UAF Facts & Figures

UAF receives funding from a variety of sources, including state general funds, tuition and fees, grants, contracts, partnerships and philanthropic gifts.

  • UAF's budget is spent in direct support of its mission to integrate teaching, research and public service; these top three categories account for 62% of expenditures - Research $124M, Academics $113M, Public Service $39M.
  • UA is one of the most affordable state university systems in the nation.  Tuition rates, loan default rates, and graduate unemployment rates are well below average and 1/3 of degree seeking undergrads receive scholarship aid.
  • A leader in Arctic research; in FY15, UAF received 380 new awards with a total value of $140.8M in research and other sponsored activities at UAF. 

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UAF Research Expenditures

UAF may report research expenditures in a variety of ways depending on the report type and required research definition. Regardless of the definition used, research trends are moving downward. UAF continues to seek research opportunities in areas where UAF maintains a competitive edge.

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Unrestricted Funds

General Funds come from:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • State General Fund
  • Indirect Cost Recovery from sponsored research

General Funds are used for:

  • Instruction
  • Services (e.g., police, fiscal operations, human resources)
  • Public service and administrative support

General Funds are not used for:

  • Funded research
  • Housing

Restricted Funds

Money comes from:

  • Research awards, contracts, and partnerships
  • Endowments
  • Restricted Gifts

As determined by providers, funds are used for:

  • Research programs and academic centers
  • Scholarships and fellowships
  • Salaries, benefits, and research support for some faculty

Auxiliary Enterprise Funds

  • Polar Express
  • UAF Bookstore
  • Dining Services & Housing
  • Patty Ice Arena
  • Parking Services
  • Printing Services
  • Wood Center
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