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This is your one-stop resource for information on online colleges in Alaska. We begin with a general overview of higher education in the state and then document Alaska‚Äôs state-specific initiatives and any progress they’ve made in supporting online education.

We also reviewed the entirety of Alaska’s online offerings and then ranked the top online colleges based on affordability. After browsing these profiles, be sure to take note of the scholarships and higher education resources for Alaska, located at the bottom of the page. Remember that the best option for your desired online degree may lie outside your home state, so feel free to browse our nationwide database of online colleges as well.

Postsecondary Education in Alaska

In the state of Alaska, there are 19 four-year colleges, universities and campus; 10 two-year and community colleges; and 117 trade and continuing education schools either exempt from authorization and registered or authorized to educate students.

According to a CollegeBoard report on college pricing trends, Alaska had the highest state appropriations 2013-2014; the state spent $18,857 per full-time equivalent student.

In-state tuition and fees at four-year public schools were, on average, $6,138 in 2014-2015.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that Alaska is one of only two states to have not cut funding for higher education; between 2013 and 2014, state spending per student rose 4.6%.

Also between 2013 and 2014, the average tuition price at public, four-year schools rose a meager 0.3%.

Online Education in Alaska

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 16.4% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Alaska (5,553 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 82.3% of those students were undergraduates
  • 91.7% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 3.7% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 0.8% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 91.3% were living in Alaska
  • 7.9% were living elsewhere in the United States

As a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, several of Alaska’s schools can offer their students access to online courses from other participating institutions as part of their Internet Course Exchange (ICE) program.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Alaska

Below you’ll find the very best in online education in Alaska, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

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We use data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Every ranked school offers a range of programs that can be completed fully online. Schools with narrow program offerings were not included. Tuition rates reflect the annual cost of enrolling full-time in state. Rates are pulled directly from the schools' websites or from IPEDS. Unless otherwise stated, these figures do not include program-specific fees. If schools do not share a general tuition rate, we provide the institution's quoted rate for a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or estimate a full-time annual course load of 24 credits. When tuition rates were equal, schools that reported higher rates of aid ranked higher.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks

An Online Education at University of Alaska Fairbanks

UAF's online degree programs offer asynchronous courses through the Blackboard learning system. Select courses are also available using audio and video conferencing, or a hybrid model of online and classroom interactions. UAOnline is designed for the working adult, and offers completely online learning graduate, bachelor and associate degrees, as well as a number of certificates and occupational endorsements. Some courses require prerequisites like placement exams and credit hours, which are listed in the course descriptions and must be fulfilled before students enroll in those courses.

UAF offers a number of resources to students, including the UAF Off Campus Library, elearning academic advising, writing center tutoring and a math lab with free tutoring and problem solving services. There is also a variety of open courseware available to all UAF distance learning students. Tuition waivers are granted to UA employees and their dependents for elearning courses, and UAF supports the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) programs for active military members. Veterans educational benefits are also available, as well as scholarship options awarded for merit, academic excellence, and volunteer experience.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Administration B.A.
  • Emergency Management B.A.
  • Justice B.A.
  • Applied Accounting A.A.
  • Applied Business A.A.S.
  • Associate of Arts A.A.

UAF also offers a wide range of individual online courses in fields like Applied Science, Education, Business, and Human Relations. Individual Graduate courses are also available online, and require prerequisites clearly listed in the course descriptions.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Online Innovation and Design M.E.D.
  • Administration of Justice M.A.
  • MBA

UAF's online programs are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Contact Information

505 South Chandalar Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211

University of Alaska Southeast

University of Alaska Southeast

An Online Education at University of Alaska Southeast

UAS offers the most expansive selection of online courses among all the University of Alaska branches, including undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. UAS courses are operated on the Blackboard platform (also referred to as Elluminate or Webmeeting), and many courses use both online and video conferencing facetime interactions. Lab courses are available online, and students receive all the tools they'll need to complete assignments by mail, including microscopes, molecule kits and DNA kits. Some e-learning courses require students to login and meet at designated times, while others have a flexible schedule. Assignment due dates, exams, and meetings are set by instructors and outlined in the course syllabi.

UAS has many resources available to e-learning students, like access to the Egan Library, Student Health 101, a disability resource center, and a student helpdesk with access to IT support for Blackboard, computer software downloads, and support video tutorials for UAonline. Most financial aid options require students to be enrolled in at least six credits to qualify, and UAS also offers Veterans benefits for tuition costs for active military members, veterans and their dependents.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate of Science A.S.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Liberal Arts B.L.A.
  • Human Resource Management B.B.A.
  • A.A.S. law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting Emphasis
  • A.A.S. Fisheries Technology

UAS offers a number of e-learning Graduate degrees, mainly in the field of education. Several upper level programs require prerequisites like minimum credit hours, minimum GPA or General Education requirements, which are outlined in the degree program requirements section.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.E.D. Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education M.A.T.
  • Mathematics Education M.E.D.
  • Public Administration M.P.A.
  • Reading Specialist M.E.D.
  • Science Education M.E.D.
  • Special Education M.A.T.

Besides online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificates are also available, including titles for Fisheries Technology, Accounting Technician, Healthcare Privacy and Security and Small Business Management.

Contact Information

11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801-8697
(877) 465-4827

Acclaim for online programs

University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Alaska Anchorage

An Online Education at University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA offers asynchronous undergraduate and graduate programs through the Blackboard platform. UAA maintains both entirely online programs and blended programs, which require students to come in 50% of the time for meetings, labs and exams. Individual distance courses are available, as well as occupational endorsement, baccalaureate and graduate certificates in areas like Corrections, Children's Behavioral Health and Medical Office Coding. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, but weekly or biweekly deadlines may be set for assignments, exams or papers. Consult class syllabi or course instructors for specific online course requirements.

UAA students have access to a number of resources, like the UAA Consortium Library and the online resource center, which hosts helpful links to Blackboard tutorials, the online tutoring center, disability support services and academic advisors. Several distance education courses require students to sign up for proctored exams; request forms can be submitted online, well in advance. Financial aid and scholarships are available to distance learning students, including scholarships for Alaskan natives.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • A.A.S in Digital Art
  • A.A. General Program
  • A.A.S in Occupational Safety and Health
  • B.S. Nursing - Registered Nurse Option

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Arctic Engineering
  • M.E.D. in Early Childhood Special Education
  • M.E.D in Educational Leadership
  • M.P.H. in Public Health Practice
  • M.S.W.
  • M.E.D. in Special Education

Contact Information

3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-1800

Acclaim for online programs

  • #30 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Alaska

David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship

Deadline: April 15, 2015
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

For Alaska students enrolled in an RN or BSN nursing program. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Recipients must commit to 1 year of service practicing nursing in a small Alaska community. Preference is given to students with financial need. Funded by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Dr. Merritt Olson Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

For graduating seniors from West Anchorage High School. Applicants must demonstrate academic merit, leadership or community involvement, and financial need. A GPA of 3.0+ is required. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in education. Funds provided by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Melissa Faye Pike Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $3,000 See Scholarship

For graduates of Diamond High School or students of Alaska Dance Theatre who are pursuing advanced study of dance. Average award is $3000; amounts vary depending on availability of funds. Funds are provided by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 24, 2015
Scholarship Amount $37,500 See Scholarship

For Alaska residents who are graduates of high school or an equivalent program in Alaska. Applicants must be the first in their family to pursue a college degree. This scholarship is administered by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Pinkerton Orchestral Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount $1,500 See Scholarship

Awarded to Alaska students who demonstrate a dedication to music and a commitment to pursuing advanced music education at a postsecondary institution. Special preference is given to students interested in music teaching. Minimum GPA 3.0. Students of violin, viola, cello and string bass are eligible. Funds provided by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Red Boucher Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

For outstanding Alaska students pursuing a career in a technology-related field. Applicants must demonstrate academic success and/or leadership qualities, have financial need, and maintain a GPA of 3.0+. This scholarship is provided by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Richard D. Johnson Memorial Post-Secondary Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

For graduating seniors in Alaska with a GPA of 2.0 to 3.0. Applicants must have participated in community service or American Legion activities, and demonstrate financial need. A personal essay required. Funding is provided by American Legion of Alaska.

Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

This award is intended to help female Alaska students earn their private or commercial flight license. Applicants must pass an FAA written flight test and medical; be enrolled in a science-related degree program; and be pursuing flying as part of science-related career goals. Preference given to students enrolled at the University of Alaska. Funds are administered by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Sven E. & Lorraine Eriksson Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

This award is granted to incoming freshman at the University of Alaska who plan to study electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or music. Applicants must demonstrate academic success, leadership qualities, and financial need. Minimum GPA 3.0; applicants must be graduates of an Alaska high school.

Wrangell and Stika Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

For high school seniors graduating from Sitka High School. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic merit or special talent. The scholarship is awarded to three students per year. Provided by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Higher Education Resources in Alaska