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A new exemption to the Non-Resident Surcharge was recently added for lineal descendants of current Alaska Residents.

For many students, non-resident surcharge on tuition makes going out of state cost prohibitive.

Everyone who calls Alaska home knows it’s a very special place, no matter where they live in the state. Every summer visitors and seasonal workers fall in love with Alaska and make it home.  At the same time, many Alaskans leave for school and job opportunities outside, but they still feel connected to their Alaska home.  

This new program is an effort to attract college bound relatives back home to Alaska. The University of Alaska is truly world class — offering a broad array of degree programs, and courses you'll only find in Alaska.

This program should be especially attractive for those interested in Alaska Native programs and classes only found at UAS.


Our admissions office staff are happy to answer any questions regarding this new program. Call 907-796-6100 or toll free at 877-465-4827 or email for more information. You might also check the FAQs below.


A lineal descendant, in legal usage, refers to a blood relative in the direct line of descent - the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. of a person. In a legal procedure sense, lineal descent refers to the acquisition of estate by inheritance from grandparent to parent and parent to child, whereas collateral descent refers to the acquisition of estate or real property by inheritance from sibling to sibling, and cousin to cousin.

Adopted children, for whom adoption statutes create the same rights of heirship as children of the body, come within the meaning of the term "lineal descendants," as used in a statute providing for the non-lapse of a devise where the devisee predeceases the testator but leaves lineal descendants.

Among Native American tribes in the United States, tribal enrollment can be determined by lineal descent, as opposed to a minimum blood quantum.[1][dead link] Lineal descent means that anyone directly descended from original tribal enrollees could be eligible for tribal enrollment, regardless of how much Indian blood they have.

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