State Scholarship & Grant FAQs

The state of Alaska has grant and scholarship funds to support students. Legislation was passed in August to fund the $350 million Higher Education Investment Fund. The state scholarship and grant will be available for the 2019-2020 academic year, but may be delayed in the awarding process. You can learn more about these programs and the awarding timelines below.

The APS and AEG are expected to be funded for fall 2019 and spring 2020. The legislature reserved funding for both programs and Governor Dunleavy signed the legislation on August 8, 2019.

Students can check their eligibility for APS through the state portal. Returning students can view their eligibility now. The class of 2019 will be able to view their eligibility in late August. UAF will receive eligibility information in late August. At this time, UAF does not have the ability to view new APS students.  

The Alaska Education Grant (AEG) is a state funded grant program for students that show high financial need. The grant is available for Alaskan residents with a 0 Expected Family Contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

The Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education (ACPE) will award Fall APS and AEin early September. UAF will receive information on awards soon afterward and will post directly to student accounts. There is a possibility of delay for new students due to a data transfer within the state system. The UAF Financial Aid Office will work with ACPE and the Office of the Bursar to post awards to student accounts as soon as we receive the information by the state. Students will not have late fees assessed for the delay in state aid disbursements. 

The deadline to complete the FAFSA to apply for APS and AEG was June 30, 2019. If you missed this deadline, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for late awards. 

Your current financial aid offer is not affected. Your federal aid (loans and grants) and UAF Scholarships are not impacted by this situation. The Financial Aid Office has advisors available to discuss your financial aid options and your bill. Please feel free to contact us at 907-474-7256, uaf-financialaid@alaska.edu or 107 Eielson Building. There is also a financial aid advisor located at the UAF Community & Technical College at 604 Barnette Street. 

All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal financial aid. Federal aid includes grants, work-study and low interest student loans. The priority deadline for UAF scholarships has passed, but we encourage you to complete the UAF Scholarship Application for any late applications. You can also join our scholarship listserve for announcements. 


The financial aid office can assist with the application process and discuss alternative ways to pay for college. You can reach them at 907-474-7256, uaf-financialaid@alaska.edu or 107 Eielson Building. There is also a financial aid advisor located at the UAF Community & Technical College at 604 Barnette Street.

The deadline to pay fall fees is September 6. Payment plan options are available through UAOnline. Payment plan details are available through the UAF Office of the Bursar (907-474-7384, uaf-bursar@alaska.edu). Students will not have late fees assessed for the delay in state aid disbursements. 

If you are considering accepting student loans for the 2019-2020 award year, you can complete an online tutorial called Entrance Counseling to learn more about the terms and conditions. Entrance counseling is required if this is your first time accepting a federal student loan. It can be completed multiple times if you need a refresher. The UAF Financial Aid Office can assist you in determining the amount you need to borrow for the academic year.