Welcome to the Disbursements Office!

We strive to provide accurate and timely disbursement of financial aid funds to our UAA Seawolf population. 

Contact Us!
786-1440 opt 7 | Fax 786-1301 | uaa_acctsv@uaa.alaska.edu

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.


Due to the high volume of refunds at the beginning of each semester, please allow 5-10 business days. At other times, refunds typically take 4-7 days. Please note that direct deposits take priority over checks. You may sign up for direct deposit at UAOnline. Please see the UAA Catalog for the refund policy. 
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Book Charge

We are currently authorizing students who meet the following criteria to charge books at the UAA bookstore to their student account:

  • UAA degree seeking
  • Account in good standing (Paid in full, no holds)
  • Courses are on UAA campus
  • Registered in 3+ credits
Please note that the book charge period ends the Monday following the add/drop deadline. Payment for any and all bookstore charges is due by the payment deadline and are subject to the same late fees as tuition, fees and housing. Your first refund check may precede your bookstore charges, be sure to check your account prior to the payment deadline to be sure it is paid in full.

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.

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You have until the last day of the semester a disbursement was issued or thirty days, whichever is greater, 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 un-cashed check at the Cashier's window located in the University Center, 3901 Old Seward Hwy or by mailing it to:

University of Alaska Anchorage
Attn: Cashier
PO Box 141609
Anchorage AK 99514

If you would like to return funds outside of this time frame, please return funds directly to your lender.

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Private Donor Scholarships

The disbursement's office processes paper scholarship checks received from private donors. Please see instructions below to make sure all necessary information is included with your check. Checks may be mailed to:

University of Alaska Anchorage
Attn: Scholarships
PO Box 141609, Anchorage AK 99514

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. 

Donor Instructions

  • Please make check payable to: University of Alaska Anchorage or UAA. If checks are made out to student, university and student or otherwise, anticipate delays in processing.
  • Mail checks to address above.
  • Instructions or award letters MUST accompany checks that include:
    • Recipients full name
    • Student's UAA ID number (Do NOT include student's SSN, it violates UAA FERPA compliance). You may use last four digits of SSN and DOB if unable to provide UAA ID number.
    • Specific term awarded
    • Any additional requirements such as GPA or number of credits enrolled
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.
  • ACH/EFT scholarship funds should forward student roster to the accounting services email, uaa_acctsv@uaa.alaska.edu
  • UAA does not encourage scholarship funds to roll over to next semester as it is not ideal for IRS reporting to split an award between two calendar years. 
  • If your award does not have specific awarding requirements, you may choose to use the Private Donor Award Form which provides us with the general information needed to process the award.

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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.

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IRS Form 1098-T

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. You may also call the UA 1098-T hotline at 1-877-563-7605 for more information.  

Additional questions? Please visit the 1098-T FAQ

How to print your 1098-T:

Go to UAOnline

1. Login to the secured area (This can only be done by the student receiving the 1098-T)
2. Select Student Services, Financial Aid & Account Information
3. Select Student Account
4. Select Tax Notification
5. Enter Tax Year and submit

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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Tax Information for International Students

All international students and scholars in J-1, F-1 status and their dependents who receive income in the U.S. during the previous year are required to file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The tax filing deadline is April 15th each year. If you are unable to file your tax return on time, you may submit an 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.

Filing Forms
  • All international students and scholars without U.S. earned income must file IRS Form 8843 with the IRS by June 15th each year.

  • All International students and scholars with U.S. earned income must file IRS Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ and IRS Form 8843 with the IRS by April 15th each year.

  • Information about IRS Form I-20 and I-94 is available on the Glacier PowerPoint.

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.

Non-resident Alien:

Resident Alien:

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:

  • Expenses are not qualified such as room, board, travel, research or clerical help
  • Expenses are not required for enrollment or attendance

Your scholarship or fellowship may not be taxable if:

  • The recipient pursues a degree at an eligible educational institution
  • The scholarship or fellowship is used to pay for qualified tuition and related expenses.
    These expenses include tuition and fees required to 1) enroll or attend an eligible educational institution and 2) fees, books, supplies and equipment that are required for the courses.

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.

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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. 

Please make sure to review page 25 on the PowerPoint slide before you submit your documents. It is very important to have all three documents submitted correctly to the Statewide Office so the correct tax withholding and reporting information can be made. Failure to do so will result in a maximum rate of 30% tax withholding.

All international students receiving scholarships or fellowships must register for Glacier.

To register for Glacier:
1. Contact UAA Accounting Services
Fanglin Qi, NRA Specialist

2. View Glacier PowerPoint

3. Follow this link to login to Glaicer Tax Software

For further tax assistance please review the following links:

U.S. Tax Treaties, Publication 901

U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens, Publication 519

Withholding of Tax on Non-resident Aliens and Foreign Entities, Publication 515

Scholarship and Fellowship Grants, Topic 421

IRS Telephone Assistance

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

David Racki
International Student Admissions Officer

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Athletic Stipends

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. 

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Chapter 33 Veteran's Benefits

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. 

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Loan Revision Request

Title IV Authorization (electronic signature)

Title IV Authorization (pdf)

Request for Refund

FERPA Authorization

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