Best Value Colleges in Alaska

The Alaska College ROI Report only has ROI data for a few schools in The Last Frontier, as Alaska is called, but they provide exceptional returns on investment for students.  Read More

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1University of Alaska - Fairbanks Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$559,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,100
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
2University of Alaska - Fairbanks Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$514,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
3University of Alaska - Anchorage Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$405,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,700
4Alaska Pacific University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$393,000
Total 4 Year Cost$149,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,500
5University of Alaska - Anchorage Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$360,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,700

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Alaska has been famous for two natural resources -- a gold rush in the nineteenth century and their rich oil fields today -- but educational opportunities in Alaska may be an overlooked resource. PayScale's list of best value colleges in Alaska may help bring attention to the quality colleges in our northernmost state.

Both listed schools in Alaska are public universities. Over 10,000 students attend the University of Alaska at Fairbanks -- that is a bigger population than many cities in Alaska. The University of Alaska at Fairbanks isn't a bad deal for out-of-state students either, even if they have to pay a higher tuition.

The University of Alaska at Anchorage sees lower ROIs than the Fairbanks campus, but the numbers are anything but depressing. With 20,000 students, Anchorage's campus is twice the size of the Fairbanks one.

Because it is home to only schools that have high ROIs, Alaska tends to have the highest average ROI in the United States.