Come Back to College.
We Can Help.
Have you earned some college credit but not a degree?
Become a 49th Finisher and let UAA help you graduate, expand your career opportunities
and reach your dreams. Together, with your drive to complete college and 49th Finishers Scholarship tuition
assistance, UAA can support you in finishing your degree and propel you in the direction
you want to go in life. Whether you took a break from your studies to focus on family,
work, or other endeavors — or studied elsewhere, there is a home for you at UAA. This
opportunity is available for eligible students at any of UAA's campuses.
You’ve got this - Apply for the Fall 2023 semester by June 15, 2023
*The scholarship is renewable for continuous Fall/Spring enrollment up to $8,000 maximum
if the recipient renews their FAFSA each academic year and continues to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Am I Eligible?
To qualify, you must:
- Be a new incoming transfer student or a former degree-seeking student at UAA who has
some college credit but no bachelor’s degree. If you are a returning UAA student, you must have not taken a UAA class since Summer
2020 to be eligible.
- Apply for, and be admitted to, a baccalaureate or associate program for Fall 2023.
- Be an Alaska resident.
- Have completed the FAFSA.
- Show satisfactory academic progress.
- Meet all deadlines.
For the 49th Finishers Scholarship only students who can show Alaska residency through
Option A and Option B on the residency application will be considered. Those who apply
for and meet Option C (Exemption of Nonresident Surcharge) are not eligible. If you
meet other eligibility requirements but your residency is undetermined, you will receive
notification to submit the residency application.
To receive the 49th Finishers Scholarship:
- Complete the readmit/transfer application for admission by June 15, 2023.
- Complete the FAFSA by July 15, 2023.
- Must have a complete admission file and residency determination completed by July
15, 2023. The Office of Admissions will notify students who meet other requirements
who have an incomplete file and/or an undetermined residency status shortly after
the June 15th deadline.
Apply for Admission
How and when will I be notified if I am awarded?
The first round of notifications will be sent out shortly after the June 15th deadline.
For students who need to finalize their admission and/or residency status, eligibility
notification will occur in July and August. Those students who do not meet eligibility
conditions will not be notified.
Will I be notified if I am not eligible?
UAA will only notify students who are eligible for the scholarship.
The benefits of earning a college degree are boundless
A new study from Kansas State University has found that students who return to college to finish a bachelor's degree see immediate
increases in their annual income after graduation. A diploma from UAA will equip you
with the tools you need to navigate and lead in our ever-evolving world.
Top reasons to finish your degree at UAA:
"I think all of our nontraditional students are a sign that UAA is actually ingrained
in the community.”
Rose came back to Alaska after some time away from her studies and chose UAA because
of the affordability and open access, which quickly enabled her to focus on her academic
goals. At UAA, she realized the importance of getting involved on campus. She immersed
herself in student government and other student leadership roles. Rose now plans to
pursue a Master’s degree while continuing her passion for languages by teaching English
"I look at education as the engine of social mobility. I find myself to be proof of
Gabrielle’s path to earning her degree was lengthy and not without challenges. Her
passion for science was reignited from a UAA on-campus lab assistant job and reaffirmed
why she was pursuing an education. Fourteen years in the making, Gabrielle attributes
staying focused and following her interests to helping her receive her geology diploma.