UAA Financial Aid

Welcome to UAA!

Whether you attend our Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna, Kodiak or Prince William Sound college campus, you’re in the right place to explore the many scholarship, grant, loan, and work-study options available that help make paying for college in ALASKA AFFORDABLE.

We're here to help!

UAA Financial Aid staff are currently working via remote to administer financial aid programs to support you during your enrollment in Anchorage or at one of our community campuses. Many students and families are facing challenging and uncertain times and we hope you will reach out to us if you need any financial aid support or advice. It is our goal to assist you in a timely manner and to the best extent possible by providing accurate information so you can make informed decisions about your college funding options.

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    Federal Cares Act Funding Update

    The 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.

    For more information visit "UAA CARES Act Funding"

     

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    FAFSA Friday Help Available!

     The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step towards receiving federal, state, and institutional financial aid at UAA. Some scholarships like the Alaska Performance Scholarship require you to file a FAFSA every year. UAA staff are available for virtual FAFSA assistance on Fridays through the end of July 2021. Use this form to request an appointment. We may not be able to accommodate same day appointment requests, however, we will do our best to schedule your appointment during your first preferred appointment time(s).

    Once your request is filed, you will receive three emails:

    1. The first is a copy of your answers given on the request form
    2. The second will confirm we received your request
    3. The third will identify and confirm the time and date of your scheduled session, along with helpful tips to prepare for your appointment.

    *Individuals who need accessibility accommodation to fully engage and participate with us in a Zoom session will be able to request help when filling out the appointment request. If you have any questions, please contact the UAA Office of Financial Aid at UAA_FinancialAid@uaa.alaska.edu or (907) 786-1480, Option 4. 

    Request your FAFSA Friday Appointment!

     

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    Request SUMMER Financial Aid

    If you are attending classes during the summer semester, financial aid may be available to help you cover your costs. Our team is here to help you figure out what your options are to pay for summer classes.

    • Often students will exhaust their full allowance of federal or state financial aid during the Fall and Spring semesters, so it's important to plan ahead if you are considering taking summer classes. 
    • The summer semester is also an excellent time to make up low GPA or unmet benchmark requirements for scholarships such as the Alaska Performance Scholarship and the UA Scholars Program.
    • Work with your advisor to choose the right classes, summer sessions are a shorter-length but just as much work as a regular-length semester class.

     

    Learn how to Request Summer Financial Aid!

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    49th Finisher's 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.

    For more information visit "UAA's 49th Finisher's Scholarship"

     

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    Alaska Performance Scholarship

    The priority deadline for APS recipients to file the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline was June 30th however students who apply after this date will be considered by the State of Alaska if additional funds become available.

    1. NEW STUDENTS who graduated high school in May 2020: The State is waiving certain requirements. To read more on the COVID-related changes, visit ACPE's New Student Q&A 
    2. CONTINUING STUDENTS: The State is waiving the credit hour requirements for APS continuing eligibility for the 2019/2020 academic year, but not the GPA requirement. To read more on this topic, visit APS Continuing Eligibility Course Requirement – Q&A 
    3. Award Eligibility can be viewed first in the MyAlaska - Student Aid Portal and once you appear in UAA's roster, the award will be added to UAOnline. If you do not see an award and think you should, it could mean there is an eligibility issue problem. We can help!
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    Loan Comparison Tool Available!

    UAA has a new loan comparison tool so you can more easily find the right private loan to help you pay for college. Alternative Educational Loans (ALT), also known as private educational loans, consist of any student loan that is not a federal student loan. ALT loans offer additional financial assistance to students and families.

    • U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-citizens: Alternative loans should ONLY be considered after applying for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • International Students and Non-citizens (not eligible to complete the FAFSA): may be eligible to borrow private, alternative loans.

     

    USE THE PRIVATE LOAN COMPARISON TOOL

     

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Searched the Website and Still Have Questions?

UAA Financial Aid is permitted to apply awarded aid to student accounts 10 days before the start of a semester after verifying that a student is in an eligible admission, enrollment, and satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status.

There are three (3) student account statuses you might see in UAOnline:

  1. A CREDIT BALANCE EXISTS: This looks like a negative sign in front of a $ dollar amount on your UAOnline account. Once you see a negative balance, this means that UAA Office of the Bursar is preparing to issue you a refund within 7-10 days. If a negative balance exists for longer than 10 business days, you may contact the UAA Office of the Bursar directly: uaa_bursar@alaska.edu
  2. NO CREDIT BALANCE EXISTS: After financial aid awards have been applied to your tuition and fee charges, if you do not see a negative balance, this could mean that you do not have enough financial aid to cover all of your costs. You will need to either apply for a UAA Payment Plan or use personal funds to cover your remaining balance before the payment deadline has passed. If you see financial aid in UAOnline that has not been released yet, you should contact us for an explanation.
  3. NO AWARDED FINANCIAL AID HAS BEEN APPLIED: You may still have outstanding tasks to complete before you are eligible, such as admissions, enrollment, or SAP requirements. It is critical for you to regularly check your student account balance and ask us when you have questions or concerns. An account in good standing has many benefits, such as the privilege to charge textbooks and avoid late fees. SAVVY SEAWOLVES have accounts in good standing!

Private donor scholarship checks received from non-UAA sources should be mailed to UAA's Office of the Bursar. These checks, once received, will be visible on your UAOnline>Financial Aid Overview but they will not be posted to your student account and applied to your charges earlier than 10 business days prior to the first day of the semester. Due to the manual processing nature of these awards, please allow 10 business days from the date the funds are received by UAA for posting to the student account. Processing times may vary with volume during peak periods.  Dropping or withdrawing from courses after your scholarship has been posted to your student account may require funds to be returned to the donor, creating a balance due to UAA on your student account.

Mailing Address: University of Alaska Anchorage, Attention: Office of the Bursar, P.O. Box 141609, Anchorage, AK 99514

Please refer to UAA's Student Accounts and Refunds page for important student and private donor instructions. Find helpful answers to common questions under the "Private Donor Scholarships" heading.

 UA College Savings Plan: The UA College Savings Plan is a “529” plan, which means it’s a tax-advantaged way to put aside money for higher education tuition and other education-related expenses. Request a distribution over the phone by calling 1-800-478-0003, or complete a Request a Distribution Form and submit it by mail. Additionally, you may request distributions online (except from the ACT Portfolio) by logging into your account. For more information and instructions on how to enroll, visit The UA College Savings Plan website. Similar 529 College Savings Plans will have similar procedures. Refer to your online account or account summary statements for guidance. 

The Office of Financial Aid is temporarily closed to walk-in traffic due to statewide and local measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). There are several options to connect with our staff.  Once restrictions have lifted, our office will be located in the new Enrollment Services Center on the UAA main campus.

  • Zoom online consultation appointments are available upon request. (You do not need a Zoom account to participate.)

The Office of Financial Aid website has comprehensive information to help you understand and make better informed decisions about funding your education goals. If you cannot find what you're looking for quickly, please reach out to us by phone or email, we'd be happy to help. Your questions are important to our team!


 BY DIRECT MESSAGE TO OUR EMAIL INBOX: 

Enter the question or concern you would like UAA's Financial Aid Team to answer.

 

BY PHONE - Office of Financial Aid Call Center: 

UAOnline contains "live" information relevant to your financial aid offers and student account status. Consider logging into UAOnline before calling so Financial Aid staff can help explain what you see on your own student account.

Extended Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, August 17th - September 4th
Regular Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, except for Wednesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone Number: 907-786-1480


BY MAIL/FAX/EMAIL:

Before sending any documents in the mail, look on the UAOnline account >Financial Aid< "Financial Aid Status" to make sure UAA has requested this information. Some listed requirements are online forms that allow document attachments instead of waiting for mail processing. Find instructions on how to use online forms on the "VERIFY Your Financial Aid Status" tab.

  • Mailing Address: Office of Financial Aid, 3211 Providence Drive, ESC, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Email Address: financial.aid@uaa.alaska.edu
  • Fax Number: 907-786-6122

IN-PERSON OR ZOOM CONSULTATIONS: 

*Currently, UAA is not meeting with the public in-person in compliance with State and Municipality COVID-19 guidelines, however we are available by using either Google Hangout or Zoom online counseling sessions. Please send us an email to request an online session with one of our advisors. 

  • Zoom online consultation appointments are available upon request. (You do not need a Zoom account to participate.)

Once restrictions have lifted and UAA reopens to the public, our office will be located in the new Enrollment Services Center on the UAA main campus. Please note, parking will not be free at that time, however there is a payment kiosk available as well as an online parking payment portal.