Scholarships & other types of aid

For new and continuing students: UAF offers over 450 scholarships. You can apply for all of these scholarships with our one UAF scholarship application.  Each scholarship has different criteria. The deadline to apply for most UAF scholarships is February 15 for the following academic year. Some scholarships may be available after this date. To stay informed about late applications, you can subscribe to the UAF scholarship emailing list.

How to apply

  1. Log in to AcademicWorks with your UA username and password.
  2. Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented. The system syncs with your data. You are automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which you meet the criteria and the system provides additional "recommended" scholarships that may be available to you.
  3. After you complete the applications, you're done! 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.
  4. Follow up. The system also includes information on private and external scholarships. These deadlines change often so check back under "External" opportunities.

Deadline reminder:

Your completed General Application will be archived and removed from the system in August. You must complete a new General Application at the beginning of each fall semester. If "Financial Need" is a requirement, you must file a FAFSA between October 1 and February 15. The deadline to apply for most scholarships is February 15.

Admissions scholarships info at a glance

  • Admissions offers four merit-based scholarships—Nanook Gold, Chancellor's, Cornerstone Gold, and Cornerstone—to first-year students upon acceptance to UAF.
  • Human Achievement, Academic Achievement and Ad Summum scholarships are reserved for first-year students and use the essays from AcademicWorks.
  • The Pioneer scholarship also uses the essays from AcademicWorks and is reserved for transfer students.
Merit Scholarships Minimum award amount GPA ACT SAT Other requirements
Nanook Gold Full tuition 4.0 30 1410 First-time freshman
Chancellor's $4,000 3.6 27 1300 First-time freshman
Cornerstone Gold $2,500 for 2 years ($5,000 total) 4.0 30 1410 UA Scholar
Cornerstone $2,500 3.6 27 1300 UA Scholar

Service Scholarships Minimum award amount GPA ACT SAT Other requirements
Human Achievement $2,500 2.5 18 950 First-time freshmen, a record of volunteer service to a community, non-profit organization(s) or special interest group as well as a commitment to high academic standards.

Recruitment/Retention Scholarships Minimum award amount GPA ACT SAT Other requirements
Academic Achievement $2,500 3.0 24 1200 First-time freshman
Ad Summum Variable 3.0 18 950 First-time freshman
Pioneer Variable 3.0 N/A N/A Transfer and returning

UAF receives the Alaska Performance Scholarship for eligible students around the first day of classes for each term. Initial eligibility is determined by your high school. Continuing eligibility is determined by UAF. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete 24 credits your first year of the award and a 2.5 GPA and complete 30 credits per year afterwards. The FAFSA must be submitted each year before June 30 to use the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Transfer credits and summer credits can count for your continuing eligibility needs. For more information, visit the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.

Scholarships are available from many outside agencies. Please check with your employer, parents’ employers, corporations, and many other companies to check on eligibility for awards.

Grants can be used for any educational expense. They do not need to be repaid after graduation.

The Alaska Education Grant is a need-based grant available to undergraduate students who are Alaska residents. Awards are prorated based on your enrollment status: On-time is 15 or more credits, full time is 12-14 credits, and half time is 6-11 credits. The Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education determines eligibility for this award around the first day of classes each semester. To be considered, you must complete the FAFSA before June 30, submit any requested forms to complete your financial aid file and complete the Intent form send from ACPE to potentially eligible students within 30 days. The AEG ranges from $750 to $2000 each semester. Summer awards are usually not available.

THE FSEOG grant is a need-based grant available to undergraduate students. Eligibility is determined by the FAFSA. The award is about $250 a semester. Summer awards may be available.

The Pell grant is need-based grant available to undergraduate students. Eligibility and award amount is determined each year by the FAFSA. Awards are prorated based on your enrollment status. Full time students (12 or more credits) are eligible for the full amount of the semester award. Summer Pell grants may also be eligible. To determine your summer Pell award, please submit a Notice of Summer Enrollment (PDF) to the Financial Aid Office after you have registered in summer courses. The Pell grant ranges from $300 to over $3000 per semester.

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.  For more information, who qualifies and conditions, visit the TEACH Grant website.  

A loan for college costs is money that must be repaid. Loans represent a major source of assistance you should consider as you try to meet the full costs of your education. Educational loans generally have long-term repayment schedules, offer low interest rates, often have provisions for deferring payments and may offer additional benefits related to financial need.

Before you borrow money for college, you should understand the specific conditions and requirements regarding disbursements, deferments and repayment options. If you fail to meet the conditions of the promissory note, you may be denied all federal aid, lose your good credit rating and be unable to borrow money to buy a car or home. Loan terms are subject to change at any time.

The subsidized loan is a need-based loan for undergraduate students from the US Department of Education. Eligibility for this loan is determined by the FAFSA. You must be enrolled in 6 or more credits to receive this loan. The interest for this loan does not accrue while you are enrolled in school at least half time and during your six-month grace period. There is an origination fee of approximately 1% charged by the US Department of Education, which is automatically deducted at the time of disbursement.

The unsubsidized loan is available for all eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Eligibility for this loan is determined by the FAFSA. You must be enrolled at least as a half time student (6 or more credits for undergraduate students and 5 or more graduate level credits for graduate students). The interest on this loan accrues on the account from the date of disbursement. Payments on the interest and principal are not required during periods of half time enrollment and during your six-month grace period. There is an origination fee of approximately 1% charged by the US Department of Education, which is automatically deducted at the time of disbursement.

The PLUS loan is available to graduate students or parents of dependent students. The eligibility for this loan is determined by the FAFSA and by the amount of financial aid received. This is a credit based loan, which has a secondary application. If denied, you may re-apply with a co-signer. If the parent of a dependent student is denied, you may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loan funds.

Alternative loans are available through the state agency or private banks. We encourage you to accept federal student loans before applying for alternative loans. You should review the terms and conditions for all loans before accepting. Alternative loans are credit based loans with separate applications. All alternative loans will require a Loan Acceptance Disclosure approval by the student after loan is accepted and will have a mandatory 10-day holding period before disbursement.

You can search for loans that best meet your needs.

Common Alternative Loans

Alaska Student Loans

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE), the state’s higher education agency, is a State of Alaska program offering low-cost education loans to students and their parents or family members. ACPE offers a discounted interest rate on their Alaska Supplemental Education Loan (ASEL) to students attending an Alaska higher education institution. Learn more about Alaska’s state student loans.

Discover Student Loans

Discover offers student loans that can help fill the gap between federal student loans and other financial aid to help pay for college.

Sallie Mae Student Loan

Sallie Mae offers student loans for undergraduate students. You can borrow up to your remaining Cost of Attendance.

Wells Fargo Loans

Wells Fargo offers a variety of student loans, offering you options to find the loan that best suits your needs.

Fast Facts

  1. Federal Work Study is a program that allows college students to work at their university in exchange for Federal Work Study funds.
  2. Half of the money a student worker is paid comes from the FWS program, and the other half comes from the university department.
  3. Federal Work Study is available to students who show financial need and indicate interest in program other than grants when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. Federal Work Study funding is a limited amount of money provided to UAF by the U.S. Department of Education.  Students should submit their FAFSA and apply for student employment early to increase their chance of receiving funding.
  5. Federal Work Study student employees are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week when school is in session, so that university employment does not interfere with academic studies.  You must always check with your supervisor before working extra hours.
  6. Please be aware that earnings from student employment funded by Federal Work Study do not disburse to your student account.  Payment occurs via an external Human Resources process as you work and earn wages.

Apply for Federal Work Study Today

Go to the University of Alaska Human Resources website.  Search for Student Employee Positions, select those you would like to apply for, and submit an application to the University.  For most jobs, you will also be required to submit a resume and other documents.

To be hired for most positions, you will have to complete an interview.  When you are hired for a University position, remember that this is a real job.  It’s important to show up on time, notify your supervisor if you will be absent, and fulfill your obligations.

Federal Work Study Employee Responsibilities

  • Begin work only after all new hire paperwork has been completed.
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid and your immediate supervisor at once if you withdraw from the University or drop below half-time (6 credit hours).  You cannot receive Federal Work Study funds in you are taking less than 6 credit hours.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to the SAP policy of the University.
  • No students can work during times scheduled for their classes.
  • Report time worked accurately and in a timely manner every pay period (every two weeks).
  • Notify supervisor in advance if rearranging regularly scheduled hours.
  • Notify supervisor of absences in advance.
  • Refrain from conducting personal business while working.
  • Do not misuse University property, including keys, access cards, office equipment, vehicles, or mail and phone service.
  • Be professional and respectful while on the job.  Discuss dress and appearance with your supervisor.