Native Student Services


In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and social distancing recommendations, Native Student Services is open with limited capacity and hours. Our space is open Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm. Students can also schedule appointments on Zoom, by phone, or in person from 9am-5pm by contacting us at or 907-786-4000.

Native Student Services (NSS) provides a safe, affirming space on campus for Alaska Native, Native American, and rural Alaskan students. It is a gathering place where incoming and current students can find academic, advising, and cultural support; access resources; study with classmates; attend culturally empowering events, connect with community representatives; and interact with people who share similar experiences as Indigenous peoples.


Three NSS staff outside in front of wooden carved Native Student Services sign 


NET Program

 The NET Program supports Native students and students from rural Alaska as they transition to being a college student and to the UAA campus with preparatory, academic, and cultural support. There are a lot of steps to navigate (financial aid/scholarships, placement testing, housing application, course registration, etc.)-- we'll help each step of the way!

In the week before Fall semester starts, NET students living on campus can move into the residence halls early on Monday, August 22nd for Fall Semester 2022. Then all NET students can attend an orientation that week (Aug 22-26) where they will make sure they are ready for the first day of classes while also building community with other NET students. The NET Program continues through students' first year at UAA with semester-long courses just for NET students that provide academic and cultural support, grounded in Alaska Native values. NET is open to all UAA and UAA community campus students.

If you are interested: Complete the short NET application, and Paula Jones (NSS Student Services Coordinator) will be in contact to talk to you more about it!

Apply for the NET Program (Open now for Summer/Fall 2022 students)



Scholarship/Funding Resources

The CIRI Foundation Handbook is a great resource for all Alaska Native and Native American students. The front has a section for each region's Native Corporations that offer scholarships. In the back, we recommend using the Eligibility Index to find scholarships for specific majors.

We are updating our other documents this semester and will repost those soon!

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Native Student Services

 NSS Staff

Valerie Svancara

Interim Director 

907-786-4001 /

Paula Jones

Student Services Coordinator

907-786-4008 /

Cheryl Turner

Office Manager

907-786-4003 /

Amber Christensen Fullmer

Director [out of office until further notice]