What Are Scholarships?

Scholarships are financial awards that can be used to pay for tuition, housing, books and other costs related to college. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, community involvement and other achievements. Need-based scholarships are awarded based on financial need and require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College scholarships are awarded by the federal government, state agencies, universities, private organizations and other donors. The donor or department funding the scholarship typically sets the criteria for how it’s awarded.



How To Apply for Scholarships


  1. Log in to our Scholarship Application System with your UA username and password.

  2. Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented. You’ll be automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which you meet the criteria. The system also provides additional recommended scholarships that may be available to you.

  3. If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award email to your UA email address. You can also check on the status of your application by logging back into the system at any time.

Scholarship deadlines

The deadline to apply for most UAF 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 System under “External” opportunities.