Costs, logistics and gear

Costs for Part 1 (2024)

University of Alaska1
Tuition (3 credits) $ 867 $ 1,302 $ 2,565
Course Fees $ 1,200 $ 1,200 $ 1,200
Computer Fees $ 75 $ 75 $ 75
$ 2,142
$ 2,577
$ 3,840

Scholarships for UAF

students (see below)



available (see below)

1: Students enrolled at the Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau campus. 2: Western Undergraduate Exchange: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

This includes:

  • Transport to and from field areas
  • Accommodation in the field
  • Meals in the field and lunch at Fairbanks campus
  • Accident and MedEvac Insurance

Not included are:

  • Travel to and from Fairbanks at the beginning and end of field camp
  • Meals and housing in Fairbanks
  • Additional fees charged by the university

Financial aid/support

Scholarships are available to UAF students. Separate scholarships are also available to students who have to pay non-residential tuition. The scholarship amount will be determined in early 2024.

The J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship of the Geological Society of America (GSA) provides $2,000 to attend a field camp summer. Application submission will open in early February 2024 with a deadline on March 22. To be eligible you need to be a GSA student member ($45 annually) and have already been admitted to a field camp. Several of our students have been awarded the scholarship in the past, so it is worth investing some time in the application.

The Schmidt Trust Alaska provides scholarships for Alaskan students studying Earth sciences to cover expenses associated with travel and field camp.  The grant is awarded according to financial needs. There is no application deadline. I strongly encourage UAF students to apply.


We will stay in Fairbanks for several days at the beginning of Field Camp, and return to Fairbanks for 2-3 days between the individual segments for laundry, relaxing, finishing reports, and preparation for the next stage. It is your responsibility to arrange lodging during that time. We recommend Residence Life here on the UAF campus. Their student housing buildings are ideally located next to the Reichardt Building which the Geosciences Department calls home. We will provide contact information once you are accepted.

We are camping all the time in the field. While you sleep in your own tent, we have brand new WeatherPort tents that serve as office and kitchen tents. Travel to the field areas, and if applicable within areas, will be done in UAF vans.

Gear & Equipment

The Geosciences Department will provide everything you need for mapping, including map boards, Brunton compass, GPS unit, bear deterrent (we are in bear country!), color pencils, radio. We also provide wall tents as office space, along with folding tables.

What you need to bring along is your personal gear. That includes real good rain gear (jackets and pants). And I really mean good! At one point we will encounter foul weather while in the field, so you want to be prepared. The same goes for your tent. It needs to be waterproof and suitable for windy conditions. While out in Limestone Gap (Part 2 only) there is no shelter from wind whatsoever. Two pairs of hiking boots are recommended. Once your boots are wet it is impossible for them to dry while it keeps raining. A good sleeping bag is also a plus. At Limestone Gap we camp at 1,500 feet. It can get cold, especially in windy and rainy conditions, so bring along warm clothes. Please keep in mind that the only place to buy outdoor gear is in Fairbanks. There is no opportunity to replace broken or missing gear when we are out in the field.


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