Scholarships for Alaskan Residents

Learn more about residency for tuition purposes. If you aren't sure if you are eligible for resident tuition, contact the UAF Office of Admissions at 907-474-7500 or uaf-admissions@alaska.edu.

Nanook Pledge Scholarship

We know how important financial certainty is to your ability to succeed as a student. With awards ranging from $1,000-$5,000, the Nanook Pledge scholarship provides four years of predictable financial assistance. Recipients must be enrolled full-time (12 UAF credits) during the fall and spring semesters and must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), meaning maintaining a GPA of 2.0+ and completing 67% of attempted classes.

Selection for this scholarship is based on previous academic success and the rate of tuition for which you qualify.

Students who graduate in less than four years may be eligible to use remaining years for a graduate program, with permission by the Financial Aid Office.

First-Year Students
 High School GPA 3.8+ $5,000 per year, $20,000 over four years
 High School GPA 3.5-3.79 $3,000 per year, $12,000 over four years
 High School GPA 3.34-3.49   $1,000 per year, $4,000 over four years
Transfer Students
 Previous College GPA 3.9+ $3,000 per year, $12,000 over four years
 Previous College GPA 3.5-3.89 $1,000 per year, $4,000 over four years

Apply for Admission to a bachelor’s degree and submit your high school transcripts and/or college transcripts.

Deadline: Admissions application and transcripts must be submitted before the admissions deadlines (June 15 for fall and November 1 for spring).

Nanook Commitment Scholarship

The Nanook Commitment scholarship is a renewable award for incoming first-year, transfer and readmitted University of Alaska Fairbanks students to help qualifying students bridge the gap between what they can afford and the cost of attendance. This scholarship is offered to students based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the admissions application. Students eligible for the Nanook Commitment will have guaranteed assistance towards their cost of attendance.

The Nanook Commitment Scholarship is calculated based on:

  • the student’s total cost of attendance, including their residency for tuition purposes. Changes in residency status may impact the amount of the scholarship.
  • their estimated family contribution (EFC) from their FAFSA,
  • their high school GPA, or college GPA if they have completed 30+ college credits
  • other Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA), such as Pell Grant, Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS), Nanook Pledge Scholarship, Alaska Adventure Award, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), athletic scholarships, and other aid they are receiving.

Scholarships range from $100-4,000 per year.

Students who graduate in less than four years may be eligible to use remaining years for a graduate program, with permission by the Financial Aid Office.

How to Apply:

Deadline: Admissions application, FAFSA and transcripts must be submitted before the admissions deadlines (June 15 for fall and November 1 for spring).

Alaska Performance Scholarship

The Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) is a merit-based scholarship available to Alaska high school students. It is state-funded, and administered by the Alaska Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE).

Note: UAF estimates the amount you may be eligible for so that you can see how it will impact your total financial aid package, however the estimation is not an official amount. Your high school counselor is your best resource for questions about eligibility, and we encourage you to work with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track to receive the award amount you expect.

In addition to maintaining good academic standing, this scholarship will require you to submit the FAFSA each year before June 30.

For the graduating class of 2022 the ACT/SAT criteria for the Alaska Performance Scholarship has not been waived. These exams are required for eligibility.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
up to $4,755 per year up to $3,566 per year up to $2,378 per year
High School GPA 3.5
ACT 25 or SAT 1210
Specified high school curriculum
High School GPA 3.0
ACT 23 or SAT 1130
Specified high school curriculum
High School GPA 2.5
ACT 21 or SAT 1060
Specified high school curriculum

Deadline: Submit the FAFSA each year before June 30.

UA Scholars Award

The UA Scholars Award is a $12,000 scholarship awarded to Alaska high school students who are in the top 10% of their class at the end of their junior year as determined by their school. The Award is distributed in the amount of $1,500 per semester for eight semesters.

No application is necessary. Students are designated by their high school based on their academic standing at the end of their junior year. Your high school counselor is your best resource for questions about eligibility. Students are notified of their selection for the UA Scholars award by the UA Scholars Office in the fall months of their senior year.

Alaska Education Grant

The Alaska Education Grant is state-funded, and administered by the Alaska Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE). Grant awards typically range from $500 to $4,000 per academic year. Award criteria includes:

  • Financial need, determined by the student's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as shown on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Prior academic year award recipient
  • Date of FAFSA filing
  • Enrollment level (full-time vs. half-time), as certified by the student's institution of attendance

To receive the maximum award, qualifying students must be enrolled in at least 15 credit hours for "On Time" enrollment status. Students with the highest financial need will be awarded in order of need until funds are exhausted.

A student may not receive more than a total of $16,000 in AEG award money over the course of their undergraduate education.

Eligibility
To qualify for an Alaska Education Grant a student must:

  • Be an Alaska resident for at least 365 days prior to filling the FAFSA, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be admitted into an undergraduate degree or vocational certificate program at a qualifying Alaska institution
  • Be enrolled at minimum half-time status
  • Not have earned a prior baccalaureate degree
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), meaning maintaining a GPA of 2.0+ and completing 67% of attempted classes.

How to Apply:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. UAF and ACPE encourages students to apply early for award prioritization.

Foundation Scholarships

UAF’s Kaleidoscope Scholarship Application Portal is an online database of more than 400 scholarships. Once you sign in and submit your General Application, you’ll be automatically matched with all the foundation scholarship opportunities that you qualify for. You can also search for scholarships by college or academic department.

Foundation scholarship deadlines: The deadline to apply for most UAF foundation scholarships is February 15 for the following academic year. However, application deadlines for many private and external scholarships will vary, so be sure to check back in the Scholarship Application portal under “External” opportunities

 

 

Want to find out more about what scholarships you qualify for?

Check out the calculators below.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Net Price Calculator provides a detailed cost-of-attendance analysis that can help guide a prospective student through estimating their financial aid options.

The average time to complete a full estimate is between 3-5 minutes. Please have a close estimate of your family's income and assets in order to ensure an accurate estimate of your cost of attendance.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Net Price Calculator provides a detailed cost-of-attendance analysis that can help guide a prospective student through estimating their financial aid options.

The average time to complete a full estimate is between 3-5 minutes. Please have a close estimate of your family's income and assets in order to ensure an accurate estimate of your cost of attendance.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the Net Price Calculator, please keep in mind that this estimate does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance. It shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks or the State, and may change. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in order to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes Federal grant, loan or work-study assistance under Title IV.

41% of full-time, first-year undergraduate students at UAF received assistance through scholarships and grants in the current academic year.