Welcome to the Disbursements Office!
We strive to provide accurate and timely disbursement of financial aid funds to the student population.
Visit us in person by checking in at the One Stop Kiosk located at the University Center, 3901 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage AK.
Each semester, initial disbursement of financial aid to your student account begins no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of classes. Please note that the disbursement date is not the day you should expect a refund.
Refunds typically take 4-7 business days to receive. Please see the UAA Catalog for the refund policy.Back to Top
We are currently authorizing students who meet the following criteria to charge books at the UAA bookstore to their student account:Back to Top
Alternatively, if you are not authorized to charge books to your student account and your financial aid has been disbursed but not yet refunded, you may purchase Wolfbucks by contacting the disbursement's office 786-1440 option 7. Sorry, no exceptions will be made to the "charge all" bookstore authorization requirements.
You have 14 days from the date of disbursement to return loan funds to your lender through UAA. Please complete a revision request to return funds. You may remit payment (if you received direct deposit) or return your uncashed check at the Cashier's window located in the University Center, 3901 Old Seward Hwy or by mailing it to:
University of Alaska Anchorage
If more than 14 days have elapsed since the date of disbursement, please return funds directly to your lender.
The disbursement's office processes paper scholarship checks received from private donors. Checks may be mailed to:
University of Alaska Anchorage
Students applying for private scholarships, please refer donors to this website for instructions. Please note that scholarship checks will be applied to your student account AFTER the add/drop deadline for the semester being awarded. Checks must be received (and signed if necessary) BEFORE the payment deadline in order to avoid late fees.
Note: UAA will do our best to comply with the donor requirements, but only to the point of award to the student account. It is up to the donor to track the student progress or otherwise beyond the point of award. Additionally, donors are encouraged to ONLY include pertinent, relevant requirements in their award letter.
Returned checks- Paper checks will be mailed to your mailing address (MA). If your check is returned due to bad mailing address, a hold will be placed on your account until your address has been updated at UAOnline. Once you have updated your address you can contact the disbursements office to have your check resent to you. Failure to provide your current mailing address is not a valid reason for check pickup.
Lost Checks- If you believe your check is lost or have not received it within 10 business days from the date it was issued, you may contact the disbursements office to have a stop-pay filed on the check. A non-refundable fee of $18.50 applies to all stop-pays and will be deducted from the amount of the check. A replacement check will be issued, this process generally takes 5-7 business days.
Unclaimed Checks- UAA makes an attempt to notify payees of uncashed checks on an annual basis. If you have a stale dated check, you may return it to the disbursements office to have it reissued at no cost. If you no longer have the check or never received it, you may request a stop pay and have the check reissued. Checks that have been issued more than 180 days ago and remain uncashed may be turned over to the State of Alaska Unclaimed Property.
The IRS 1098-T, tuition statement, reports qualified tuition and related expenses reportable by an eligible educational institution. Education tax credits may be available to you if your are paying education costs for yourself or a student who is a member of your immediate family. Form 1098-T enables you to determine if you qualify for one or more of these education tax credits. Additional instructions are available on the IRS Website.
How to print your 1098-T:
Go to UAOnline
Please note: The 1098-T is based on a single calendar year, Jan. 1- Dec. 31 of any year and NOT the academic or aid year.
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Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return to the IRS.
Please Note: UAA and its affiliate offices are not tax professionals, we cannot provide you any tax advice or help you complete your tax return. It is your responsibility to understand and meet U.S. tax obligations.
Classification of Taxation
U.S. tax laws are complex and confusing. For U.S. tax purposes, classification of an alien has been divided into to major groups: resident and non-resident aliens.
Generally, all F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents are considered non-residents (NR) for tax purposes their first five years in the U.S. J Scholars and Professors are typically considered NR for tax purposes their first two years in the U.S.
Scholarship and Fellowship
A scholarship is a payment made to students to support their continuing education. A fellowship is a payment made to an individual for their pursuit of research. A non-resident alien may be taxed on such awards, dependent upon criteria established by the IRS.
Your scholarship or fellowship may be taxable if:
Your scholarship or fellowship may not be taxable if:
Scholarship or fellowship received by a non-resident alien for activities performed out side of the U.S. are not taxable in the U.S.
You must report scholarship and fellowship aid through Glacier. Glacier is a web-based tax compliance software system that manages tax information for international students and scholars receiving payments from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Glacier not only helps you determine your tax treaty eligibility but also ensures UAA is in compliance with U.S. tax regulations and immigration laws.
All international students receiving scholarships or fellowships must register for Glacier.
To register for Glacier:
For further tax assistance please review the following links:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax preparation assistance for UAA students and the Anchorage community. For more information, please contact the College of Business and Public Policy.
Athletic stipend checks processed each semester after the add/drop deadline. Your coach will make an announcement on the specific date that your check will be available. If you have further questions, please email or call the Disbursement's office at 786-1440 option 7.
Students receiving federal financial aid and are utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits will receive their financial aid refund after the add/drop date. If your financial aid exceeds the total cost of your tuition and fees you will receive an initial refund upon disbursement and a subsequent refund after the add/drop date, when tuition and fee amounts are certified. This allows more accurate reporting of tuition and fees. An outstanding balance will appear on your student account until payment is received from the Department of Veteran's Affairs. For additional information, please view the Veteran Financial Assistance website.