University of Alaska Anchorage


Financial Aid for Seawolves

The Office of Financial Aid strives to make a significant and positive difference in the lives of students through quality customer service that meets their educational needs, and the efficient processing and delivery of financial aid.

Contact us via Phone and Email: We are currently closed to in-person traffic

The Financial Aid Office is temporarily closed to walk-in traffic due to statewide and local measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center is operational and staff are able to take your call Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Once restrictions have lifted, our office will be located in the new Enrollment Services Center on the UAA main campus.

Latest News

  • Federal CARES Act FundingThe University of Alaska Anchorage has begun awarding the student portion of CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $2.7 million dollars. These awards are to help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

  • UAA 49th Finishers Scholarship - Are you eligible to become a 49th Finisher and let UAA help you graduate, expand your career opportunities and reach your dreams? To read more on this topic, visit UAA's 49th Finishers Scholarship webpage.

  • Alaska Performance Scholarship - The priority deadline for APS recipients to file the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid deadline is June 30th. FAFSA applicants who file after that date will only be awarded if funding is available.
  1. NEW STUDENTS who graduated high school in May 2020: The State of Alaska is waiving certain testing requirements. To read more on this and other COVID related topics, visit ACPE's Q&A reference webpage.


Steps to Receiving Financial Aid

Getting financial aid is easy when you follow the Financial Aid checklist and stay on top of important dates and deadlines.

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Apply for UAA Scholarships
  3. Monitor your financial aid status on UAOnline
  4. Monitor your UAA correspondence
  5. Review your financial aid award letter
  6. Accept or decline your awards

  Financial Aid Checklist



Types of Financial Aid

There are many different types of funds available for students to help afford college.

"Free" Aid


Grants (e.g. Federal Pell) are need-based financial aid awards that do not have to be paid back, as long as you attend financial aid eligible classes.


UAA participates in a variety of Alaska scholarship programs, such as UA Foundation scholarships, Alaska Performance scholarships, UA Scholars, and UAA administration scholarships.

Aid you Pay Back

Federal Direct Loans

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.

Additional Payment Options

Students who need additional funds beyond what they qualify for in federal student aid (including Federal Direct Loans) or students who are not eligible for Federal Direct Loans may wish to consider additional payment options, such as a UAA Payment Plan, a parent/family education loan, and/or an alternative education loan.

Aid you Earn

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is designed to provide jobs to students to help them meet their educationally related expenses. Half of the money a student worker is paid comes from the program, and the other half comes from the university.

Federal Work Study is offered to students who show financial need and indicate interest in programs other than grants when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).



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Financial Planning Resources

Making the decision to pursue a degree is a big step, and there are many factors to consider when choosing where to enroll. The following resources are available to assist with comparing cost, financial assistance, and outcomes.

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College Scorecard

  • Created and hosted by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Compare information on cost, retention rates, and other critical data

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Cost of Attendance

  • Provided according to degree level (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Based on average cost for tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing and food, transportation, and personal expenses
  • Data is an estimate only, as each student's expenses will depend on many variables, including living arrangements
  • Students whose actual expenses exceed their estimates can submit a Cost of Attendance/Budget Adjustment form

Net Price Calculator

  • Estimates your cost and financial aid, according to the info you provide
  • Currently only available for undergraduate programs

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College Financing Plan

  • Available to student who complete the FAFSA and have applied to UAA
  • Provides clear, concise information on cost, financial aid, retention and graduation, and average debt information per career
  • Designed by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Easily compare cost and aid offers for schools you are considering
  • Access your UAA College Financing Plan by logging into UAOnline > Financial Aid > UAA > College Financing Plan