North Star College FAQ

North Star College is a dual enrollment experience based on the UAF campus. Students can earn high school and college credit at the same time.

All Fairbanks North Star Borough School District current juniors on track for graduation who are interested in pursuing college coursework in their senior year are invited to apply to the North Star College. Prospective students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students will be selected randomly through the district’s lottery process from among those who meet the qualifications. The students who do not earn a spot initially will be placed on a waiting list in numbered order and contacted if a spot becomes available. 

Students must take a minimum of 7 college credits, and can take up to 15 college credits per semester. Many students, however, will take a mix of college and high school level courses. Students who are selected to participate will take placement exams to determine the appropriate Math, Science, and English courses. All students will be required to enroll in a 1-credit support course each semester.

Students will work with the NSC school district counselor and a UAF academic advisor to choose the courses that best fit their needs. The staff will provide guidance during this process.

The school district will cover tuition, books and some fees for North Star College students.

Students will be responsible for personal course equipment and supplies, such as lab coats, kits and art materials. Students may also pay to use other fee-based services on campus, such as on-campus parking or dining plans.

The school district will provide transportation as available to campus for North Star College students. Currently, transportation is not provided due to on-going district bussing issues and is not guaranteed in future school years.

UAF Disability Services will work with North Star College students and their parents on how to best address the accommodations in students’ IEPs or 504 plans.

Lunch is available at students’ home attendance area school. It can be arranged to be held for when they arrive back at school or picked up in advance if they are taking afternoon classes. If a student wants lunch on campus, they would need to pay or purchase a meal card. UAF has a variety of meal plans available for nonresidential students. A refrigerator and microwave are available on campus in the middle college study space.

Students still remain eligible for sports at their home attendance area school as long as ASAA eligibility requirements are met. Core courses taken through North Star College should not affect NCAA eligibility for student athletes who plan to play in college. Students who plan to participate in NCAA sports should make sure their counselor is aware of that intention to ensure eligibility.

No. UAF does not use PowerSchool. Students at UAF will be on Blackboard or Canvas. Parents will need to work with their students to access these platforms to view grades. Students are responsible for communication with their professors regarding grades and course material.

No. UAF does not have parent-teacher conferences. Students may request to meet with professors during office hours. The program provides academic support as needed.

Not directly. The North Star College coordinator and high school counselor will monitor attendance in the support course and work with students and their parents if issues arise. Students select varying courses and attendance will not be monitored by North Star College in any courses outside of the support course.

Students who drive to campus will need to purchase a parking decal, which currently costs $153 per year or $51-$88 per semester, depending on how many credits a student takes. Students should look closely at the campus map to determine which lots their parking permit covers.

Yes. They will also be able to participate in select activities at their attendance area schools.

Yes. They will need to apply and upload a photo online to obtain the card.

North Star College students will be enrolled in the university’s Rave emergency alert system, just like other UAF students. In addition, they will have access to UAF’s personal safety app, Rave Guardian. Parents also will be able to sign up to receive emergency alerts from UAF. Visit for more information. This website is also where UAF will share information in the event of an emergency.
Yes. Parents must sign a release form if their child is under 18 years of age.
Yes, UAF credits earned while students are enrolled in North Star College will transfer in the same way that any other UAF credit will transfer. Please note that the way credits transfer is variable, based on the requirements of the receiving school.

Yes. Student jobs at UAF are open to students who are taking six or more credits (with some restrictions).

Yes. Eligible students who are not initially admitted via the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. If additional spaces become available, students from the waitlist will be contacted.

No. School district policy only allows for Advanced Placement courses to be weighed on a 5.0 scale. Classes taken through North Star College are weighed on the traditional 4.0 scale. A three credit college course counts for a .5 high school credit (semester credit).