May 13, 2020

Dear UAF students,

On April 29, I received a revised proposal from the UAF Tuition and Fee Committee recommending UAF move to a consolidated fee model beginning in fall 2020.

The proposed consolidated fee structure will streamline the number of fees that appear on your student account. All students will see the same charges. Furthermore, under the new model more students will have access to benefits from student mental health services, student government (ASUAF), and student programming.
The fees proposed for consolidation under the new model include:
  • student government
  • recreation
  • sustainability
  • health center
  • student activities and services
  • libraries and digital resources
  • transportation
  • Summer Sessions
  • and technology and distance delivery.
In the consolidated fee structure students will see just three charges for non-course-related fees on their accounts: one for the new UAF consolidated fee, one for the UA network charge, and one for a UA facilities fee.

The Fairbanks campus and CTC rate is proposed at $50 per student credit hour, and the CRCD rate is proposed at $20 per student credit hour.

Under the UAF consolidated fee model, courses taken from the Fairbanks campus will result in savings between 3 and 12 credits and CTC will see savings between 3 and 9 credits. So, for example, an average full-time Fairbanks Campus student taking 12 credits will see a reduction in fee charges from $684 to $600, a savings of $84 dollars (excluding course fees).

Appendix A in the proposal from the Tuition and Fee Committee shows a detailed breakout of all the current fees charged per credit for each course location compared to the proposed fee model.

The recommendations come after the committee’s careful evaluation of UAF’s current fee structure, budget climate and departmental needs across the university, combined with input from the campus community.
Details about UAF’s fee structure and distribution breakdown are published annually in the registration guide, academic catalog, and on all tuition and fee schedules.

I would like to thank the Tuition and Fee Committee for their recommendations. Keith Champagne, vice chancellor for student affairs, will host a casual Q&A session on Zoom to discuss this topic and any others that are important to you. That session will take place Thursday, May 21, from 3-4 p.m. Alaska time. He’ll be joined by other members of our student services staff, including Ali Knabe, Ronnie Houchin, Cody Rogers and Amanda Wall.

I encourage you to participate if you have questions or concerns about the proposed fee consolidation. I expect to make a final decision by June 1, 2020.

I look forward to seeing you in the fall. I wish you well and hope you have a great summer.

— Dan White, chancellor

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