Free College Tuition Available For Alaska Native Students

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first_imgStory as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-free-college-tuitiion-available-for-alaska-native-students.mp3VmDorene-on-free-college-tuitiion-available-for-alaska-native-students.mp300:00RPd Ilisagvik has one of the highest non-native enrollments among tribal colleges and universities. Slightly more than half of its  700 students are usually natives.The tuition waiver is also meant to encourage more Alaska Native students to complete a bachelor’s program –  placing more degreed Alaska Natives in the employment pool.The college offers associate degrees, vocational certificates, and short-term workforce development courses, plus a bachelor’s degree in business administration that just launched this fall. A full course load runs over $3,000 at Ilisagvik College, a stretch for online students who live in rural areas where there aren’t a lot of high-paying jobs. Ilisagvik College president Pearl Brower says the move is expected to boost the college’s native student enrollment to put it more in line with national norms.last_img

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