FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A new program through the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers to waive fees for local service members who will be deployed during the upcoming academic year.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the program came about following a March announcement that Fort Wainwright’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division will be deployed to Iraq later this year.

Jackie Morton, director of the university’s Department of Military and Veteran Services, says the program is a way to show thanks.

The university says the program is open to any active-duty soldier or airman or Alaska National Guard service member stationed in the Fairbanks North Star Borough who is deployed as part of a named military operation during fall 2019 and spring 2020.