UAonline & Polar Express Card

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UAOnline is the University of Alaska connected service that allows University of Alaska affiliates (students, faculty, staff) to manage their connection with the university system.

UAOnline allows students to view transcripts, enroll in courses, make payments, and manage financial aid.

Staff can login to view their tax information, view pay stubs, view leave time, check benefits status, retirement elections, and most employment and pay-related actions.

Faculty can submit grades for their courses, access information to advise students, approve students’ registration, and much more as well as viewing the same employment information as staff.

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Polar Express Card

The PolarExpress card is the official UAF photo identification card used by students, staff and faculty for access to UAF facilities and to make purchases. The card's magnetic stripe holds a unique key that

provides secure access to residence halls, laboratories and the Student Recreation Center. You can deposit money into your Bear Bucks account, which is linked to your PolarExpress card. Bear Bucks can

be used to pay for goods at all Dining Services locations, vending machines, photocopiers, the Wood Center counter and the Bookstore.


Students: once they have registered for classes.

Employees when their employment package has been fully processed.

Visiting scholars and student interns may apply for the UAF Polar Express Courtesy Card. The Courtesy Card is for use by individuals who do not have a direct affiliation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who want access to library privileges or use of a Bear Bucks account.

Much like the PolarExpress card, a Courtesy Card includes a photo of the card holder, an ID and library card number. The cost for a Courtesy Card is $10.00, and is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

For any additional accesses or privileges to be added to the card (as an example access to the Student Recreation Center) a written request from the department authorizing the access is necessary prior to

adding to the card. If key access to a building or lab is needed, this must be specified in the letter. There is a $10 fee.

For more information, go to thie Office of the Bursar website.