Alaska Colleges & Universities

Earning a college degree is an investment in your future. Earning a college degree means believing in yourself and your future. Earning a college degree from one of the Alaska colleges means earning a college degree in a wild, diverse, wide open land.

Colleges in Alaska: Earn Your Degree in a Scenic Wonderland: Knowledge has always been power. In today's business world, knowledge--in the form of a college degree--can be the difference between a career and a job, and making a good living doing something you love. If you attend one of the schools in Alaska, you may find not only a new career, but a new home.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education pays. The higher your degree, the better chances you'll have of avoiding unemployment. Not to mention, the higher your degree, generally the higher your salary.

Living in Alaska: Alaska is one of the last frontiers in the U.S. It spans 570,374 square miles and is the largest state in the country. The state is rugged, beautiful, and meant for outdoor activities from hiking to rafting and snowshoeing to snowmobiling. When you come in from the outdoors, the metro areas offer dining and nightlife.

The population of Alaska according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2009 estimate is 298,473, less than some North American cities, and embraces a rich cultural diversity. The population includes American Indians and Alaska Natives as well as Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Living in Alaska is affordable. Personal income per capita is $33,768, according to the U.S Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the cost of single-family homes is highest in Anchorage ($317,000) and lowest on the Kenai Peninsula ($212,000) along the Gulf of Alaska.

Attending Schools in Alaska: Alaska colleges and universities are situated in the metro area, including University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Prince William Sound Community College, with campuses in Valdez, Cordova and Copper Basin. Tuition in Alaska schools runs between $147 per credit to $162 per credit for lower level classes, and $170 to $187 per credit for upper level classes.

Working in Alaska: Alaska's top industries are
  • • Fishing
  • • Agriculture
  • • Forestry
  • • Mining
  • • International trade

For all occupations in Alaska, the mean annual wage is $48,690, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Anchorage, population nearly 265,000, has the most job openings and a reasonable cost of living. The Kenai Peninsula, including Seward and Homer, offer employment in tourism. The largest employers in Fairbanks, the second largest city, are the University system and the local government.

Financial Aid to Attend Colleges in Alaska: By earning a college degree, you're taking active steps for your own future. If financial concerns have been keeping you from enrolling in one of the colleges in Alaska, check out the federal student aid options online. Federal student aid encompasses grants, loans and work-study opportunities. The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education AlaskAdvantage Loan Program® also provides low-cost education loans.

The writer Emily Kerr is a Northern Nevada freelance writer who writes about education. Her background is in journalism, and she writes about her passions.


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