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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Alaska

4 Colleges
$19,425 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.6 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, there are many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Alaska Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking.

Our analysis looked at 4 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Alaska. This ranking isn't just a listing of 'cheap' schools. Instead, it is noting which schools offer a high quality education for a reasonable price. Thus, one college may rank better than another, but the second school could have a lower average cost.

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To calculate the average cost amount, we sum up the total expenses to attend a school - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other living expenses - and then subtract the average financial aid award a student receives. So it is an approximation of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket each year on average.

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Since one ranking on its own is not enough to give you a complete understanding of your educational options, you can refine this list by location and field of study. We've also developed a number of other tools and rankings based on other factors. These other rankings highlight colleges that excel in other factors such as overall quality or diversity as well as schools that excel in serving different groups of students such as veterans or returnings adults.

You can create your own custom comparison that focuses on the factors most important to you using our tool, College Combat. We encourage you to try it out and pit your favorite colleges and universities head to head!

Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Alaska

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Our analysis found University of Alaska Southeast to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Alaska in this year’s ranking. This small public school is located in Juneau, Alaska, and it awarded 113 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at University of Alaska Southeast to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $16,192. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Alaska Southeast is about $76,588. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

University of Alaska Southeast did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges in Alaska list.

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#2

Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, Alaska

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Alaska list means Alaska Pacific University is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Alaska Pacific is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Anchorage, Alaska. It awarded 55 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Alaska Pacific is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,024 for students who receive aid. This means that the average student pays around $98,312 to get a bachelor’s degree from Alaska Pacific. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Alaska Pacific is ranked #1 for overall quality in Alaska.

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#3

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Out of the 4 schools in Alaska that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Alaska Fairbanks landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the medium-sized public school handed out 602 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at UAF to complete their degree, and it costs students who receive aid about $17,318 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UAF is $80,529. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

UAF did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges in Alaska list.

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#4

University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of Alaska Anchorage helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Alaska. UAA is located in Anchorage, Alaska and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,148 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at UAA graduates in less than 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,167 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UAA be around $103,930. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, UAA is ranked #4 for overall quality in Alaska.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 4 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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