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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is given to students based upon their level of enrollment and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If awarded, an eligible student can receive the same Pell Grant at any university. More information regarding the Federal Pell Grant can be found on Federal Student Aid.


  • For the 2019-2020 academic year (starting Fall 2019), awards range up to $6,195
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year (starting Fall 2020), awards range up to $6,345
  • Awards are based on a combination of EFC and level of enrollment:
    • EFC range of 0-5577 for 2019-2020; EFC range of 0-5711 for 2020-2021.
    • Levels of awards for full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, or less-than-halftime enrollment; minimum enrollment is 1 credit hour per semester but some students may not receive the award if only in one credit please contact Financial Aid Office for questions.
    • Eligibility is based upon the number of enrolled hours at the time of the end of Census Day.
  • A student must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
  • A FAFSA must be filed.
  • The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based award and thus counts towards fulfilling a student’s overall need figure.
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Pell Lifetime Eligibility Restrictions and Processing

Students earn up to 150% of their annual limit each year based on their enrollment level.

Each student has a maximum Lifetime Eligibility of 600%, which roughly translates into 6 years worth of full time awards.

Students are informed of the percentage of their Lifetime Eligibility used each year on their Student Aid Report (SAR) which they receive by completing the FAFSA.

Students with a Lifetime Eligibility limit of greater than 500% may experience a delay in Financial Aid disbursement at the beginning of each semester. This is due to the necessity of the Financial Aid Office to match your Pell Award to your Enrollment Status. As students can adjust their enrollment until the 100% refund date, aid cannot be disbursed until student enrollment is locked for students utilizing their last year of Pell Eligibility.

Student's whose Pell Lifetime Eligibility is at or above 600%, cannot receive future Pell Grant funding.

You may check your Pell Lifetime Eligibility at any time by logging into

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a campus-based grant. This means that federal funds are provided to individual universities to administer at their discretion (within federally governed parameters). Funds for the Federal SEOG program are limited.


  • A student must have an EFC of 0.
  • A student must be receiving a Pell Grant (and thus be working on their first undergraduate degree).
  • A student must be enrolled at least half time.
  • The FAFSA must be filed.
  • The Federal SEOG is a need-based award and thus counts towards fulfilling a student’s overall need figure.

TEACH Grant Overview

This Grant is called Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant also know as the TEACH Grant. The Alaska College of Education Graduate Students and the Special Education Undergraduate Bachelor Degree Students are eligible to apply.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.


If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.

Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Reminder: All Teach Grants will be processed after the census date (same date as the Deadline for 100% Tuition and Fees Refund for Full-Term Classes) each semester.

Initial Eligibility Requirements and Steps to Obtain the TEACH Grant

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted into an approved UAS Graduate Program (see list below)
  • Provide documentation of a 3.25 cumulative GPA OR scored above the 75th percentile on at least one of the batteries of a college admissions test (SAT/ACT/GRE)
  • Complete the following forms (please visit the TEACH Grant site for more information):
    • TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling and
    • TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
  • Fill out the TEACH Grant Application. Please note: you must have a meeting (phone or in-person) with the Dean of the College of Education to complete this form

To complete the TEACH Grant Application please contact Kayti Coonjohn, Assistant to the Executive Dean, Alaska College of Education at 907-796-6050 or e-mail The Alaska College of Education is located in the Hendrickson Annex on the Juneau Campus.

Once all required documentation has been received, the Financial Aid Office will review and process the documents, please allow up to 10 business days to finish this process.

It will be your responsibility to log in to UAOnline and accept all or a portion of your award.

Requirements for Receiving the TEACH Grant in Future Years

Approved UAS Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education pursuing a Science, Math or Foreign Language endorsement.
  • Master of Education in Reading
  • Master of Education in Special Education

Fulfill the Teaching Obligation Outlined in the Agreement to Serve

  • Teach in a high-need subject area for at least four years
  • Serve as a Full-Time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within 8 calendar years after you completed the program you received the TEACH grant
  • Be classified as a highly qualified teacher at a low-income school
  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field (which are identified below)
  • Within 120 days of the date you graduate, contact Fedloan Servicing to certify that you are either employed full-time in a teaching position that meets the requirements of the TEACH Grant or that you intend to be employed as a qualifying teacher
  • After graduating, recertify your progress towards your teaching obligation or your intent to satisfy the teaching each year on October 31

High-Need Fields

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education

Important Forms and Links


Beginning on October 1, 2013, the sequester reduces the percentage of the TEACH Grant Awards. TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019 must be reduced by 6.20 percent from the original amount that the student is eligible for based on enrollment. TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2019 and before October 1, 2020 must be reduced by 5.90 percent from the original amount that the student is eligible for based on enrollment. Please see the table below to see what the awards will be during these years.

Award YearImpacted AwardsOriginal Maximum Award Amount% Reduced from Original AwardDollar Amount Reduced from Max AwardAdjusted Maximum Award Amount


First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019$4000.00


2019-2020First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2019 and before October 1, 2020$4000.005.90%$236.00$3,764.00

Graduate Awards

Graduate Enrollment LevelGraduate Annual Award Amounts First Disbursed on or After October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019Graduate Annual Award Amounts First Disbursed on or After October 1, 2019 and before October 1, 2020
Full-time (9 or more credits)$3,752.00$3,764.00
Half-time (5 or more credits)$1,876.00$1,882.00
Less-than Half-time (less then 4 credits)$938.00$941.00

Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Enrollment LevelUndergraduate Annual Award Amounts First Disbursed on or After October 1, 2018 and before October 1, 2019Undergraduate Annual Award Amounts First Disbursed on or After October 1, 2019 and before October 1, 2020
Full-time (12 or more credits)$3,752.00$3,764.00
Three-Quarter-Time (9-11 credits)$2,814.00$2,823.00
Half-time (6-8 credits)$1,876.00$1,882.00
Less-than Half-time (less then 5 credits)$938.00$941.00

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the TEACH grant please contact UAS Financial Aid Office at (907) 796-6255 or

Stay on Track and Receive $750!

Starting in the 2019/2020 academic year, the UAS Financial Aid Office is automatically awarding Stay on Track and the University of Alaska Grant to sophomore, junior and senior status students. To be considered for the Stay on Track/University of Alaska Grant award, fill out a FAFSA, register for 15 credits or more, and meet the requirements below:

Requirements for Stay on Track/University of Alaska Grant

  • Must be in a UAS degree or certificate program
  • Must be a sophomore or higher: minimum of 30 cumulative credits
  • Must take at least six of the required 15 credits from the UAS Campus during the semester awarded and these cannot be placeholder credits while on an exchange program
  • Must have a completed FAFSA before the UAS Census Date: September 8, 2020 at 8 am
  • Must be in at least 15 credits that are all eligible for Financial Aid: non-repeating courses and that go towards your program of student on the Financial Aid Census Date each semester
  • Must be eligible for Financial Aid. See the UAS Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for more details
  • In order to receive the next disbursement, you must pass at least 15 credits and maintain eligibility for Financial Aid
    • Passing grades for this purpose follows our SAP policy which include letter grades of A, B, C, D, or P. 

Please note

You must notify the UAS Financial Aid Office once you have registered for all your courses and maintain these requirements in order to receive the award.

Alaska Education Grant

The AEG is a need-based program funded by the Alaska Student Loan Corporation. Grant awards range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year.

All Alaska residents who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are attending an Alaska university, will be considered as having applied for this grant. Applicants will be prioritized based on financial need. For further information, please visit the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education's website:

  • Alaska resident and U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Admitted into an undergraduate degree or vocational certificate program at a qualifying institution in the state of Alaska
  • Minimum half-time enrollment
  • Unmet financial need in excess of $500
  • Not have earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress standards
  • Eligible for federal Title IV aid

The Edward and Anna Range Schmidt
Charitable Trust

The Edward and Anna Range Schmidt Charitable Trust was established in 1993 to encourage and assist promising students to pursue education in the sciences, particularly earth and environmental sciences. The primary focus of the Trust is to assist rural Alaskan Natives prepare for roles in the planning and control of the land and its natural resources and to aid them in becoming positive role models. The Trust is also interested in assisting promising minority students in Alaska.

Financial assistance from the Trust will be given to selected qualifying students who show academic and personal promise, but for reasons beyond their control or immediate solution, may have been bypassed by traditional support systems. This assistance is intended to aid the students obtain education, related internships, and other employment in Alaska, with Alaskan educational institutions and Alaskan employers. The Trust is not intended to provide traditional educational funding, such as scholarships or loans, but rather to provide financial assistance for immediate or short-term monetary aid. For further information please visit:


Students and programs in sciences, especially earth and environmental sciences, are eligible for grants. Alaska Natives and other minorities are strongly urged to apply.


Grants are awarded for a variety of expenses incurred by students. These may include internship support, travel and/or expenses related to workshops and science fairs, support needed to secure employment in science-related fields, or emergency needs.


Application may be made at any time. Requests are given immediate consideration.


Application should be made by letter from a Sponsor. A Sponsor may be a teacher, advisor, or other adult familiar with the grant applicant’s situation. The Sponsor’s letter should describe the grant applicant, the nature of the financial need, and amount of grant requested. The letter should also include the Sponsor’s and applicant’s telephone numbers and addresses. A letter from the applicant and/or other supporting material would be helpful.

Send applications via email at or you can mail to: The Schmidt Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 242133 Anchorage, AK 99524


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