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Online Colleges in Alaska

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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    Residents of this northernmost state appreciate the beauty and isolation that is their unique heritage. On the other hand, local options for higher education are extremely limited. Distance learning programs may be the ideal solution for students in this secluded state. Online colleges in Alaska serve students who want to increase their educational options, despite their remote location.

    Although Alaska is the largest state in the U.S., it is only the 47th most populous. As such, college degree programs in Alaska are quite limited; the state offers the fewest options in the country. That said, there are still 10 colleges in Alaska that offer a total of 1,805 associate degree programs, 2,033 bachelor's degree programs and 707 master's degree programs.

    There are 710, 231 people who live in the state of Alaska. Of those aged 25 and older, 17.7 percent have a bachelor's degree and 9.8 percent have a graduate or professional degree. About half of the population of Alaska, 324,970 people, is employed, and in 2014 they collectively made a mean annual wage of $54,040, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    Affordable Online Colleges in Alaska

    Whether you live far from urban centers or are a resident of Fairbanks or Anchorage, you're probably looking for affordable and flexible degree program options. The following colleges offer students just that. This list of affordable online colleges in Alaska includes information on tuition as well as the number and type of online programs offered.

    Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Alaska

    College NameTuition & Fees/Year
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    Distance Education Participation
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    Number of Online Programs Offered
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    School Type
    Ilisagvik College$3,34036.79%N/A2-year
    Alaska Christian College$7,694N/AN/A2-year

    Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Alaska

    College NameTuition & Fees/Year
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    Distance Education Participation
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    Number of Online Programs Offered
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    School Type
    University of Alaska Anchorage$6,80242.98%214-year
    University of Alaska Fairbanks$6,98245.90%434-year
    University of Alaska Southeast$7,11265.71%274-year
    Alaska Bible College$9,300N/AN/A4-year
    Alaska Pacific University$19,610N/A74-year

    College Accreditation in Alaska

    Checking a school's accreditation is an important step in finding the perfect college or university. It's especially crucial for those who may need financial aid. Federal assistance programs are only available to students enrolled at schools with an accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    There are nationally recognized accrediting agencies, but they typically only apply to a specific type of school or degree program. However, each state also has a regional accrediting body. This organization offers voluntary accreditation to all postsecondary institutions in the state. For Alaska, the Department of Education recognizes the following regional accrediting body:

    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

    To learn whether other accreditations listed by colleges in Alaska are approved by the government, check the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or Department of Education websites.

    Source: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (Accessed January 2017), http://www.nwccu.org/

    Financial Aid in Alaska

    Alaska Loans

    Alaska offers its students two supplemental education loan options through the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The state is committed to providing rates exactly as they are advertised and promises to lower costs whenever it is possible. They also pride themselves on their customer service, provided by Alaska-based agents, and the fact that their loans have a lower interest rate than the Federal PLUS loan.

    The ASEL is a low-cost loan for both in-state and out-of-state students, as well as those in career training institutions that are not covered by federal loans. Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time, and have a qualifying credit score (or apply with a cosigner who does). Students are not required to make any payments while enrolled full-time, though there is no penalty for paying off the loan early.

    • Application deadline:  Up to $14,000 per year for undergraduates
    • Award amount:  Not specified
    The FEL offers an opportunity for a family to help cover the cost of a student's education. The borrower may be a spouse, parent, stepparent, foster parent, or grandparent. Both the borrower and the student must be residents of Alaska, and the student must be enrolled full-time. There is no credit score requirement, but the borrower must have an acceptable credit history.

    • Application deadline:  Up to $14,000 per year for undergraduates
    • Award amount:  Not specified

    Learn more about student loans of all types in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

    Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Alaska

    Featured Cities In Alaska

    Data on the following cities of Alaska is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

    Anchorage, AK Metro Area

    Total Population

    395,285

    Median salary for high school grads

    $37,230

    Median salary with a bachelor's degree

    $55,487

    % of the population enrolled in college or grad school

    28.1%

    Median rent

    $1,181

    Fun Facts

    From the Chugach Mountains to the sparkling waters of Cook Inlet, Anchorage offers a beautiful, natural landscape in which to work and study. In addition to outdoor activities such as dog sledding and fishing, Anchorage offers several cultural and sporting events, such as the Anchorage International Film Festival and the college basketball tournament known as the Great Alaska Shootout.

    Fairbanks, AK Metro Area

    Total Population

    99,705

    Median salary for high school grads

    $35,210

    Median salary with a bachelor's degree

    $51,745

    % of the population enrolled in college or grad school

    38.5%

    Median rent

    $1,216

    Fun Facts

    Fairbanks enjoys a rich tradition of ecotourism, which includes viewing the Northern Lights, dog mushing and epic fishing. Fairbanks also boasts a symphony orchestra and a wide selection of galleries showcasing indigenous and contemporary art.

     
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