What types of financial aid are available at UAA?
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 Pell grants are awarded to undergraduate students that have no prior bachelor's or graduate degree. The amount can change yearly and is pro-rated based on credit load. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive throughout your lifetime is limited by federal law to be equivalent of six years of funding. Since the maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.
Students who receive a Federal Pell Grant and receive an "F" or a "NB" grade in a class must have participated in an academic activity in the class or their Federal Pell Grant may be reduced and the student will be required to repay some of the Federal Pell Grant received for that semester.
FSEOG may be awarded to undergraduate students that are attending at least half-time (6+credits). Funding is limited, therefore priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of zero. Priority is also based on the date that FAFSAs are received and processed- therefore, it's best to apply early.
Alaska Education Grant
The Alaska Education Grant (AEG) is a need-based grant offered by the State of Alaska. The deadline to apply is June 30th, although funding is limited so we encourage students to apply as early in the calendar year as possible. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit Alaska Education Grants on ACPE's website.
University of Alaska Completion Grant:
The purpose of the University of Alaska Completion Grant is to provide financial assistance for eligible students who wish to complete their degree more quickly.
To be eligible for this grant, the student must*:
- Be in good academic standing and meet SAP requirements
- Be admitted into a degree-seeking program
- Be an Alaska Resident per UA guidelines
- Enroll in at least 12 financial-aid-eligible credits per semester
- Have completed at least 30 credits during the preceding academic year
- Have a valid FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution of $10,000 or less.
*a small allocation of UA Completion Grant funding may be used for programs with differing eligibility criteria. These students will be notified of these eligibility exceptions directly.
Federal Work Study
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. *Please be aware - if FWS appears as an award offer, this money will never disburse to your student account to cover tuition/fee charges. Payment occurs via an external Human Resources process as you work and earn wages.
Visit UAA's Federal Work Study website for more information and instructions on how to apply for a work-study position.
Additional Federal Work Study information from the Federal Student Aid website.
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.
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 consider contacting our department.
For more information on the Federal Direct Loans offered to eligible UAA students, visit the following Department of Education websites:
Alternative Educational Loans, also known as Private Educational Loans, consist of any student loan that is not a federal student loan. For more information on these loans, general application instructions, and important considerations, visit UAA's Alternative Loan Webpage.
UAA offers both need-based and merit scholarships. The deadline to apply is February 15th prior to the academic year for which you are seeking scholarships. Instructions are detailed on the UAA Scholarship Instructions website. Eligibility criteria varies by scholarship. A list of individual scholarships can be found on the UAA Scholarship website.
The University of Alaska Foundation has scholarships that all students can apply to regardless of which UA University they are admitted to. The application and deadline is the same as for UAA Scholarships. For more information visit the UA Foundation Scholarship website.
APS is offered by the State of Alaska. For information including eligibility criteria visit APS on ACPE's website. Students can monitor their eligibility status in their Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) account. Award amounts cannot be finalized until the end of the add/drop period of every semester. UAA students should not expect their APS awards to be applied to their account until the second or third week of each semester.
This is a merit-based scholarship that students qualify for based on their class standing in high school. For initial and continuing eligibility criteria, award information, and more, visit the UA Scholars Program website.
UAA Administration Scholarships
UAA Administration 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 Administration Scholarship, students must:
- Be admitted into a degree or certificate program at UAA
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 for a graduate program, 2.8 for school and college awards for undergraduate students and 2.5 for administration awards for undergraduate students
University of Alaska 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. Enroll online at alaska529plan.com