State of Alaska and UAA Grants and Scholarships

Requirement to Qualify: Complete the FAFSA every year!

For all State of Alaska AND UAA grants and scholarships, your FAFSA must be submitted by June 30th prior to the beginning of the academic year. Whether its scholarships, grants, or connecting students to federal aid that must be earned or paid back, the University of Alaska Anchorage has options for students to consider. Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for all federal, state, and need-based institutional aid. Financial aid for UAA first-year and continuing students have varying requirements. General eligibility criteria for each type of financial aid are provided by following the links below, however ALL students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive an award. Students who receive combinations of grants or scholarships equal to, or in excess of, their Cost of Attendance may not be eligible or may have their award reduced.

State of Alaska Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are financial aid awards that do not have to be paid back, as long as attendance is commenced in financial aid eligible classes and the student continues to actively participate in academically-related activity throughout the majority of the semester. The grant and scholarship programs funded by the State of Alaska require students to complete the  FAFSA every year.

Alaska Education Grant

The Alaska Education Grant (AEG) is a need-based grant offered by the State of Alaska. There is no need to file and application with the State of Alaska, simply complete your FAFSA by June 30th to be considered for an award. Students may see that they are "eligible" for an award in the MyAlaska - Student Aid Portal but this DOES NOT MEAN that they have been "awarded" and will receive funds. Funding is LIMITED so apply as early in the calendar year as possible. The FAFSA opens every year on October 1st and applying EARLY improves your chances of receiving an award! For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit Alaska Education Grants on ACPE's website.

Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS)

 APS is a scholarship offered by the state-run Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE). For information including eligibility criteria visit ACPE's Alaska Performance Scholarship information page. To review your eligibility and award amounts for State of Alaska programs, such as the Alaska Performance Scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant, please login to the  myAlaska – ACPE Student Aid Portal as these awards will not be reflected on your UAA award letter, until we receive notice from the State.

APS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Can I use my APS award for summer classes?

    Yes, in some cases:

    • If a student has not yet used the full annual award in Fall/Spring, there may be funds remaining to use in summer.
    • Accelerated Track – If a student has received the full annual award in Fall/Spring AND takes more than the minimum required credits during the academic year to graduate more quickly, funding may be available for the summer. Students should contact ACPE to request the Accelerated Track.
  • I did not earn enough credits this year to meet the continuing eligibility credit milestones. Can I make up credits in summer?
    Yes, missing credits can be made up in the summer to maintain eligibility for the upcoming Fall semester. Remember, students must be meeting continuing eligibility to use summer awards, so you will not be able to use your awards in summer if you are using summer to make up missing credits. You will need to think about other resources to pay your bill. Please contact our office if you don’t have a funding plan in place.
  • How do I maintain continuing eligibility?

    Both credit and GPA requirements are checked after every (2) disbursements

    Credits Earned Benchmark:

    • (2) Disbursements - 24 credits earned
    • (4) Disbursements - 54 credits earned
    • (6) Disbursements - 84 credits earned

     Cumulative GPA Benchmark:

    • First Year - 2.0
    • Each following Year - 2.5

     FAFSA: File the FAFSA EVERY YEAR by June 30th each year (Opens every October 1st)

    Enrollment status: Full-time or part-time - award amounts prorated between 100%/50%

  • When will UAA receive the list of APS-ELIGIBLE students?

    APS-eligible students will be able to see their APS awards on UAOnline in mid-to-late August.

    Why does it take so long? 

    Alaska schools report K-12 information to the Department of Education & Early Development (EED) during the summer months. EED reviews the data for completion and accuracy prior to extracting high school graduates and their APS eligibility information and transmitting this population to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE).  Upon receipt of the APS eligibility file, ACPE’s internal processes match the student records to submitted FAFSA information before it can be sent to UAA.

    * Continuing students in award years 2-4 are then reviewed by UAA to make sure they have met continuing eligibility benchmarks.

    * Transfer APS students should make sure they have UAA identified on the MyAlaska AK Student Aid Portal.

UAA Grants and Scholarships

The following list of UAA grants and scholarships have very different eligibility conditions. If you have been awarded one of these grants or scholarships, you'll find the following content helpful to understand the program requirements in additional to general student responsibilities. UAA scholarships are limited to Cost of Attendance. Students who receive other combinations of grants or scholarships equal to, or in excess of, their Cost of Attendance will not be eligible. 


UAA CARES Act - Student Relief Fund

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. UAA’s plan was established to assist students with the greatest need, in accordance with federal guidelines, while ensuring there were adequate funds available for those students who did not meet the initial grant selection group criteria. 

Awards have been broken into two separate categories: "UAA Student Emergency Grant" and the "UAA Student Emergency Fund". UAA released all of the "Emergency Grant" funds in the Spring 2020 semester. Students who may need assistance through the "UAA Student Emergency Fund" are encouraged to apply until funds have been exhausted. Please review the eligibility conditions by visiting the link provided.


UAA Workforce Advancement / UAA Incentive Grant

Funds for this program are in limited supply and were provided by the State of Alaska to support enrollment initiatives. UAA is using these funds to support Occupational Endorsement Certificates (FAST TRACK career certificates).  

For the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms: Applicants are eligible for renewable awards in the amount of $500 for part-time enrollment (6-11 credits) and $1000 for full-time enrollment (12+ credits). To be eligible, a student must be admitted, enroll in one of the certificate programs and complete at least 67% of Fall 2020 courses while maintaining a 2.0 GPA. 


UAA 49th Finishers Scholarship

The University of Alaska set aside money to help students with some college in finishing a 4-year degree. The 49th Finishers Scholarship is built to assist those who are returning to college after taking some time off. To gain eligibility for this scholarship you must fulfill all eligibility requirements, complete the application for admission and  FAFSA by July 15th for a Fall Semester start. Once eligibility is confirmed, students will be notified by email and the award will appear in UAOnline on the Financial Aid>Award Overview tab.

To be eligible for the 49th Finishers Scholarship you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have earned some college credit but no bachelor’s degree* 
  • Be taking 6 credits or more
  • Have completed the FAFSA
  • Be an Alaska resident
  • Current satisfactory academic progress must show an "eligible to receive aid" status

*If you are a returning UAA student, you must have a minimum two-year break from enrollment to be eligible.


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:

UAA Administration Scholarships are limited to Cost of Attendance. Students who receive other combinations of grants or scholarships equal to, or in excess of, their Cost of Attendance will not be eligible for UAA Administration Scholarships.
 
The Office of Financial Aid has limited UAA Administration Scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis for students experiencing financial hardship. To be considered, complete the UAA Administration Scholarship Request Form available on the UAA Financial Aid Forms page.

UA Scholars Award

The UA Scholars program offers a merit-based scholarship that students qualify for based on their class ranking in high school. The purpose of the UA Scholars Award is to provide an incentive for Alaska's middle and high school students to achieve academic excellence, to nourish efforts of schools to provide high quality education, and to encourage the top high school graduates from every community in Alaska to attend the University of Alaska.

The UA Scholars Award continues to keep Alaska's top high school graduates in state while continuing their education at the University of Alaska. UA Scholars enrich the academic environment at UA as they develop in their roles as future leaders of Alaska. They represent all the corners of the state and serve as ambassadors between their community and the university.

  • For initial and continuing eligibility criteria, award information, and more, visit the UA Scholars Program website. 
  • For new or current UA Scholars, review the UA Credit Milestones chart to determine how to remain in program compliance.
  • Remember, you must be enrolled full-time (12 undergraduate credits) to receive a disbursement. UAA is not authorized to approve requests to enroll in fewer credits. Appeals of this nature must be directed to the Statewide UA Scholars Program Office
  • UAA is authorized to consider exceptions to the GPA and Earned Credits Milestone requirements. To file an appeal you will need to work with your advisor and have a degree plan in place or your request will be denied. 

 UAA Recruitment Scholarship

The UAA Recruitment Scholarship is open to Incoming, first-time freshmen. UAA administration will use information provided on the submitted Application for Admission, and additional details deemed helpful such as high school GPA or answers provided on the completed FAFSA to make award decisions. Eligibility conditions may change based on the size of the applicant pool. This is a first-come, first-served award and most decisions will be made by between December and February for the upcoming academic year. If additional funds become available as students decline or do not attend, new pools of students who applied after February 15th may be considered.

  • Have submitted a UAA application for admission into a degree or certificate program, and be officially admitted before the Fall semester ends.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for those students who took UA classes during high school.
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 
UAA Recruitment Scholarships are limited to Cost of Attendance. Students who receive other combinations of grants or scholarships equal to, or in excess of, their Cost of Attendance will not be eligible.

UAA Seawolf Opportunities Scholarship

The UAA Seawolf Opportunities Scholarship is open to first-generation, first-time freshmen. UAA administration will use information provided on the submitted Application for Admission, and additional details such as high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, and the completed FAFSA to make award decisions. This is a multi-year $2000 award and most decisions will be made by between December and February for the upcoming academic year. If additional funds become available as students decline or do not attend, new pools of students who applied after February 15th may be considered.

  • Have submitted a UAA application for admission into a degree or certificate program, and be officially admitted before the Fall semester ends.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for those students who took UA classes during high school.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 their freshman year, and 2.5 in years 2 through 4.
  • Enroll full-time (12 credits) during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Be an Alaska Resident and U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Have an expected family contribution (EFC) less than or equal to 20% higher than the max EFC needed to receive any Federal Pell Grant during the time of initial award. In future years, the recipient must continue to demonstrate financial need based on their EFC and cost of attendance (COA).
  • Recipients must continuously enroll in every Fall/Spring semester, no leave of absence semesters are permitted, except in summer. 

National Merit Scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a United States academic scholarship competition for recognition and university scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). To be eligible for National Merit Scholarships, you must take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of your junior year – if completing high school in four years – and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, among other requirements. You also have to get a top score on the test.

TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP FROM UAA:


UAA Scholarships in the UA Scholarship Portal

The University of Alaska (UA) offers both need-based and merit scholarships within an application portal that is shared with all UA campuses. The scholarship application is open October 1st - February 15th for awards given out in the upcoming academic year. If you miss the deadline, complete the application anyway because new scholarships become available throughout the year. Eligibility criteria varies by scholarship and the  portal uses built-in filtering technology to match students records and send your application to a committee for review. For more information on how to apply and review eligibility criteria, visit the UA Scholarship Portal

* Incoming freshman who apply for admission to UAA by February 15th do not need to complete the UA Scholarship Application in order to be reviewed for scholarship eligibility. UAA will use information submitted by the prospective student during the application for admission process, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility. 

  • How to Apply for UAA Scholarships Between Oct 1 - Feb 15th EVERY Year

    Apply for UAA Scholarships Between October 1st - February 15th

    The  2021/2022 University of Alaska scholarship application will begin accepting applications from new* and continuing UAA students on OCTOBER 1st. Application content is deleted each year in September, just before the new scholarship application period opens. This exciting system has many useful features and benefits, including the ability to search, filter, and apply for scholarships based on answers provided on both the UA General Application and information imported from other areas of the University, such as Admissions and Registration.

    *Students NEW to UAA do not need to fill out the scholarship application to be considered for an award. Information collected during the application for admission process will be used to make awards from this group. Completing your FAFSA will increase your chances of being selected for an award.

    How to apply:

    1. Sign into the UA Scholarship Portal with your UA username and password.
    2. Complete the General Application and the system will sync with your imported, university-stored data, like degree program, major, and GPA. Auto-matching technology "pushes" your application to be reviewed for scholarship opportunities if you meet eligibility qualifications.
    3. The system will ALSO provide you with a list of "Other Recommended" scholarships, unique to your imported data and answers you provided on the general application. These "other opportunities" require you to answer additional questions and/or provide subject-matter specific essays. Any additional requested essays or references must also be submitted in the portal by February 15th. For those scholarships that require a "reference letter", you must send an automated invitation from within the portal to your sponsors. The sponsor will access the secure portal to provide reference content.  It is critical that you use your UA faculty reference's UA email address. To look this up, use the UA Directory Search tool.
    4. After you complete the applications, you're done! If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award email to your UAOnline "preferred" email address. You can also check on the status of your application by signing back into the scholarship portal at any time.
    5. Follow up! The system also includes information on private and external scholarships. These deadlines change often so check back under "External" opportunities.

UA Scholarship Portal FAQ

  • How long can I continue to edit my UAOnline Scholarship Profile Essays?
    Remember, you can still make changes to your scholarship profile essays in the UA Scholarship portal until Feb. 15th, even if you have already submitted it. As you pursue educational goals, reshaping your application will increase your chances of receiving scholarships that fit what you are currently studying. If you need assistance writing your UAOnline Application profile essays, attend one of our Savvy Seawolf scholarship workshops or reach out to the UAA Writing Center for assistance.
  • Why should I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

    The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used for two things:

    1. The FAFSA provides biographical information that may be used to help identify eligible applicants for some scholarships.
    2. Some scholarships require that students demonstrate "financial need" to receive an award. "Financial need" is measured by the difference between annual college expenses and the potential amount that your family can afford to contribute. Please don't skip applying for "need based" scholarships, just because you and your family don't qualify for "financial need." Lacking federally-defined "financial need" does not mean you are ineligible for scholarships at UAA.
    3. The FAFSA must also be submitted by February 15th in order for financial need to be determined for UAA Scholarships.
  • Do I need to renew my UAA Scholarship Application every year?
    YES! Your completed General Application will be archived and removed from the system in September, so it is best to save a copy of it in a personal cloud or on a storage device or you will need to rewrite your essays each year. You must complete a new one between October 1 - February 15  for the upcoming academic year.  (For example, applications submitted between October 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021 will be considered for an award during the 2021/2022 academic year.) 
  • What is the deadline to apply for UAA Scholarships?
    The deadline to apply for most scholarships is February 15th. For example, applications submitted between October 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021 will be considered for an award during the 2021/2022 academic year. Scholarships that open outside of the normal application period will also match with your data, so keep an eye out for an email from the UA Scholarship Portal informing you to sign back into the portal during the academic year to complete any newly added additional requirements.
  • Do incoming, first-time freshmen need to apply using the UA Scholarship Portal?

    Incoming, first-time freshmen *DO NOT NEED to apply for freshmen-only UAA scholarships using the UA Scholarship Portal. UAA administration will use information provided on the submitted Application for Admission, and additional details such as high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, and the FAFSA to make award decisions. Eligibility conditions may change based on the size of the applicant pool. This is a first-come, first-served award and most decisions will be made by February for the upcoming academic year. If additional funds become available as students decline or do not attend, new pools of students who applied after February 15th may be considered.

    *Incoming freshmen MAY fill out the general application within the UA Scholarship portal once they have a UA Username/Password. It can take up to 2 business days for a student to be assigned a login username/password. Since UAA does not use the UA Scholarship portal to select "incoming-freshmen" scholarship recipients, no exceptions will be made if you are not able to gain access to the portal before the February 15th deadline. It is critical to apply for admission BEFORE February to guarantee that you will have enough time to successfully complete the OPTIONAL scholarship application in order to be considered for an award from the University of Alaska (UA) Statewide Office and other campuses within UA.

  • Have I been awarded?
    • If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive an award letter at your UA email address. Most award letters will be sent before June 1st. Scholarship awards will automatically be added to your UAOnline Financial Aid "Awards" area as a resource so you can determine if you will have enough funds to cover next year's costs. REMEMBER: In the award letter, you are sent a link to the scholarship so that you can make sure to comply with eligibility conditions. Changing degree programs or failing to enroll in the required number of credits can prevent you from receiving an award.  
    • Only scholarship recipients will be notified. Students who submit an application and are not selected for an award will not be notified because awards can be made year-round, including in the summer semester.
  • Where do I send my 'Thank You' letter?

    Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who truly believe in the mission of UAA and they give to support the educational endeavors of students just like you. They typically ask for nothing in return except for receiving a well-written "thank you" statement from a student. This is always special to them and lets the donor know that the scholarship was greatly appreciated. Your "thank you" reminds them why they gave a donation of money in the first place and often helps secure continuing gifts for future students. 

    We've made it even easier to say "Thank You" to the scholarship donors! Once you've received an emailed award letter from the UA Scholarship Portal, there will be a link provided so you can log back into the portal and answer a series of questions that we will share with the donor. A formal letter mailed/emailed to UAA is NO LONGER necessary. If you no longer have the email that was sent to you, simply log into the UA Scholarship portal and select "My Applications". Scholarships that you have been awarded will be included at the bottom of the page with a link so you can answer a series of questions that we will share with the donor. 

    Things to think about before crafting your responses:

    1. Write clearly and concisely
    2. Double-check for typos and grammatical errors
    3. Express enthusiasm
    4. Be sincere
    5. Make it personal - tell why this scholarship is important to you.

    Below are some examples of questions you may be asked:

    • A donor provided this funding to help students like you have a positive educational experience. How does receiving this scholarship help you to that end?
    • What would you like to say to the donor that provided your scholarship?
    • Why did you choose to attend the University of Alaska?
    • What has been your best experience on campus?

    You're also welcome to upload a photo of yourself that can be shared with the donor but this is not a requirement.