Prince William Sound College

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Prince William Sound College is a vocational college and is part of the University of Alaska Anchorage college system. It is located in Valdez, Alaska which is a small community located off the Prince William Sound. Most students feel at home in this hospitable small town.

Prince William Sound College offers students many opportunities to participate in student clubs, develop leadership skills, and obtain internships. Popular student clubs on campus include the Sci-Fi, Peer Advocates for Wellness, and Multicultural clubs. Students also have the opportunity to participate in student government. Student produced plays are frequently held on campus, and the college sponsors acting classes.

The Prince William Sound College is concerned about student health and well-being. As a result, it funds a vast student wellness center.

There are over 25 associate and professional certificate programs at this college. Students interested in transferring to a 4-year college can easily do since the University of Alaska System has an articulation agreement with Prince William Sound College. Programs unique to the school include outdoor leadership and oil spill response.

Prince William Sound College has an open enrollment policy. All students 18 or older with a high school or general equivalency degree are admitted.

The college also offers flat tuition rates. Students from all over the country and the world are not required to pay out-of-state tuition rates. Prince William Sound College offers numerous scholarships, and federal Pell grants and loans are available to qualifying students.

General Information

303 Lowe Street, Valdez, AK 99686-0097

General Information:(907) 834-1600
Web Address:pwsc.alaska.edu
Type of Institution:2-year public
Awards Offered:1 year certificate
2 year certificate
AA/AS degree
Campus setting:Rural: Remote
On-campus housing:Yes
Number of Students:1,986 (1,986 undergrad)
Ratio of students to faculty:53 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,616 $3,790 $3,970 $4,405 +10.96%
Books and Supplies $600 $618 $650 $670 +3.08%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $3,616 $4,730 $4,730 $3,850 -18.60%
Other $1,620 $1,670 $1,754 $1,806 +2.96%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,000 $7,210 $7,570 $7,570 0.00%
Other $1,620 $1,670 $1,754 $1,806 +2.96%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $9,452 $10,808 $11,104 $10,731 -3.36%
In-state Off Campus $12,836 $13,288 $13,944 $14,451 +3.64%
In-state with Family $4,216 $4,408 $4,620 $5,075 +9.85%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 16 64%
Grant or scholarship aid 9 36% $36,998 $4,111
• Federal grants 9 36% $31,459 $3,495
• Pell grants 9 36% $29,959 $3,329
• Other federal grants 4 16% $1,500 $375
Local and state government scholarships or grants 3 12% $4,000 $1,333
Institutional scholarships or grants 4 16% $1,539 $385
Student loan financial aid 8 32% $59,995 $7,499
• Federal student loans 8 32% $43,505 $5,438
• Other student loans 2 8% $16,490 $8,245

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Programs 17
Business, Marketing, and Management Services 2
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs
Management Information Systems 2
Communication and Journalism Programs
Broadcast Journalism
Education 2
Special Education and Teaching 2
Engineering Technology 3
Industrial Production Technologies/technicians, Other 3
Liberal Arts, Humanities and General Studies 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 10
Visual and Performing Arts
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this level.

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