2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Tuition and Fees


Tuition is determined by the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled, the level of the courses and the student’s residency status. (See table below).

  • Undergraduate students are considered full time at 12 or more credits.
  • Graduate students are considered full time at 9 or more credits.
  • Students enrolled in no more than 4 credits per semester pay tuition at the resident rate.
2004–2005 Tuition schedule

100–200 level courses
300–400 level courses
500–level courses
600-level courses

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

Resident and Non-resident Tuition

Students eligible for Alaska resident tuition include:

  • Alaska residents as defined below.
  • members of the United States military on active duty (stationed in Alaska) and members of the Alaska National Guard, their spouses and dependent children,
  • residents of British Columbia, the Yukon, Northwest or Nunavut Territories,
  • students from other states or provinces whose public universities waive non-resident charges for Alaska residents and students from foreign cities and provinces that have partnerships with Alaska or specific Alaska communities (lists of approved programs are published online in University of Alaska Board of Regents regulations),
  • students participating in the UA Scholars Program, and
  • students participating in the University of Alaska College Savings Program who meet eligibility criteria as established by the Education Trust of Alaska.

For purposes of tuition assessment, a "resident” is any person who, prior to the published first day of instruction at his or her home campus:

  • has been physically present in Alaska for two years (apart from documented absences due to illness, vacations, attending another educational institution while maintaining Alaska residency, or other absences not exceeding a total of 120 days in the two-year period), and
  • declares the intention to remain in Alaska indefinitely.

A dependent child (one who is unmarried, younger than age 24, and financially dependent on his or her parent or guardian) will be considered a resident if he or she has a parent or guardian who qualifies as an Alaska resident as defined above. Dependent children of alumni who have received an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree from the University of Alaska also qualify for resident tuition.

A student will be considered non-resident if within two years prior to applying for residency he or she:

  • carried out any act inconsistent with Alaska residency,
  • was claimed as a dependent child of a non-resident of Alaska for federal income tax purposes during the most recent tax year, or
  • paid resident tuition at an educational institution in another state during the past two years.

Students having non-immigrant visa status are not eligible for Alaska residency.

A student who has initially registered as a non-resident may apply for resident status after residing in the state for one year under the university’s "bona fide resident” provision. Bona fide resident status can be based on either:

  • eligibility to receive the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend,

Or satisfying five of the following conditions:

  • voter registration in Alaska,
  • vehicle registration in Alaska for at least nine months,
  • motor vehicle operator’s license in Alaska for at least nine months,
  • evidence of one or more years of physical presence in Alaska within the past three years—you may not have enrolled in more than six credit hours at a college or university during the three-year time frame,
  • ownership of real property in Alaska,
  • active checking or saving accounts in Alaska, or
  • other evidence of residence deemed satisfactory by the university’s chief enrollment officer or designee.

Students who want to apply for resident status should file an application for residency with required documentation at the appropriate university office prior to the published first day of instruction at their home campus.

For additional information and applications, new students should contact the Office of Admissions; returning students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Fees Paid at Registration

  • Course Fees
    Not all courses have associated course fees, but some require materials fees. See the course description section of the catalog to check the fees for individual courses.

  • Health Center Fee
    The health center fee covers access to the Center for Health and Counseling and services including medical practitioner appointments, immunizations required by the university, four counseling sessions per year, voluntary alcohol screening, general health and mental health information, and crisis intervention.

    All Fairbanks campus students taking 9 or more credits, students living in university housing and students who purchase the student health insurance plan pay the $85 health center fee. Students taking 6–8 credits may pay the health center fee if they either purchase student health insurance or provide a waiver stating they have private health insurance. The health center fee may be waived if a student is not enrolled in any credit hours at the main campus or University Park, does not live in university housing, and is able to waive the student health insurance plan.

    A brochure describing health center services is available on the second floor of the Health, Safety and Security Building. For more information telephone (907) 474-7043 or visit online at www.uaf.edu/chc/.

  • Health Insurance Fee
    All Fairbanks campus students taking 9 or more credits, all students living in university housing, and all students who pay the health center fee must be covered by a health insurance plan. At the time of fee payment, students must request the student health insurance plan offered through the university and must have the premium added to their bill. Students who are covered by an alternate health insurance plan may waive the student health insurance plan. Those seeking this waiver must present a signed Health Insurance Waiver Form, with the name of their insurance carrier before the end of the designated fee payment time. Waiver forms are available at the Center for Health and Counseling and at fee payment locations. Students taking 6–8 credits may purchase the student health insurance plan if they also pay the health center fee.

    The student health insurance premium is approximately $305 per semester or $810 per year. The plan provides basic coverage for accidents and illnesses that are not pre-existing. Pre-existing conditions are covered after 12 months of continuous coverage. Annual coverage is recommended. Questions regarding the student health insurance plan can be directed to the insurance coordinator at the Center for Health and Counseling. Health insurance coverage for spouses and dependents is also available. Coverage and rates are subject to change on an annual basis.

    The international student health insurance plan provides the same benefits as the domestic plan, including coverage for medical evacuation or repatriation of remains. International students are required to purchase health insurance each year. The cost for F-1 and J-1 visa international student health insurance is approximately $810 for the year. Students seeking waivers must present evidence (in English) of equivalent coverage to the Office of International Programs. Waivers will not be granted unless requested in advance of the fee payment period. International students should contact the Office of International Programs upon arrival on the UAF campus. For information telephone (907) 474-5327.

  • Residential Fees
    To apply for housing on the Fairbanks campus, send $260 ($35 non-refundable processing fee, $225 refundable reservation/damage deposit) to the Department of Residence Life with your completed application. Applications are available online at www.uaf.edu/reslife/applications.html.

    Room rent and meal plan fees, along with all other fees, are due in full at registration (see Payment of Fees). When registering, residence hall students are required to purchase a meal plan for on-campus meals. Residents of the Cutler Apartment Complex, Wickersham Hall and graduate students living anywhere on campus are not required to purchase a meal plan. Students who do not live on campus but are interested in purchasing a meal plan can contact Dining Services at (907) 474-6661.

    In addition to the main campus, on-campus housing is available at the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel. For information about Residence Life at the Kuskokwim Campus, visit www.bethel.uaf.edu/housing/ or call (907) 543-4562. Information about Residence Life on the main campus is available by telephone at (907) 474-7247, e-mail at housing@uaf.edu, or online at www.uaf.edu/reslife/.

  • Parking Fee
    A UAF parking decal or permit is required to park at any UAF Fairbanks and Tanana Valley Campus facility, whether on or off campus. Student parking fees are $15 per semester for 1–3 credits; $35 per semester for 4–8 credits; and $68 per semester for 9 or more credits, and $124 for annual. There are two parking office locations: Eielson Building Room 111 and 950 Aurora Drive. For more information, telephone (907) 474-5465, e-mail fypark@uaf.edu, or visit online at www.uaf.edu/parking/.

  • Student Life Fee
    The $145 student life fee supports student activities, intramurals, recreation programs, student quality of life projects, the Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (ASUAF) student government, and use of the Student Recreation Center and its facilities. All Fairbanks area students (main campus and TVC) enrolled in 9 credits or more each semester pay the $145 student life fee. Students enrolled in 3-8 credits pay a reduced student life fee of $35, which does not include Student Recreation Center privileges. Students enrolled in 3-8 credits who want access to the Student Recreation Center and its facilities have the option to pay the full $145 student life fee that grants permission to use the SRC. Students enrolled in fewer than 3 credits, and students taking courses outside the Fairbanks area (main campus and TVC), are not required to pay the student life fee, nor are they eligible to use the SRC. Students taking fewer than 3 credits are considered "public” users of the SRC and fall under a different rate structure. Contact the SRC for more information.

    Anyone under 18, unless he or she is a full-time UAF student, must be accompanied by an adult to use the Student Recreation Center and its facilities. Contact the SRC for more information at (907) 474-6814.
  • Technology Fee
    All students pay the technology fee of $5 per credit hour (to a maximum of $60 per semester).

Review an at a glance chart of fees paid at registration.

Other Fees

  • Admission Processing Fee
    You must submit a processing fee with your application for admission.
    • Undergraduate admission fee $40
    • Graduate admission fee $50
  • Credit by Examination Fees
    Charges for credit by examination are $40 per credit hour.
  • Duplicate Copy Fee
    A $5 charge is assessed for replacing lost fee statement receipts. Duplicate fee statement receipts may be obtained at the business office.
  • Graduation Application Fee
    A non-refundable $20 graduation application fee must be paid at the time an application for graduation is filed. The fee is $30 if the application is filed after the published deadline.
  • Late Add Fee/Late Registration Fee
    Late fees are assessed to students who pay fees or add a class after the last day of fee payment. The charges are $40 for the first working day after the last day of fee payment plus $10 for each succeeding working day to a maximum of $100. No late fee will be charged to students who change from one section of a course to another, who must add a course to replace a canceled course in which they were previously registered, or who add a late-starting class. Late fees are refunded only if all classes for which the student has registered are canceled.
  • Late Placement and Guidance Test Fee
    A fee of $5 is charged for a placement and guidance test taken at an unscheduled time.
  • Music Course Fees
    Fees are charged for the following services or facilities:

    Music Course Fees

    Music Majors
    private instruction
    (per applied music course)
    class instruction
    (class lesson course)
    class instruction
    (functional piano course)

    Music majors carrying less than 12 credits must pay full fees.

  • Payment Plan Charge
    Students approved for a payment plan will be charged a processing fee of $50. See Paying Fees.
  • Degree Requirement Audit Fee
    The registrar’s office will provide, without charge, one degree requirement audit for currently enrolled degree students with a declared major. A $5 fee is charged for a second audit.
  • Records Duplication Charge
    You may obtain copies of documents in your file in the registrar’s office (excluding transcripts from another school). The registrar’s office provides these documents, as time permits, by written request for a cost of $5 per document. These copies bear the statement that they are unofficial. The registrar’s office will not mail copies of documents provided through this service.
  • Graduate School Reinstatement Fee
    Students who do not meet registration requirements and fail to file an approved leave of absence may request reinstatement from the dean of the Graduate School. A $35 fee will be assessed for all reinstatements granted.
  • Textbooks
    You can expect to pay about $250 to $600 per semester for textbooks.
  • Thesis Binding Fee
    A minimum $20 fee is charged for each hard-bound copy of the graduate thesis, including the two copies that go to the UAF Rasmuson Library. This fee is paid when the thesis is submitted to the Graduate School. Fees may also be assessed to cover microfilming, copyright, map pockets or postage.
  • Transcript (Official) Fee
    Official transcripts of UAF academic records are prepared for a fee of $5 per copy. Normal processing time is two weeks, but at the end of a semester or at certain other times during the year, the process may take four weeks. Requests should be made to the registrar’s office.
    Priority service is available for a $10 fee paid when the request for transcripts is made. Priority transcripts are prepared within 36 hours after the request is made and the fee paid. A $5 fee is charged for each additional copy of the transcript made from the same request. Therefore, the cost of priority service for two transcripts is $15. All requests for transcripts must be submitted in writing and must include dates and places of attendance, social security number, date of birth, current telephone number and address.
  • Transcript (Unofficial) Report Fee
    The registrar’s office will supply unofficial copies of academic records for $2 per copy for immediate copies and $1 for overnight service. These unofficial records are printed on plain paper and are used for academic advising. Unofficial transcripts are available for pickup or can be mailed only to the student.

Review an at a glance chart of other fees.

Paying Fees

All fees must be paid by the fee payment deadline published in the semester class schedule. This includes tuition and fees, room rent, meal plan costs, student activity fees, health fees and deposits. Any charges unpaid at the end of the previous semester are also due and must be paid before you can re-enroll. If you owe a debt to the university and submit an enrollment form and payment for the current semester, you will not be enrolled into your classes; the payment will be applied toward your debt. If the current semester payment is by check from a source other than the student, the payment will be returned to the source.

Payment Plans

Students who are unable to pay all charges at the beginning of the semester may apply for a payment plan. Approval is based on your expected receipt of financial aid, other revenue sources, your credit history at UAF and your academic background including your GPA and the number of credits you have completed at UAF. Contact the business office for applications and information, (907) 474-6170. The university offers the following payment options:

  • Standard Payment Plan
    By the last day of fee payment, 25 percent of all assessed tuition, fees and housing costs is due as a down payment, unless you can document guaranteed financial aid. Guaranteed financial aid consists of those grants or loans applied for at least two months before the start of the semester. Additionally, you must be eligible to receive the aid when it arrives; that is, your status at UAF (grades, admission acceptance or default on previous loans) must not prohibit distribution of the aid. Generally, the balance is due in one to three monthly payments. Proceeds of any financial aid will be used to pay all outstanding obligations when the aid is distributed to you, regardless of the payment plan due dates. A payment plan requires a formal contract between you and the university. A 15-minute interview with a business office employee is required. If your request is approved, a $50 processing fee is added at that time. You must bring your approved payment plan application with you and go through the fee payment process with a cashier.
  • Advanced Payment Plan
    You may prepay tuition and fees into an account to be applied to tuition and fees at a later date; contact the business office for more information.
  • First-year, First-time Stafford Recipients
    Federal regulations require that the institution delay loan release until 30 days after the first day of the student’s classes. If your loan is certified by UAF by the first day of fee payment, a payment contract will be available up to the amount of the check. You must still see a cashier. This process does not require a processing fee. If the amount of the loan does not completely cover your charges and you are unable to pay the difference at fee payment, you must follow the standard payment plan process and present your contract to a cashier by the last day of fee payment.
  • Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver
    Alaska residents 60 years of age or older may have tuition waived for UAF credit classes. Waivers are on a space-available basis. Non-credit, CEU or self-supporting classes do not charge regular tuition and are therefore not eligible for a waiver. The following conditions apply:
    1. Payment using a senior citizen tuition waiver is permitted starting only on the first day of instruction for each course and must be completed by the fee payment deadline. Seniors should pay for all regular term courses before adding late starting courses. No late registration fees are assessed.
    2. Senior citizens must inform the fee payment cashier that they are eligible for a senior citizen tuition waiver. Senior citizens must pay all additional course fees, but ASUAF fees may be waived.
    3. The fee payment cashier will check to see if there is a waitlist for the course(s). Senior citizens will not be eligible for a tuition waiver if tuition-paying students are on a waitlist. When there is a waitlist, the senior may either pay the tuition and fees or drop the course(s).
      Senior citizens who pay tuition for a course and later become eligible for a waiver will not be reimbursed.
  • Employee Tuition Waiver
    Employee tuition waivers pay only for tuition. The employee is responsible for all other fees. Tuition waiver forms are not accepted after the fee payment deadline. Employees who pay for a course and later become eligible for a waiver will not be reimbursed.

Consequences of Not Paying

UAF may withhold transcripts, diplomas or grade reports from students who have not paid all financial obligations to the institution. Registration may be withheld from any student who is delinquent in paying any amount due to the university. Registration, meal plan and housing contracts may be canceled at any time for those who fail to meet installment contract payments or financial obligations. A $100 reinstatement fee will be charged to students who fully satisfy their financial obligation and are allowed to re-enroll. The registration process is not complete until the student has paid all fees and charges due the university.


Housing and Meals

Students who move off campus or withdraw from the university will receive room refunds according to the following schedule:

Schedule of Room Refunds
Withdrawal Period Refund Amount
Class days 1-5 75% of semester housing charge
Class days 6–15 50% of semester housing charge
Class days 16–30 25% of semester housing charge
Beyond 30 days No refund will be issued

Any refund of board charges will be based upon the days remaining in the semester. A $75 service charge will be subtracted from each refund of board charges, regardless of the date of withdrawal. No refunds are available after the 12th week of the semester.

Tuition and Fees

Students who withdraw from courses or cancel enrollment must submit a completed official withdrawal form to the registrar’s office. UAF may fully or partially refund undergraduate, graduate and non-resident tuition and fees. The following conditions apply:

  1. If UAF cancels a course, students’ tuition and fees will be refunded in full.
  2. If a student formally withdraws from a course, UAF will make refunds according to the date of the withdrawal.
    1. If the withdrawal is prior to or on the last day for late registration, UAF will refund 100 percent of tuition and fees. The parking fee will be refunded in full if the student returns the parking decal at the time of the withdrawal.
    2. If the withdrawal is within one week after the last day of late registration, UAF will refund 50 percent of tuition only. The parking fee will be returned in full (less $5) if the student returns the parking decal at the time of withdrawal.
    3. If the student withdraws and adds on the same day through the fourth Friday of the semester, UAF will exchange tuition. (NOTE: If the exchange is uneven—e.g., lower level to upper level, or 3 credits to 4 credits—the exchange will result in tuition owed, which is due the same day.)
    4. If the withdrawal is after the fourth Friday of the semester, no refund or exchange of tuition is available.

Courses Meeting Four Weeks or More but Less Than a Semester

  1. If the student withdraws within five working days the first class, UAF will refund 100 percent of tuition and fees.
  2. If the student withdraws within six to 10 working days of the first class, UAF will refund 50 percent of tuition only.
  3. If the student withdraws on or after the 11th working day of the first class no refund or exchange of tuition is available.

Courses Meeting Less Than Four Weeks

If the student withdraws before the first day of class, UAF will refund 100 percent of tuition and fees. No refund or exchange of tuition is available to students who withdraw on or after the first day of class.

Refund Processing

  1. The date the drop/withdraw is processed by the registrar’s office determines eligibility for a refund. The credit amount on a student schedule bill/receipt given by the registrar’s office at the time of the drop may not be correct; changes may occur during the audit process.
  2. For evening or weekend classes, the drop must be processed the next working day for the refund to apply.
  3. A student whose registration is canceled as a result of disciplinary action forfeits all rights to a refund of any portion of tuition and fees.
  4. If a student’s registration is canceled by a faculty-initiated drop/withdraw, the refund will be based on the date of the drop/withdraw and the policy described in a, b or c above.
  5. If you paid fees by personal check, any refund to which you may be entitled will be processed 30 days after your check has been deposited. The 30-day wait will be suspended if you provide proof that your check has cleared your bank.
  6. If you owe a debt to the university, any credits resulting from your drop/withdraw will be applied to that debt.
  7. Students who receive any type of external funding, including financial aid, may have their refunds applied to the external funding source. In the case of financial aid, the refund will be applied according to federal regulations.
  8. Vocational/technical course fees are subject to this refund schedule.
  9. Summer Sessions refund policy is separate and is found in the Summer Sessions catalog.
  10. In case the operations of UAF are adversely affected by war, riot, natural act, action of civil authority, strike or other emergency or condition, the university reserves the right to take action to curtail part or all of its operations, including action to cancel classes and action to discontinue services. In any case in which a significant curtailment is judged proper by UAF, the university’s liability is limited to (at most) a refund of tuition and fees paid.

Tuition Refund Petitions

Petitions for refund of tuition may be granted when a student has been physically disabled, has experienced a death in the family, has a change in employment beyond the student’s control, or has other extenuating circumstances. Written documentation of the condition is required (appeal forms may be obtained from the business office, health center, financial aid, the registrar’s office or the dean of students office). Petitions are reviewed only if documentation of circumstances is provided and only after a student has officially withdrawn from the course(s). Refund petitions for students who fail to comply with published deadlines, or changes in employment within the student’s control, will not be considered. Petitions must be filed by the last day of instruction of the term for which the petition is filed.

Completed petitions may be submitted to the business office, 1st floor Signers’ Hall.

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