Types of Financial Aid
The types of financial aid available for
A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to apply for all federal, state, and need-based institutional aid. For all State of Alaska grants and scholarships, your FAFSA must be submitted by June 30th prior to the beginning of the academic year.
General eligibility criteria for each type of financial aid type as well as award amounts are provided by following the links below.
Grants are financial aid awards that don't have to be paid back. A FAFSA is required to determine eligibility and are based on financial need.
Follow the links below to learn more about each grant:
Federal Work Study is designed to provide jobs to students to help them meet their educationally related expenses.To be eligible for Federal Work Study, a student must complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. Both graduate and undergraduate students may be eligible if they are enrolled at least half-time. Work study is taxable income but will not negatively affect your financial aid eligibility in future years. Since Federal Work-Study funding is limited, we award Federal Work Study to eligible applicants based on FAFSA application date- the earlier you apply, the more likely you are to receive Federal Work Study funds. If you are interested in a Federal Work Study position but were not offered it on your award letter, please contact us directly.
Federal Direct Loans allow students and some parents to borrow money to help pay for educationally related expenses through loan programs supported by the federal government. Students that are eligible for a Federal Direct Loan will have it offered on their award letter. They will then have the opportunity to accept or decline all or part of the loan via UAOnline, as outlined on the Financial Aid Checklist.
We recommend that students maximize all grant and scholarship options before borrowing student loans. We also recommend only borrowing what is absolutely needed to cover the cost of education. For assistance with budgeting and student loan repayment, please visit our Loan Zone Website and consider making an appointment with our Financial Literacy Coordinator.
For more information on the following Federal Direct Loans offered to eligible UAA students, visit UAA's Federal Student Loan website:
Academic Tuition Awards are awarded by many different departments and programs throughout the University. Please contact the department for which you would like to be considered for a tuition waiver or for more information. To be eligible for tuition awards, students must:
Combinations of tuition waivers or other payments that only cover tuition cannot exceed the total amount of tuition charged to the student.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance has limited tuition awards available. To apply, complete the Tuition Award Request Form available on the UAA Financial Aid Forms page.
**Update: This fund, previously referred to as "Tuition Awards", have been renamed to "UAA Administrative Scholarships" for the 2016/17 academic year. Please read more about UAA Administrative Scholarships below.
Employee Tuition Awards
Employee tuition awards are processed by Accounting Services. Please contact them for more information regarding requirements and forms for employees
UAA Administrative Scholarships
**New for 2016/17**
UAA Administrative Scholarships are awarded by many different departments and programs throughout the University. Please contact the department for which you would like to be considered and request additional information. To be eligible for the UAA Administrative Scholarships, students must:
UAA Administrative Scholarships are limited to Cost of Attendance. Students that are receiving other combinations of grants or scholarships equal to, or in excess of, their Cost of Attendance will not be eligible for a UAA Administrative Scholarships.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance has limited UAA Administrative Scholarships available for students that are experiencing financial hardship. To be considered, complete the UAA Administrative Scholarships Request Form available on the UAA Financial Aid Forms page.