Frequently Asked Questions

  • North Star College (NSC) is a partnership between the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). North Star College is a school of choice for junior and senior high school students, and students are selected each year through a lottery process. Students completing college coursework will result in a student earning a FNSBSD high school diploma from North Star College and college credits towards a certificate or a degree.

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Application and Admission

  • How are students accepted into North Star College?

  • Do interested students need to be enrolled in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District?

  • Will there be a waitlist if my child doesn’t get in?

  • If my child is selected for a junior slot, do they need to re-apply for their senior year?

  • If my student has an IEP or a 504 Plan, can they apply?


  • What types of classes will students take?

  • How will registration for classes at UAF work?

  • Will I be able to see my child’s grades and assignments in PowerSchool so I can keep up with their progress?

  • Will I be able to keep track of my child’s attendance?

  • Are college classes weighted like Advanced Placement courses?

  • College classes can be difficult, what supports are available for my student on campus?

  • Can students qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship?

  • When my student graduates, what school will be issuing the high school diploma?

  • Can NSC students take courses at their home attendance area school?

  • Can NSC students receive academic awards or honor graduation recognition from their home attendance area schools?

Fees Associated with Participation

  • How much does it cost?

  • What types of fees will students/parents be responsible for?

  • Will my child, who drives, have to pay for parking, or will the district pay for that?

General Program Information

  • Can students still participate in sports and activities?

  • Is transportation available?

  • Will North Star College students be able to participate in student activities and events on campus?

  • How will I be informed if there is an emergency involving my child or the university?

  • Will North Star College students have a campus ID?

  • Will North Star College students have access to the Student Recreation Center?