Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS)
What it is and How it Works:
Using the APS scholarship at UAA is a great way to pursue your degree or certificate with as little debt as possible. UAA would like to help you maximize your scholarship and promote the most efficient way to use your financial assistance to complete your goals successfully. The full time option is closely aligned with the Stay on Track guidelines at UAA. http://www.alaska.edu/stayontrack/. The University of Alaska Anchorage is required to certify student enrollment as of the census date, or the add/drop deadline for each term. This ensures students are meeting continuing eligibility requirements and are being paid accurately for any coursework adjustments made as of that deadline. To receive the maximum amount of award you are eligible for, please make sure you have finalized your registration as early as possible.
For APS certification purposes, Full time (FT) is defined as 12 credits or more for undergraduate students and 9 credits or more for Graduate students. Half time (HT) is defined as between at least 6 and 11 credits or between 5 and 8 credits for Graduate students.
Regardless of a student's FT or HT status, the APS is designed as an eight disbursement only format to be used within 6 years of graduation from high school.* This means that a half time student will receive a proration of their eligibility, while a full time student will receive up to 100% of their award. This is contingent on continued eligibility based on academic progress, enrollment status, other need based money student may have received in their budget, Cost of Attendance and that the student maintains the minimum required GPA as outlined below.
Comparison of Full Time versus Half Time Bachelor's or Associate's degree-seeking students:
A FT student is nearly finished with a Bachelor's degree if they meet continuing eligibility requirements after 8 disbursements. This student has maximized their use of the scholarship. A HT student in pursuit of an Associate's degree would be nearly finished with their goals after 8 disbursements. Students may decline a half time award in order to maximize their use and receive a full time award in a later term.
Certificate students have the additional requirement of completing the certificate in order to meet continuing eligibility requirements.
Graduate Students are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA for the entire enrollment period.
*Attention: The State Board of Education adopted the APS regulation allowing for an extension of eligibility (4 AAC 43.045). Students now have an option to apply for an extension of the eligibility period for APS in certain situations. Those UAA affiliate students who wish to apply for an extension should be directed to Dr. Susan Kalina, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Dr. Kalina will work with the appropriate dean or community campus director to accommodate the request for the required statement. That contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org and the email subject line should read Request extension for Alaska Performance Scholarship(APS) and cc Kaytlyn Church at email@example.com.
The requirements for this request are:
- The student must submit to the State of Alaska commissioner a written request for a scholarship eligibility extension.
- The request must be accompanied by a signed statement from the institution of higher learning in which the student is admitted or enrolled attesting that the student has experienced or is experiencing an enrollment delay due to the availability of coursework required by the degree program the student is pursuing, and that the enrollment delay is beyond the student's control.
- The eligibility extension request must be postmarked no later than 30 days before the student's period of scholarship eligibility under AS 14.43.825(b) is set to expire. The address for the submission is PO BOX 11050, Juneau, AK. 99811-0500.
Visit ACPE's website for further information regarding the Alaska Performance Scholarship.