The University of Alaska will cut tuition rates by more than $13,000 a year to students who have family ties to Alaska and want to study here.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/C20vu9) the two-year pilot program will give in-state tuition rates to students with parents or grandparents in Alaska, no matter where the student lives.
The “Come Home to Alaska” program starts this fall, and is intended to counter a demographic dip in Alaska high school graduates, which translates to enrollment declines at UA campuses. For instance, there were about 10,200 students at Alaska Fairbanks last fall, the lowest enrollment in five years.
In-state tuition for students carrying a 30-credit academic year costs about $5,200 a year. Non-resident tuition for the same academic load is about $18,400 a year.
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com
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