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FAQs

General

Financial Aid is financial assistance for students to apply to their college expenses including grants, scholarships, loans, or work study.

You can view the annual estimated cost of attendance here.

Just remember, these amounts are estimates on how much it will cost to attend the University of Alaska Southeast. Estimated costs vary depending on your housing situation (living on or off campus or with your parents), if you are an undergraduate or a graduate student, how many credits you register for, and other circumstances. Find more information and a detailed outline of the tuition and fees here.

You must be admitted to a degree program to receive Financial Aid. You will also need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is your one-stop application for any federal aid including the Pell Grant, Direct Loans, and more.

On the other hand, AcademicWorks is the general scholarship application portal for the University of Alaska. Applicants will be automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which they meet the criteria. Log in to AcademicWorks with your UA username and password.

Additionally, please look at our Financial Aid Home Page to view important financial aid dates and deadlines.

Deadlines are based on the funding agency programs (scholarship, grants etc.). Confirm with your funding agency for their exact deadlines.

To receive federal aid it is recommended and preferred that you apply before the semester starts. The first day you can fill out the FAFSA is January 1st for the next aid year. For example, if you were to attend college in the Fall of 3000, you would be able to complete the FAFSA on January 1, 3000.

To receive financial aid you must be admitted to an eligible degree program. Application for Admissions deadline can be viewed here.

You would comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and remain enrolled in a degree program. Each award year, you will complete the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Status + Awards

You can find this on UAOnline.

Step 1: Log in to uaonline.alaska.edu

Step 2: Click on Financial Aid

Step 3: Click on Financial Aid Status

Step 4: Select the Current Aid Year

Now you are able to see your student requirements, the message for each requirement, if there are any holds placed onto your account and your academic progress.

To accept your awards, log in to your UAOnline account.

Step 1: Log in to uaonline.alaska.edu

Step 2: Click on Financial Aid

Step 3: Click on Award then Award by Aid Year

Step 4: Select the Current Aid Year

Step 4: Click Accept Award Offer

There are drop-down menus next to each award you are eligible for. Select the carat next to "Select Decision" and options will pop up to accept or decline. If you would like to accept a partial amount, indicate the amount in the textbox to the right of "Select Decision."

You will be notified by your UAS student email address or the email address you provided on your FAFSA application. If no email address is provided we will correspond to you via US mail. Please inform the Financial Aid Office if you prefer to use a different email address or you can fill out the change of status form.

Fund disbursement depends on your funding source. If you have state or federal funding, your funds will likely be disbursed electronically to your student account balance a few days before the start of the term. If you have more financial aid funds than university charges, a refund check will be issued to you.

Endorse checks and pick up refunds at the Student Accounts Office in the Novatney Building (907-796-6267), or at the Business Office (Ketchikan 907-225-2256 and Sitka 907-747-6653).

See Disbursement Procedures for more information.

If your federal award falls short of your costs, you can:

  • Apply for scholarships.

  • Seek employment. There are on-campus jobs for students that are part-time and have flexible schedules.

  • Make payment arrangements over the course of the semester for your university-related charges:

    • Contact the Student Accounts Office at 907-796-6267 and ask about monthly payment plans.

Apply for an alternative or "private" loan.

FAFSA

University of Alaska Southeast's school code is 001065.

You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year that you wish to receive Federal Financial Aid. Make sure you enter UAS School Code: 001065

For scholarships, many require a new application or a renewal application. Make sure you contact the scholarship coordinators at the organizations for their criteria.

Visit www.studentaid.gov to view information about completing the FAFSA. You can find tips and the documents you will need to reference here.

Yes! You will, at the very least, be offered federal student loans, which are considered to be financial aid. If you don't complete the FAFSA, you will never know if you could have qualified for additional grants and funds. 

When you submit your FAFSA online, the Department of Education receives it electronically. Their processing time ranges from 3-5 days. After they are processed, our office then has access to upload them. Please provide a full week before reaching out to see if we have your FAFSA on file as sometimes there are delays in processing. If you submitted the FAFSA by mail or by another method, please allow an additional week of processing time.

If you discover a mistake after submitting your FAFSA, first wait until it has been processed (usually 3-5 business days), and then log into fafsa.gov to make the necessary corrections online and resubmit your FAFSA.

Yes. If you did not include UAS on your FAFSA, log in to fafsa.gov and select Add School in the returning user section. UAS's school code is 001065. Please make sure you submit these changes.

Verification

This is a process in which the education institution confirms the accuracy reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A minimum of 30% of UAS students who apply for financial aid will be selected by the federal processor. You must complete this process so that financial aid can be determined and awarded to you if you are selected.

Once you receive the letter informing you that you have been selected for Verification, the next step is to log into your UAonline portal to check which documents we are required to review and verify with the Department of Education.

You can find this on UAOnline.

Step 1: Log in to uaonline.alaska.edu

Step 2: Click on Financial Aid

Step 3: Click on Financial Aid Status

Step 4: Select the Current Aid Year

Step 5: Click on Student Requirements within the text that says "You have unsatisfied student requirements for this aid year."

Now you are able to see your student requirements, the message for each requirement, if there are any holds placed onto your account and your academic progress.

When turning these documents in, please provide our office with 7-14 days to process your documents and update their status in UAonline.

Submitting Documentation + Forms

Our office has a general processing time of 7-14 days. If you are not contacted or your UAonline has not updated to reflect the changes submitted after 7-14 days, feel free to reach out to us by phone or email.

The appeals committee meets on Thursday afternoons and provides status updates in the following business days, meaning you are likely to hear back on a Friday or Monday. If you submit appeal paperwork on a Friday night, for example, your appeal will be discussed the following Thursday and you will be updated shortly after.

Loans

A subsidized loan is awarded based on need. The federal government pays the interest on the loan while you are in school, and only after leaving school does interest begin to accrue.An unsubsidized loan is not based upon need. Interest begins immediately, and you can elect to pay it as it accrues, or have it added to the loan principal to be paid when the loan goes into repayment.

Loan limits are based on how many credits a student has and if they are an independent or a dependent student. View the info on annual loan limits a student is eligible to receive under the "How much can I borrow?" header of the Federal Student Aid Website.

You would fill out the Loan Revision Request form on our forms page. Please make sure you are filling out the form with the correct award year for which you are requesting the change.

In order for your loans to be distributed, you will need to complete your Entrance Counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note. Both are found at studentaid.gov.

 If you haven't been certified, reach out to our office so we can manually update your UAonline. If you have been certified (i.e. have already completed Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note), you can complete a loan revision form found on our forms page to change the loan amount or cancel it entirely. If the loan has not yet been paid to your account this is a relatively simple process. However, if the loan has been disbursed to your account already, you will need to make arrangements with the lender to voluntarily return those funds.

Scholarships

Yes, there are scholarships for students who attend UAS. The annual application deadline is in February. Log in toAcademicWorksto view UAS scholarships or view ourscholarships page.

AcademicWorks is the scholarship application portal for the University of Alaska. Applicants will be automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which they meet the criteria. AcademicWorks also includes information on private and external scholarships and deadlines (select Opportunities > External menu option). Log in to AcademicWorks with your UA username and password. Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented. If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award notification to your UA email address. Log in to AcademicWorks anytime to check the status of your application and related deadlines.

Outside source scholarships are applied to your Financial Aid account when the funds arrive in our office, as long as no further action from you is required, i.e. endorsement, increased enrollment hours, etc. Those checks are then deposited with Student Accounts and applied as a payment to your balance (applying first toward any owed tuition and fees). If this payment results in a credit, those funds will be sent directly to you either via Direct Deposit or check. Once the check has been deposited, all further processing and timeframes fall under Student Accounts’ purview. If you have questions about an outside scholarship check or a refund, please contact their office. 

Scholarships from other agencies and organizations are considered outside resources and must be considered when looking at your overall financial aid package. These resources are sent through the Financial Aid office and processed in the same way as other aid. When scholarships are applied to your financial aid package, that your “financial need” will be affected and this may cause your aid amounts to be changed resulting in lower loan amounts, etc. depending on your “need” status. If any changes occur on your account, you will receive an e-mail notification on your UAS e-mail account letting you know changes were made. You are welcome to contact the Financial Aid Office to get more detailed information regarding those changes.

Payments, Refunds, Fees, Balances, Etc.

Yes, through the Tuition Management System. Please visit www.afford.com/uas for more information. Or contact the Student Accounts Office at 907-796-6267 or cashiers@uas.alaska.edu

For any questions about your refund please contact the Student Accounts office.

Not Seeing the Answer to your Question?

No, due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), you will need to be the one to call as we cannot release protected student information to anyone other than the student; however, you are welcome to have another party in the room while we discuss aid with you (such as on speaker-phone).

We are located in the Novatney building right next to the Admission and Registrar's office.

Absolutely! Our advisors are happy to help. We can set up an appointment by phone or by zoom if necessary. If interested in chatting with an advisor, please email uas.finaid@alaska.edu. In your email, include a detailed description of what you would like to discuss in your meeting, your name, student ID, phone number, the best dates and times for you to meet, as well as any other relevant info. Please try to have all of your outstanding requirements complete so that when the time comes to meet with the advisor, they can provide you with the most up-to-date, accurate and detailed information possible. 

Appointments are generally meant for students who have a series of questions or need hands-on assistance. If you have a general question and may not need a full appointment to have it answered, please reach out to us by phone (907-796-6255) or email (uas.finaid@alaska.edu).