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Payment Process

Fee Payment (All Students)

All payments must be received by the fee payment deadline. No paper bill will be sent. Check your account and get a printout of your charges at UAOnline.

Students are not considered registered for any courses until all tuition and fees are paid or other payment arrangements have been made by the fee payment deadline.

An electronic bill will be generated for you on or about the 15th of each month and made available via UAOnline. A reminder will be sent via email each time a new bill is generated. It is your responsibility to check your email address regularly. A link on the UAOnline "Statement and Payment History" page will take you to the page where you can pay with credit card or electronic check. To view your bill, go to UAOnline and choose "Student Services & Account Information" from the main menu, then "Student Account," then "Statement and Payment History."

Other than tuition, fees, housing and dining, which are due according to the schedule, any charges owed to the university are due within 30 days of when they are incurred to avoid additional late fees.

Payment Options

Pay online: Pay with

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • China Union Pay
  • Diners Club
  • JCB

or electronic check on the web at UAOnline. Be sure to review your account status after payment is confirmed.

Please note that a 2.85% ($3.00 minimum) transaction fee will be applied to all credit and debit card transactions. If you are paying with a debit card or have a daily limit on your credit card, contact your bank to tell them you are paying university tuition and fees to ensure your card won't be declined.

Pay by mail: Mail your full payment to arrive by 5 p.m. on the fee payment deadline. Payments received after this date will be assessed late fees. Make checks payable to UAF and mail to: University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 757640, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7640. Credit and debit card payments are not accepted by mail.

Pay in person: See the schedule of dates and times.

International payments: Visit to make a payment or for more information.

Consequences of Not Paying Tuition and Fees

Failure to pay your tuition and fees in full or make other payment arrangements by the final fee payment deadline may result in cancellation of your class schedule. UAF may withhold transcripts, grades and other services, and cancel meal plans and housing if you do not pay your financial obligations. If the university takes such action, you will still be responsible for your account balance in full. Registration, access to order transcripts, etc., may be withheld from any student who is delinquent in paying any amount due to the university. The registration process is not complete until the student has paid all fees and charges due to the university. The university may drop you from your courses after the fee payment deadline if you owe a balance to the university. A $100 reinstatement fee will be charged to re-enroll in dropped courses. Students have until the fourth Friday of the semester to re-enroll in dropped courses.

Failure To Meet Financial Obligations

University policy requires a financial hold be placed on your student account if you fail to meet your financial obligations. The hold will prevent any registration, transcript or graduation activity.

Past due accounts may be sent to a collection agency. Interest, late fees and/or collection costs will be added to your account. Past due accounts may be reported to a local credit bureau. The university is authorized to garnish Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends for payment of past due accounts.

Graduate Students

If you are a graduate student who has been awarded a research or teaching assistantship or graduate fellowship that includes payment of tuition and graduate health insurance, you must bring a copy of your current contract letter to the Graduate School, 202 Eielson Building, after your registration is complete, so the payments can be applied to your account. This must be done every semester that your contract is valid. This must be done prior to the fee payment deadline to avoid late fees.

If you have questions, please contact the Graduate School at 907-474-7464, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Alaska time).


How Tuition Is Calculated

Printable version of tuition chart

Tuition is determined by the following:

  • the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled,
  • the level (e.g., 100-level, 200-level) of the course, and
  • your residency status.

Students taking 4 or fewer credits are charged at the resident rate.

An online tuition calculator is available (this provides an estimate only).

Tuition by course level

Course level Resident (per credit) Non-resident (per credit)
050-299 $212 $751
300-499 $256 $795
600-699 $489 $1028


Tuition calculator

Use our tuition calculator.

2018-2019 resident tuition schedule

Credit hours Resident lower level (050-299) Resident upper level (300-499) Resident graduate level (600-699)
1 $212 $256 $489
2 424 512 978
3 636 768 1467
4 848 1024 1956
5 1060 1280 2445
6 1272 1536 2934
7 1484 1792 3423
8 1696 2048 3912
9 1908 2304 4401
10 2120 2560 4890
11 2332 2816 5379
12 2544 3072 5868
13 2756 3328  
14 2968 3584  
15 3180 3840  


2018-2019 nonresident tuition schedule

Credit hours Nonresident lower level (050-299) Nonresident upper level (300-499) Nonresident graduate level (600-699)
1 $751 $795 $1028
2 1502 1590 2056
3 2253 2385 3084
4 3004 3180 4112
5 3755 3975 5140
6 4506 4770 6168
7 5257 5565 7196
8 6008 6360 8224
9 6759 7155 9252
10 7510 7950 10280
11 8261 8745 11308
12 9012 9540 12336
13 9763 10335  
14 10514 11130  
15 11265 11925  


Full-Time Status

You are considered a full-time student if you enroll in 12 or more credits as an undergraduate or 9 or more credits as a graduate student.

Tuition Surcharges

The College of Engineering and Mines has a tuition surcharge of $42 per credit hour for lower division courses, $51 per credit hour for upper division courses and $98 per credit hour for graduate courses. The School of Management has a tuition surcharge of $51 per credit hour for upper division courses and $98 per credit hour for graduate courses. Surcharges are applied on a per credit hour basis (rounded to the nearest dollar).

Occupational Endorsement Tuition Discount

Beginning fall 2018, UAF will reduce tuition by 25 percent for lower division courses for eligible programs. Click here for a list of those programs and more information.

Resident and Non-Resident Tuition

All students should check their residency status and tuition charges each semester when they register. Electronic processes, such as a new application, may cause a student's status to change from one semester to the next.

In general, students are expected to have resided in Alaska for the prior two years to be eligible for resident tuition. However, there are additional criteria to meet the eligibility requirements. In the past two years, students must not have:

  • been absent from Alaska for an aggregate of more than 120 days other than documented absences due to illness or attendance at another educational institution while maintaining Alaska residency;
  • acted inconsistently with Alaska residency, such as claiming residency in another state or voting as a resident of another state;
  • registered as a resident at an educational institution in another state; or
  • paid tuition at the University of Alaska Western Undergraduate Exchange program rate.

Proof of eligibility for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is the standard accepted documentation of residency. You also need to complete a UAF residency application. Other specific proof of residency, as outlined at, may be accepted.

  • PFD proof of eligibility -- Submit a copy of your most recent Form 1099 or go to, click on "Check Application Status," follow the instructions, print the final page that shows "approved, paid, or eligible" and submit it with your UAF residency application.

Students graduating from a qualified Alaska high school within one year of enrollment and enrolling in a degree program will automatically be considered residents when they provide their high school transcript.

Other exemptions of the nonresident surcharge may be permissible. More information may be obtained at

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

UA Board of Regents policy waives regular tuition for Alaska residents at the age of eligibility for full Social Security retirement benefits. You are eligible to use the senior citizen tuition waiver and enroll in UAF courses if:

  • you are a permanent resident of Alaska,
  • you are age-eligible to receive full Social Security retirement benefits, and
  • there is space (i.e., no waitlist) in the class or classes you want.

You must register in person and not until the first day of instruction for that semester to use a senior tuition waiver. You must meet both age and residency requirements by one of the following dates to be eligible for the corresponding semester: Sept. 1 for fall, Jan. 1 for spring and May 1 for summer. Reimbursements will not be made to senior citizens who pay for a course and then request a waiver. Please call 907-474-7384 for more information.

Employee Tuition Waiver

Employee tuition waivers cover the cost of 16 credits per academic year (up to 8 credits per semester) for university employees. Tuition waivers are accepted for the current semester and cannot be applied to prior terms. Other criteria:

  • Tuition waivers cover tuition only.
  • Tuition waiver forms must be turned in by the fee payment deadline.
  • The employee is responsible for paying all other fees by the payment deadline.
  • Tuition waivers must be signed by the employee. A supervisor's signature is required if the class takes place during the employee's work day.
  • Reimbursements will not be made to employees/dependents who pay for a course or courses and later become eligible for the waiver.
  • Dependents must be under the age of 24 on the first day of instruction to be eligible.
  • Waivers found to be ineligible will be reversed and the students will be responsible for payment of the waived tuition.
  • Late fees and payment deadlines apply to those using tuition waivers.

Submitting Tuition Waivers

Tuition waivers can be

  • submitted via DocuSign (electronic waivers only)
  • faxed to 907-474-5898
  • mailed to the Office of the Bursar at P.O. Box 757640
  • emailed to

Tuition waivers must be submitted prior to the fee payment deadline.


Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Fee Schedule

Printable version of fees chart


Course Fees

Some courses require special materials, supplies or services and require a material fee in addition to tuition. Check course listings to see if material fees are required for any of your classes.


Cost: $42 per semester (subject to change). CTC only students $5.

Who pays: All Fairbanks area students (Fairbanks campus or Community and Technical College sites) enrolled in 3 or more credits.

What's covered: Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (ASUAF) represents student views and concerns to the university administration, board of regents and Alaska Legislature. The ASUAF fee also partially funds publication of the UAF student newspaper, the Sun Star; the student-managed ASUAF Concert Board; KSUA, the student radio station; and other media. Other services provided through ASUAF include a free half-hour attorney consultation, academic travel funding, subsidized student club activities, regular free coffee service, and much more. Contact ASUAF at 907-474-7355 or visit


Cost: $10 per credit hour (to a maximum of $120 per semester).

Who pays: All Fairbanks-area students (Fairbanks or UAF Community and Technical College sites) enrolled in 3 or more credits.

What's covered: The Athletics fee provides admission to all home athletic competitions. Admission will only be guaranteed until the start of each event. Fee excludes post-season competitions. For further details regarding event/ticket policies visit

Health Insurance

Student health insurance is not mandatory at UAF except for international students studying in F-1 or J-1 immigration statuses. The University does not provide a student health insurance program except for international students and students who are contracted with the Graduate School as Teaching or Research Assistants on stipends or who are receiving graduate fellowships. Students without insurance who are interested in obtaining a plan may visit for more information on shopping for a policy.

International students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to enroll in either the UAF-sponsored insurance plan or in a plan of their choice which meets regulatory compliance rules. Students must provide documentation of enrollment to International Programs & Initiatives in advance of the fee payment deadline each semester. Students who do not enroll in an insurance plan approved by International Programs & Initiatives by semester deadlines will be dropped from classes at UAF.

Contracted Teaching and Research Assistants on stipends and those receiving graduate fellowships are automatically enrolled in the UAF-sponsored plan as part of their benefit package. More information on this plan can be found at

The UAF-sponsored International student plan meets Department of State insurance requirements for Exchange Visitors in J-1 status. However this plan is not compliant with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you have questions, contact International Programs & Initiatives. The graduate insurance plan is ACA-compliant but does not meet Department of State insurance requirements for Exchange Visitors in J-1 status.

Parking Permit

Cost: fall 2018/spring 2019, single vehicle, $51 for 8 or fewer credits; $88 for 9 or more credits; $153 annual permit. With any of these permit options, for an additional $10, two or more vehicles (up to a total of four) may be registered for the multi-vehicle option. The hang tag allows one vehicle to be parked on campus at a time. (Campus residents may not purchase the multi-vehicle option. Employees are not eligible to purchase parking permits at student rates.)

Costs are based on the combined total credit hour enrollment at UAF, Community and Technical College, eCampus, or any class held at a UAF location where credit is given through another location.

Who pays: Students who choose to park a vehicle at any on or off-campus UA, UAF or Community and Technical College location are required to have a parking permit or permit displayed on the vehicle at all times, including evenings.

What's covered: Parking in permit-required and general use lots/spaces at any on or off-campus UA, UAF or Community and Technical College location in Fairbanks.

How to get your permit: Request your permit through UAF's online parking system at Select the type of parking permit(s) needed, your delivery option and payment method. You may instantly print a two-week temporary permit for use until your permit arrives in the mail or you pick it up. Permits can also be purchased and picked up at the Bursar's Office in Signers' Hall. Please bring your current vehicle registration with you to ensure correct information for your file.

How to pay: Complete your permit purchase at UAF's online parking system at Payment options are all major credit cards or "student account," if you have added parking to your student account.

It is the responsibility of all students parking a vehicle on any UAF property (on or off campus) to know UAF parking regulations, available online at For more information, call 474-7384 or email

Student Health and Counseling Center

Cost: $150 per semester; $100 summer/6 credits.

Who pays: Students enrolled in 6 credits or more, students living in university housing, and all students purchasing student health insurance.

What's covered: Basic medical and counseling services at the Student Health and Counseling Center on the Fairbanks campus. See for more information.

Waivers: Students who meet all of the following conditions may waive the Student Health and Counseling Center fee:

  1. no courses on the Fairbanks campus or at University Park,
  2. not living in university housing and
  3. not enrolled in the university student health insurance plan for International Students and contracted graduate students.

Pick up a student health center fee waiver form from the UAF Bursar's Office on the Fairbanks campus, or call the Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-474-7043.

Recreation Fee

Cost: $135 per semester; $75 for CTC only students.

Who pays: All Fairbanks-area students (Fairbanks or UAF Community and Technical College sites) enrolled in 6 or more credits (eCampus classes do not count towards this total). Fairbanks-area students enrolled in 3-5 credits have the option of paying the SRC fee. Fairbanks-area students enrolled in 1-2 credits do not have the option of purchasing a membership at the recreation fee cost, but there are other membership options.

What's covered: The recreation fee is a membership to the Student Recreation Center (SRC), Patty Ice, Patty Pool, Outdoor Adventures and Skiland (see the SRC for Skiland season pass receipt; only available for students enrolled in 6 or more credits on campus). The SRC is a comprehensive fitness facility with equipment, courts, track, group fitness, intramurals and a climbing wall. Patty Ice provides recreational ice skating sessions. Patty Pool provides lap swim sessions. Outdoor Adventures has discounted equipment rentals, trips and an outdoor rock/ice wall. Some extra programs have additional fees associated; consult DRAW staff for details. Anyone under the age of 18 using the SRC and its facilities must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whose minimum age is 21, unless he/she is a full-time UAF student. Call 907-474-5886 for more information.

Student Sustainability Fee

Cost: $20 per semester.

Who pays: Students enrolled in 3 or more Fairbanks section credits (Fairbanks or UAF Community and Technical College sites).

What's covered: The student sustainability fee is a student-initiated fee that is invested in energy efficiency programs and renewable energy projects at UAF.


Cost: $5 per credit hour (to a maximum of $60 per campus).

Who pays: All students.

What's covered: The fee remains at the campus at which it was collected and is used to support technology that enhances academics.


Cost: $22 per semester.

Who pays: All Fairbanks-area students (Fairbanks or UAF Community and Technical College sites) taking 3 credits or more per semester during fall or spring semesters.

What's covered: The transportation fee pays a portion of the costs of operating shuttle buses that provide transportation throughout campus and to various university facilities off campus, and ride borough buses for free.

UA Facilities Fee

Cost: $6 per credit.

Who pays: All undergraduate and graduate students, including those enrolled in eCampus or distance education courses.

What's covered: The UA facilities fee is assessed to all undergraduate and graduate students to address the capital reinvestment for university facilities and academic equipment. Capital reinvestment funds construction that modernizes university classrooms, laboratories, residence halls and other buildings so students have learning and living facilities that enhance the academic experience.

UA Network Fee

Cost: 4 percent of tuition.

Who pays: All students.

What's covered: The UA network charge covers rapidly rising costs, especially in the maintenance and enhancement of the university-wide technology infrastructure. The 4 percent network charge is applied on a per credit hour basis (rounded to the nearest dollar) to tuition, nonresident surcharges if applicable, and fees in lieu of tuition for credit and non-credit courses. The minimum network charge per course is $8.

Wood Center Student Life

Cost: $50 per semester; CTC only students $45.

Who pays: All Fairbanks-area students (Fairbanks campus or UAF Community and Technical College sites) enrolled in 3 credits or more. Students taking courses outside the Fairbanks area are not required to pay the fee.

What's covered: The Wood Center student life fee supports Nanook traditions such as Starvation Gulch, Winter Carnival and SpringFest as well as student activities and student life programs.


Application for Admission

Cost: $40-$75 -- $25 Late Fee

Who pays: Applicants to certificate and associate degree programs are charged $40; applicants to baccalaureate programs $50; applicants to graduate programs, $75. There is a $25 late fee charged for all baccalaureate and graduate program applications submitted after the published deadlines.

What's covered: Assessment and processing of prospective student applications.

Campus Housing

For complete rate information, please go to the Residence Life website.

Fairbanks campus single-student housing

Cost: $355 deposit ($40 non-refundable application fee, $315 refundable damage deposit).

  • Double rooms, $2,122 (upgraded Double Room, $2,175, available in Bartlett Hall)
  • Single rooms, $2,598 (upgraded Single Room, $2,662, available in Bartlett Hall)
  • Super Single, $2,850 (upgraded Double Room/Single Occupancy, $3,202, available in Bartlett Hall)
  • Cutler Apartment Complex, $2,409–$2,896 (upgraded Units, $2,467-$2,966) (includes winter break)
  • Sustainable Village Single, $2,966

Fairbanks campus family/graduate housing

Cost: $75 non-refundable application fee.

  • $600 damage deposit ($300 due when you are assigned a housing unit; $300 due at check-in).
  • One-to three-bedroom apartments: $782–$1,420.

Residence hall phone line

To request a landline in your room, please email your request, including your contact information, to

How to apply: Send your completed application and application fee to the UAF Department of Residence Life. Applications are available online. Room rent and meal plan fees, along with all other fees, are due in full by fee payment end. Information about Residence Life is available at 907-474-7247,, or

Credit by Examination

Cost: $40 per credit hour.

Who pays: Students using the credit-by-exam option for earning UAF course credit.

What's covered: The fee pays for coordinating the exam or other evaluation requirements between student and professor, grade recording and transcription.

Credit for Prior Learning

Cost: $50 fee payment plus $10/credit hour for credits earned.

Who pays: Students using the credit for prior learning option to earn UAF course credits.

What's covered: The fee pays for the portfolio or license/certificate review by faculty. If credit is awarded, the fee per credit hour earned pays for grade recording and transcription. For more information visit


Cost: $25 per credit hour.

Who pays: Students enrolled in an eCampus.

What's covered: The fee pays for academic and advising support, online student resources, exam proctoring services, technology upgrades and enhancements to course delivery.

Late Add / Late Registration Fee

Cost: $50.

Who pays: Students given permission to add a full semester-length class after the last day to pay tuition and fees will be charged a late registration fee of $50 that must be paid within five business days. No late fee will be charged when:

  • you add a late-start course during the regular registration period for that course.
  • you are moved into a class for which you were waitlisted.
  • you change from one section to a different section of the same course.
  • you add a course to replace a canceled course in which you were previously enrolled.
  • you are moved to a lower or higher level of a course (i.e. MATH F151X to DEVM F105) due to instructor's recommendation.

This fee is refundable only if all classes for which you have registered are canceled. See Changing your Registration for the procedure for adding a class.

What's covered: Processing of late registration.

Late Payment Fees

Cost: $125 for first; $175 for second; $50 per month for late payment plan payments.

Who pays: All students who have missed the fee payment deadline and have a balance of $300 or more. An additional $175 fee will be added to accounts which are not paid in full by the withdrawal deadline.

What's covered: Processing of late payments.

Meal Plans

Cost: $305-$2,365

See website for more details

Who pays: All residence hall students are required to purchase a meal plan, with the exception of residents living in Sustainable Village and graduate students. UAF also offers meal plans to commuter students, including residents of family housing and students living off campus. Students who do not live on campus but are interested in purchasing a meal plan can contact Dining Services at 907-474-6661 or Please review your dining contract for more details. All prices are per semester.

Meal plans and Munch Money can be purchased from Dining Services at Wood Center room 101. Applications are available online at; click on Meal Plans.

Note: Wood Center dining locations are limited during UAF winter and spring breaks.

New Student Orientation

Cost: $115 for fall, covers all programs, except special Outdoor Adventures activities; $10 for one-day fall transfer student orientation, and $25 (plus $10 for each additional guest) for two day fall family orientation. $35 for spring orientation.

Who pays: Any new student may participate in UAF New Student Orientation on the Fairbanks campus. New Student Orientation is required for all first-year baccalaureate degree students (regardless of the number of college credits earned) and international students (undergraduate F-1 and international exchange J-1 visa status). Domestic transfer students are also encouraged to attend. Family members who choose to attend two-day family orientation and transfer students who choose to attend one day transfer orientation will be billed the respective fees outlined above.

What's covered: All materials, sessions, general entertainment and meals.

Payment Plan

Cost: $65 online, $90 in person and special arrangements. Discount only applies to online enrollment via UAOnline.

Who pays: UAF degree seeking students who are unable to pay all tuition and fees at the beginning of a semester.

What's covered: Budgeting by distributing the costs of tuition and fees over up to five payment dates. Payment plans are available for UAF students via their UAOnline account. (Note: Only UAF offers this option.) A down payment and enrollment fee is required at time of enrollment.

The earlier you enroll, the more payment plan options are available, so enroll early!

Post Office Box

Cost: $55 per box per semester. Limited number of larger boxes available for additional cost. $30 summer only.

Who pays: Students who wish to receive U.S. Postal Service mail on campus must rent a post office box in the post office in Constitution Hall. USPS mail is delivered on campus to post office boxes only, not to street addresses. The fee can be paid at UAOnline or at the Bursar's Office in Signers' Hall. Fees renew automatically each semester until the rental agreement is cancelled and keys are returned.

What's covered: Post office box space, postal and mail forwarding services.

Reinstatement Fee

Cost: $100.

Who pays: Students dropped from classes due to nonpayment will be charged $100 to have classes reinstated.

What's covered: Reinstatement processing.

Returned Check Fee

Cost: $30.

Who pays: If a check is returned for any reason, a hold will be placed on the student’s account, which will prevent the student from registering, viewing grades, participating in graduation activities and receiving transcripts until the check clears and a $30 fee is paid.

What's covered: Processing of returned checks.


Cost: The cost for your textbooks and course materials will vary between $15 and $400 per course, depending on your instructor's preferred textbook or course material. You can expect to pay $250 to $1,100 per semester on textbooks, depending on your course load. You can look up pricing information online at or through your UAOnline account (using the links through the registration website).

Who pays: All students who need their required textbook or course materials.

What's covered: Textbooks, assigned readings, or other course materials assigned by instructors. Visit or for more information.


Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Refund Schedule

Semester-length classes, including evening and weekend courses
Through Friday, Sept. 7 (fall semester); Friday, Jan. 25 (spring semester) 100% tuition and fees*
After Friday, Sept. 7 (fall semester); Friday, Jan. 25 (spring semester) no refund
*Parking fee will be refunded, less $5 for processing, if you return your permit. If a permit was picked up, it must be returned when you drop your classes.  
Courses meeting four weeks or more, but less than a semester
Drop within five business days of the first class 100% tuition and material/course/lab fees
Courses meeting less than four weeks and self-support classes, including WINTERmester and MAYmester
Last day to drop for a full refund is the first day of the class.
CEU (Continuing Education Unit) courses
100% refund of all charges if you withdraw by the first day of class.
Regular semester length evening and weekend courses beginning after Friday, Sept. 7 (fall semester); Friday, Jan. 25 (spring semester)
Drops must be processed the next business day for the refund policy to apply.

Printable version of refund chart

Canceled Courses

If your class is canceled, you may add another class of equal credit and level at no additional tuition cost. You must pay any additional fees. If you do not add a replacement course, the Bursar's Office will automatically process a credit to your account.


  • A 100 percent swap of tuition after the last day to pay tuition and fees is allowed only if the drop and add are done from one level of the same subject to another (i.e. from MATH F251X to MATH F151X) on the same day.
  • If an upper-level class is swapped for a lower-level class, the difference is refundable at 100 percent through the 100 percent tuition and fees refund period for that semester.
  • If a lower-level class is swapped for an upper-level class, the student must pay the difference.
  • Late fees apply for added classes.

Fee Refunds

Student Health Center, technology, network, transportation, student life, athletic, orientation, ASUAF, laboratory, material and miscellaneous fees are not refunded after the 100 percent refund deadline. Parking permits purchased and not received or purchased and returned by the fee payment deadline are refundable. Health insurance will be credited to your account if a total withdrawal takes place within the first 31 days of the insurance policy coverage. If you withdraw for medical reasons, you may appeal the reversal of your insurance enrollment with the Student Health and Counseling Center.

Exceptions to Policy: Appeal for Refund of Tuition

Appeals for refund of tuition are exceptions to policy and are only allowed in exceptional cases. Approval is not automatic, and you need to provide documented evidence to support your request. Acceptable serious and compelling reasons may include:

  1. death in immediate family;
  2. serious illness or injury of student or immediate family; and
  3. factors outside student's control (for example, fire, flood).

Not receiving expected financial aid, or failing to comply with published deadlines or regulations are not serious and compelling reasons to seek a refund and will not be approved.

Appeals for refund of tuition must be submitted within 30 class days after the beginning of the next regular semester. Forms for an appeal for refund of tuition are available online, through the Bursar's Office in Signers' Hall at the Fairbanks campus or through local campus student services offices. Once received, the appeal will be evaluated by a campuswide committee, which will return a decision to the student. The decision of the committee is final, and a student who files a written appeal under these procedures shall be expected to abide by the final disposition of the review, as provided, and may not seek further appeal of the matter under any other procedure within the university. Submission of appeals and appropriate documentation after published deadlines will not be considered. Contact the UAF Bursar's Office for more information.

In order for the committee to consider your appeal for a refund for a class, you must be fully withdrawn from the class. To withdraw from your class or classes, complete the Total Withdrawal or Late Withdrawal form (whichever is appropriate) and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. Forms can be found online at or at the Office of the Registrar.

Refund Processing

Financial aid will be disbursed to student accounts 10 business days prior to the first day of class for the semester and the Bursar's Office will begin processing refunds at that time. Contact the Bursar's Office for an advance of funds if you need your funds for books and supplies.

Refund processing is automatic for students who officially drop courses by published refund deadlines. Remember to return parking permits if you drop during the 100 percent refund time.

All refunds are processed electronically or by mail. The Bursar's Office does not issue refund checks for amounts less than $10. It is your responsibility to check your account and contact the Bursar's Office to receive your refund as cash or to apply it to your PolarExpress card as a nonrefundable payment.

If you paid tuition and fees by credit card only, the card will be credited up to the amount charged.

If your tuition was paid through external sources such as financial aid, federal loans, scholarships or grants, you will receive your refund as a check sent to your mailing address of record or direct-deposited in your bank account.

Once processed by the Bursar's Office, direct deposit takes three to five business days to disburse to your bank account.

Your refund is subject to federal regulations. If you receive a refund due to dropped classes or a total withdrawal, you may no longer qualify to receive scholarships or financial aid. In that case, the funds may be returned to the lender or grantor pursuant to all applicable rules and regulations.

If you paid by cash or check, a refund check will be sent to your mailing address of record, or direct-deposited in your bank account. If you notify the Bursar's Office that you have not received the check due to an incorrect address, a fee of $18.50 will be charged for all checks reissued due to a stop pay request by the student. Please be sure your current mailing address is on file.

If you paid your tuition and fees by check, refund processing will begin after your check has cleared the bank.

Any balance owed to the university will be deducted from your refund.

Students who drop during the 100 percent refund period and want to maintain health insurance coverage should contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-474-7043.

Direct Deposit of Refunds

Enrolling in direct deposit allows your refunds to be electronically deposited into your bank account. It's simple, safe and convenient. Enrollment is available through our secure self-service website. Sign up for direct deposit of your refund through UAOnline by following these steps:

  • At the "Student Services & Accounting Information" menu, select the "Direct Deposit Enrollment" link.
  • Select "1st time setup of direct deposit".
  • Select the account type.
  • Enter the bank routing code.
  • Enter account number.
  • Re-enter account number.
  • Select "Submit".

Financial Aid

Many students receive some sort of financial aid from either the State of Alaska, federal government or institutional programs. Complete the required FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, online at; the application process may take up to six weeks. The Financial Aid Office, located in 107 Eielson, has all the necessary applications.

The majority of financial aid awards will appear as credits applied to your student account, unless you are receiving a check from an outside agency.

Financial aid programs
Name of Program Need-based? Enrollment Status Required Program Admission Amount (Prorated for PT)
AKAdvantage Grant Yes PT (at least half-time) Yes $4,000 max
Alaska FEL (Family Education Loan) No FT only Yes $10,000 for vocational; $14,000 for undergraduate
Alaska Performance Scholarship No PT (at least half-time) Yes Varies, up to $4,755 per year
Alternative Loans No PT (at least 1 credit) Varies Varies
ASEL (Alaska Supplemental Educational Loan) No PT (at least half-time) Yes $10,000 max for vocational; $14,000 max for undergraduate
Federal Work Study Yes PT (at least half-time) Yes Varies
FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) Yes PT (at least half-time) Yes Varies by institution; up to $4,000 per year
Pell Grant Yes PT (at least 1 credit) Yes Varies
PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) No PT (at least half-time) Yes Cost of attendance minus other aid received
Scholarships No FT (varies) Yes Varies
Stafford Subsidized Loan Yes PT (at least half-time) Yes Depends on year in school and dependency status; max $3,500 for first-year students
Stafford Unsubsidized Loan No PT (at least half-time) Yes Depends on year in school and dependency status; max $7,500 for first-year students
TEACH Grant No PT (at least 1 credit) Yes $4,000 max for undergraduate
UA Grant Yes PT (at least half-time) Yes  
VA Benefits No PT (at least 1 credit) Yes Max benefit determined by VA

PT = at least 1 credit FT = 12 credits for undergraduate students

Financial Aid Reminders

To be eligible for financial aid, you must:

  • Be admitted to a UAF degree or certificate program and meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Be an undergraduate enrolled in 12 or more credits (or a graduate student enrolled in 9 or more graduate-level credits) if receiving full-time funding. Waitlisted and audit classes do not count toward determining your full-time student status.
  • Complete online entrance counseling if receiving a Federal Direct Loan for the first time.

If your guaranteed financial aid or loans will not arrive before the last day to pay tuition and fees, you must arrange for a payment plan with the Bursar's Office.

Before the last day of fee payment, you must make arrangements to pay tuition and fees, including housing if you are living on campus. A payment plan can be arranged if disbursement of financial aid will be delayed past the payment deadline. You must pay tuition and fees by that time or late fees will apply. Contact the Bursar's Office if you are interested in setting up a payment plan.

To verify that financial aid has arrived at UAF and is available for disbursement: