- Associated Press - Friday, December 22, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The only federally recognized tribal college in Alaska has announced that it will waive tuition for all Alaska Native students starting next semester.

Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Thursday that Ilisagvik College in Utqiagvik hopes waiving tuition will boost the college’s native student enrollment.

The college has one of the highest non-native enrollments among the nation’s tribal colleges and universities. It has about 700 total enrolled students each semester.

Pearl Brower, president of the college, said that students have expressed concern with the price of tuition, which for a full course load runs over $3,000.

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.

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