4 credits per semester at the resident rate:  however, additional credits may cause all credits, including the first four, to be reassessed at the non-resident rate.