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Universities & Colleges in Alaska
Alaska is America's largest state, in terms of area. It's situated towards the northwest of the USA. It's America's fourth least populous state and nation's least densely populated state. Nearly half of the state's residents, about 722,718 people live within the metropolitan area of Anchorage. The state's estimated population back in the year 2011 was approximately 725,000 people. The Alaskan weather is unpredictable. In extremes, the weather has been recorded at a high of 38 degrees C and a low of -62 degrees C. Anytime rainfalls and the sunny weather are a part of the climate here.
Studying in Alaska
Alaska has 8 eight state universities which offer 2 yr, 4 yr, plus graduate degrees. The state also boasts 6 private schools. Most of the universities and the private universities here have awards kept for their achievements and studies. There were nearly 16,000 pupils attending the state's biggest post-secondary education institution, the University of Alaska the last semester. Most of the international students studying here in Alaska come from countries like Russia, Canada, South Korea etc. The University of Alaska- Fairbanks, the University of Alaska- Anchorage and the University of Alaska- Southeast are some of the top names in universities in the state.
At the University of Alaska-Anchorage, the tuition fee, for example for the non residents for a graduate course for the year, 2012-2013, per each credit is $783 apart from other various expenses.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in most of the cities in Alaska is quite affordable plus is comparatively less expensive than Honolulu, San Francisco, Manhattan plus some more American cities. The cost of feeding a family of 4 is roughly around $122 per week in places like the Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Alaska boasts natural resources which include oil, coal, natural gas, platinum and uranium. Agriculture, fishing and forestry too are the other important industries.
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At the University of Alaska, international students although might not be eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid i.e. (Stafford, Pell, etc.), they can apply for various UAS as well as UA- scholarships statewide, plus for some other alternative loans. Apart from this, the institution that you're applying at, would have some or the other scholarship opportunities as well, so before you apply to a particular university/college, do check for the kind of scholarship program or grants they have for the international students.
The average household income in Alaska between 2008 and the year 2010 was $51,000 per year. In the year 2010, the state added in personal income around $1.2 billion, up 3.9%, thus making this state the fourth quickest growing US state in terms of income and ranked 8th in terms of per capita income, which was at $45,000.