Tuition, Costs & Payment

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Tuition charges vary depending on the residency status of the student.

Alaska Resident - For information about qualifying for resident tuition please see the section below on Alaska Residency.

Non-Resident - Dependents of UA alumni, active duty military/veterans, and other categories of students may qualify for in-state residency rates. Please see the section below on Alaska Residency.

WUE - Residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming may pay 150% of the Alaska resident tuition rate. Please see the WUE page.

Summer Semester 2020

Undergraduate lower division
(course numbers 050-299)
  • Resident $223 per credit hour
  • Non-Resident $789 per credit hour*
Undergraduate upper division
(course numbers 300-499)
  • Resident $269 per credit hour
  • Non-Resident $835 per credit hour*

 Academic Year 2020/2021

Undergraduate lower division
(course numbers 050-299)
  • Resident $234 per credit hour
  • Non-Resident $800 per credit hour*
Undergraduate upper division
(course numbers 300-499)
  • Resident $282 per credit hour
  • Non-Resident $848 per credit hour*
Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) Courses (save 25%)
  • Resident $175 per credit hour
  • Non-resident $600 per credit hour

* Non-resident students who restrict their registration to no more than four (4) credits each semester are charged resident tuition. Any credits registered beyond the 4-credit limit will cause all credits to be assessed at the non-resident tuition rate. Note: Tuition does not include activity fee or lab/material fees.

Be sure to include other costs in addition to tuition when planning your semester expenses. Other costs of attendance include fees (such as lab and material fees added to particular classes), textbooks, supplies, room, board, and personal expenses.

The UAA Net Price Calculator is designed to estimate the cost of attendance and types of financial aid you might qualify for it you were a college freshman attending school full-time. Netprice Calculator


Alaska Residency

Students may qualify for resident tuition through one of the following means:

  1. Provide proof of Permanent Fund Dividend Eligibility
  2. Provide proof of physical presence in Alaska for two or more years
  3. Provide proof of graduation from a qualified Alaska high school within one year of enrollment
  4. Be eligible for an exemption of the non-resident surcharge as listed on the Application for Resident Tuition Assessment form

The Come Home to Alaska Program allows non-residents to qualify for resident tuition if they are directly descended from an Alaska resident. Click here for Alaska residency guidelines

Students must submit a completed Application for Resident Tuition Assessment to Student Services prior to the add/drop deadline.

Nonresident students who restrict their registration to 4 or fewer credits each semester will be charged resident tuition.  Nonresident students taking 5 or more credits are assessed nonresident fees on all academic credits.

The University of Alaska policy on resident and nonresident tuition may be referenced in the current


Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver (Board of Regents Policy 05.10.080)

Regular tuition shall be waived for Alaska residents who meet the following criteria: they must be age eligible to receive full (unreduced) social security retirement benefits and they must register on a space available basis. “Space available basis” means when courses can accommodate such students in addition to other enrolled students.

  • Senior citizen tuition waiver waives tuition only.
  • Senior citizen tuition waiver is only accepted for classes registered for on or after the first day of the semester and on a space-available basis.
  • Senior citizen tuition waiver does not apply if the student has registered prior to the first day of semester.
  • Senior citizens are responsible for any student or class fees associated with the class(es).
  • Payment must be submitted by the payment deadline to avoid late fee(s).
  • Senior citizen tuition waiver forms are only accepted until the last day of class for the term in question; submissions past the term end date will be denied.
  • Senior citizen tuition waiver may be returned in person to Mat-Su College Campus Cache or faxed to 907-745-9711.
  • For more information, including eligibility and restrictions, see Regents Policy 05.10.080.B.
  • Please refer to the Senior Citizen Eligibility Matrix to determine age eligibility for social security.
  • Senior citizen tuition waiver forms are available on our website under student forms.  Waiver forms should be completed and submitted, with proof of age eligibility, to Mat-Su College Campus Cache.
To register online, follow the Online Registration, located under our Registration Guide.
To register in person or by fax fill out our registration form located under student forms.



Administrative Fee Classes in areas such as Art, Music, and Professional Development are available through private organizations in the community. Fees for these classes are determined by the instructor. Students may receive college credit for these classes by paying an additional administrative fee, or a process fee, to MSC. The administrative fees are based on current tuition rates.
Application for Admission Fee ... $40 A non-refundable $40 fee will be charged for each undergraduate Application for Admission submitted.
Audit Fee Auditors pay the same tuition and fees as students registering for credit.
Career Exploration Test Fee ... $10 A $10 testing fee will be charged for each testing session for non-students.
CEU Fee ... Varies This fee varies. It is charged per Continuing Education Unit instead of tuition.
Computer Lab/Classroom Fee ... $25 This fee is paid during registration and is charged only once each semester to any student using an MSC computer lab or registered in a class held in a computer classroom. Computer lab fees are non-refundable.
Course Fees Course fees are specific to particular courses and meet expenses beyond those normally covered by tuition. UAOnline identifies courses for which fees are charged and their purpose: lab fee, materials fee, learner services fee or special fee. Fee amounts vary.
Credit-by-Examination Fee ... $40 A nonrefundable $40-per-credit fee is charged to challenge a course.
Distance Education Fee ... $38 A $38 distance fee is charged for each web based, blended, and distance education course.
Facilities Fee...$6 per credit hour This $6 per credit hour fee is for students enrolled in 1 to 15 credits, regardless of class delivery mode.  This supports facility renovation and infrastructure renewal.  Revenue remains at the university from which the fee is collected.
Lab, Material, and Other Fees ... Varies A fee is sometimes charged in addition to tuition. The semester Course Schedule identifies courses for which fees are charged. Fee amounts may vary and are subject to change.
Language Credit-by-Placement Fee An accepted, degree-seeking UAA student who has completed in residence a Department of Languages UAA catalog course with a grade of B or better is eligible to receive credit for the two immediately preceding language courses.
Late Payment Fees ... $125 | $175 A $125 fee will be assessed on all accounts which are not paid by the payment deadline. A $175 fee will be assessed on all accounts which are not paid by the withdrawal deadline. Students who pay for or drop their courses prior to the published payment deadline will NOT be required to pay the fee.
Learning Resource Center Fee ... $5 A one time fee of $5 is assessed per semester for use of all Learning Resource Center facilities and workshops. These fees are attached to preparatory courses, 100 and 200-level composition courses, 100 and 200-level math courses, and some 100 and 200-level social science classes.
Library Card The first card is $1 and a $5 fee is charged for a replacement.
Network Charge ... 4% The purpose of the Network Charge is to cover rapidly rising costs, especially in the maintenance and enhancement of our university-wide technology infrastructure. This fee will be applied on a course-by-course basis to tuition, non-resident surcharge if applicable, and fees in lieu of tuition, for credit and non-credit courses. Courses with applicable fees charged in lieu of tuition less than the lower division credit hour tuition rate will be exempt from the charge. All calculated fees will be rounded to the nearest dollar.
Non-Credit Course Fee ... Varies Fees are listed in the semester course schedule as special fees.
Non-sufficient Funds (NSF) Fee ... $30 A $30 fee is charged for each NSF check received by the college.
Placement Test Fee ... $21 A $21 assessment testing fee will be charged for each testing session. This fee is a course placement testing fee.
Practicum Insurance Fee ... $13 A $13 fee is charged for each practicum course. For example, HUMS A495.
Proctor Fee ... $43 A $43 processing fee (per testing session) is charged for proctoring any test from an institution outside of the University of Alaska.
Self-Support Fee ... Varies Fee for a course that is funded entirely through the revenues collected when students sign up for that specific course. Costs vary by course and may include salaries, supplies, advertising, facilities and travel. Separate refund policies apply.
Stop Payment Fee ... $18.50 An $18.50 fee is charged for all checks reissued due to a stop payment request by the student.
Student Activity Fee ... $3/credit A $3 per credit fee applied to each credit of enrollment at Mat-Su College, up to 12 credits. Courses offered via distance are exempt from the fee. Supports special activities and free or reduced admission to entertainment events.
Student Government Fee ... 1% 1% of the cost of a lower division credit (i.e. 1% of $192 or $2) applied to each credit of enrollment at Mat-Su College, up to 12 credits.  Courses offered via distance are exempt from the fee. Assessed to support the recognized student government organization and the programs and activities administered through student government.
Student I.D. / WolfCard ... $5 Your first ID card is free and a $5 fee is charged for replacement. Student ID cards are available in Student Services.
Technology Fee ... $5/credit Mandatory fee to provide up-to-date equipment, software, maintenance, training, and support for student use. $5 per credit hour to a maximum of $60 per campus.
Tech Prep Course Fee ... $25/credit A non-refundable per credit fee is charged for Tech Prep courses approved through articulation. $25 per credit.
Transcript Fees
Unofficial ... no charge
Official UAA PDF (order online) ... $12
Official UAA paper normal processing ... $15
Official UAA paper expedited/24 hr processing ... $30          (updated June 9, 2016)

Financial Obligations

If you register for classes, the University holds you financially responsible for that registration. Payment of tuition and fees is due by the deadline listed in the printed course schedule and the Academic Calendar. Even if you do not receive a bill, you must pay your tuition and fees by the published deadline. There will NOT be a University initiated drop for non-payment. You must drop your courses during the 100% refund period to avoid the obligation to pay. You are responsible for tuition and fees for courses not dropped during the 100% refund period.

Failure to meet financial obligations University policy requires a financial hold be placed on your record if you fail to meet your financial obligations. This hold will prevent any enrollment, transcript, or graduation activity. Interest, late fees, or collection costs will be added to your account. The past due debt will be reported to a local credit bureau. Unpaid tuition and fees will be referred to a collection agency and/or collected via garnishment of State of Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends (PFDs).

Agency sponsored students: All students who are sponsored by an Agency (WIA, DVR, VA, etc.) must contact their agency for details on how to obtain funding and the procedures required to register for classes. This must be done for each semester that they wish to register for.

Agency sponsored students are required to have all appropriate paperwork processed through Mat-Su College Accounting located in the Campus Cache by the payment deadline.  If the appropriate paperwork has not been received by the payment deadline, the student will incur a late fee and hold will be placed on their account.

Financial aid deferred tuition and fees: If you have proof of approved financial aid you may obtain an MSC deferment form from the Financial Aid Office. Call 745-9719 or 745-9762. This deferment form must be turned in to the cashier by the payment deadline to avoid assessment of late payment fees.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Beneficiaries

Students using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits will have their current semester tuition and fees deferred at the beginning of each semester as long as they have no outstanding balances. Please meet with your VA School Certifying Official to confirm that you have no outstanding balances. This will prevent late fees and registration holds from being assessed. If the student’s Post 9/11 eligibility rating is less than 100 percent, then the student’s portion is expected to be paid by the payment deadline. Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients who have outstanding balances from previous terms are subject to late fees and a hold on future registration.

Nelnet Payment Plans

Nelnet is an organization that handles tuition and fees in monthly payments for colleges and universities. There is an initial enrollment fee for each semester. For more information call 745-9739 option 3 or see the MSC Accounts Receivable Supervisor in the Campus Cache (JKB 109). Call Nelnet at 800-722-4867 or visit the Student Account Center.

General Payment Information

  • Payment is due by the advertised deadline even if a bill is not received.
  • You may call a cashier at 745-9739 option 1 for your balance.
  • You may access account balance and pay through UAOnline.
  • A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned to Mat-Su College and must be paid by cash, credit card, or money order.
  • Effective June 1, 2016, credit and debit card payments for student accounts will no longer be accepted for processing by UAA and its affiliated campuses, including Mat-Su College. Credit/debit card payments will only be accepted online via UA's Touchnet PayPath or Nelnet Student Account Center and will include a non-refundable service fee. For additional information about this service fee, please visit the UAA Accounting Services FAQs.
  • To avoid being charged the service fee for credit/debit card payments:
    • pay online via web check (ACH)
    • submit cash, check, or money order at the Mat-Su College Campus Cache, JKB 109
    • mail a check or money order to:
Mat-Su College
Campus Cache JKB 109
8295 E College Drive
Palmer, AK 99645

Electronic Billing

An electronic bill will be generated for you on the 15th of each month and made available via UAOnline. An email reminder will be sent to your UA assigned email address each time the bill is generated; a paper bill will not be mailed. A link on the UAOnline Statement and Payment History page will take you to the page where you can pay with a credit card or electronic check. To view your electronic bill, go to UAOnline and choose Student from the main menu, then Student Account, then Statement and Payment History.

Refund Policy

To be eligible for a refund, you must submit a completed Add/Drop form to the Student Services office on campus by the date listed in the printed course schedule and the Academic Calendar for a refund. Lack of attendance does not constitute dropping a class. It is your responsibility to insure that the request is received by the registration office. If you are taking a class for a grade and withdraw after the refund date, you will receive a “W” on your transcript and will not receive a refund. You may not withdraw from a class after the withdrawal date published in this schedule. Please allow 4–5 weeks for processing your refund.

Non-Credit, CEU, and Self-Support Courses: 100% refund only if dropped one (1) or more business days the published class start date. No refunds are granted after this time.
Short Sessions: For classes with irregular start or end dates, the drop with 100 percent refund period ends at 5 p.m. five business days after the published class start day. View Deadlines Here.
Cancelled Courses: 100% refund of tuition and fees for courses cancelled by MSC.
NOTE: There will be a $30 stop pay/reissue fee for all checks lost or lost in the mail due to an incorrect address.