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University of Alaska Fairbanks changes tuition for military students

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Published: Nov. 2, 2020 at 4:13 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) has implemented tuition changes for military service members. In a recent press release Q&A, Dan White, Chancellor of UAF detailed what these changes are and what effect they will have on military students.

“We have some ability right now to modify tuition through a waiver program, and we’ve utilized that to get military pricing within what the military will pay," said White.

This new tuition structure will lessen the personal financial impact on military service members looking to further their education at UAF.

“The military has a flat rate of two hundred and fifty dollars per credit hour for most of our undergraduate programs, so UAF has established a new military service member pricing structure so that there won’t be any out of pocket tuition cost for military service members at UAF," said White.

Marmian Grimes, Senior public information officer at UAF told us that as of fall open enrollment, out of about 6,900 students at the university, 16.8% are active duty/veterans and 1.4% are military dependents.

“We think this is important, of course. UAF is military friendly. We’re in Fairbanks which is a military friendly community, surrounded by bases and posts that are critical to UAF’s economy -- so it’s important for all service members to have the ability to have no out of pocket tuition costs for UAF. That’s been established now," said White.

This change is a modification on the preexisting resident tuition granted to military service members.

“Obviously all service members, regardless of where they’re from, receive resident tuition. Now that will be at the rate that the military will pay, so they don’t have to pay out of [pocket] cost. I think that’s gonna make a big difference to our military service members here in Fairbanks," said White.

With approximately 1,160 active or former military service members currently in the student body, this change could positively impact many people moving into the next school year.

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