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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Alaska

4 Colleges
$22,575 Avg Cost*
4.6 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Value Alaska Schools ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 4 schools, we came up with our list of those that were the best for overall value in Alaska. It's important to note that this isn't just a listing of colleges and universities with the lowest sticker price. Instead, this ranking identifies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a lower-than-expected price. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money in Alaska

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, Alaska

Our 2021 rankings named Alaska Pacific University the best school for overall value in Alaska for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Alaska Pacific University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Anchorage, Alaska that handed out 55 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Alaska Pacific about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,455. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Alaska Pacific be around $108,693. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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. Alaska Pacific not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #1 on our Best Colleges in Alaska list.

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A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges for the Money in Alaska list means University of Alaska Southeast is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Juneau, Alaska, the small public school awarded 113 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students 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 is around $19,663. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Alaska Southeast is about $93,006. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, University of Alaska Southeast is ranked #2 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. Fairbanks, Alaska is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 602 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UAF about 4.7 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,909. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UAF is $97,227. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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

Out of the 4 schools in Alaska that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Alaska Anchorage landed the #4 spot on the list. UAA is a fairly large public school situated in Anchorage, Alaska. It awarded 1,148 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.9 years for the average student at UAA to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,273. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UAA is about $119,180. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

UAA also took the #4 spot in our Best Colleges in Alaska rankings.

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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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