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College Costs

Costs and tuition for colleges and universities in Alaska have increased over several years, according to the College Board. In a 2012 report, the College Board recognized a trend in tuition and fees for higher education. The increase is likely because of inflation, in addition to decreasing funding for higher education. A January 2014 article in Inside Higher Education noted that while overall funding is improving from historical figures in the recent recession, it has not fully recovered. Alaska is also in that situation, although there are signs that things are improving. According to data gathered by Grapevine in 2013, 40 states increased their funding of higher education; between fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2014, Alaska increased funding 20.2%

College Enrollment

There are seven public or private-not-for-profit 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities in Alaska. The College Board’s 2012 report on Trends in Tuition, Fees, Enrollment and State Appropriations for Higher Education notes that Alaska is one of the states where enrollment is increasing. From 2000 until 2010, fall enrollment in Alaska’s degree-granting institutions rose from 26,559 to 32,303. This is an increase of 26.1% over a 10-year period. The National Center for College Statistics notes that the number of individuals identifying as American Indian or Alaskan Native enrolling in degree-granting institutions nationwide has increased from around 76,000 to 186,000 between 1976 to 2011.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • John Hancock Freedom 529: The John Hancock Freedom 529 is offered by the Education Trust of Alaska. These plans are managed by John Hancock and T. Rowe Price and 23 other financial management companies.
    • University of Alaska College Savings Plan: The University of Alaska College Savings Plan is managed by T. Rowe Price and offered by the Education Trust of Alaska. Anyone can contribute to a plan once it has been established.
    • The T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan: Offered by the Education Trust of Alaska, this college savings plan allows nearly any family member to enroll and create a college savings plan for a beneficiary. Account holders can choose from 13 different professionally-managed portfolios with a contribution limit of $400,000 per beneficiary.
    • AlaskAdvantage Education Grant: This program was created by the Alaska legislature to provide need-based assistance to eligible state residents attending postsecondary education. Awards range from $500 to $2,000.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education: The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) helps higher education systems in the west share resources. The organization also implements funding programs designed to help member institutions help their students. Alaska has been part of WICHE since 1955.
    • Consortium for Alaska Native Higher Education: This organization provides statewide support for regional higher education projects in environments that provide opportunities in accordance with the elders’ guidance and traditional values. It can help tribal colleges and universities to leverage funding to achieve their educational goals and provide scholarships for students.
  4. Higher Education News

    • Going to College in Alaska: This web site offers information and advice for students preparing for college in Alaska.The site is run by the Alaska Commission on Higher Education.
    • Journal of American Indian Education: This publication focuses on higher education news for American Indian and Alaskan Native students.The peer-reviewed journal aims to publish essays, research and manuscripts that are meant to increase discussion between researchers and educators.

Higher Education in Alaska

Alaska Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 30% Alaska
      Graduation Rate
    • Alaska
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Alaska

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Alaska Institutions

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