TrailGuide: Life After High School

Question #4 How do you find the money to pay for college?

Scholarships -- Local

UAS Financial Aid
University of Alaska Anchorage
Local & National Scholarships
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska Student Loan Program
The Alaska Family Education Loan
Alaska Teacher Scholarship Loan Program
A.W. Winn Brindle Memorial Scholarship Loan
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program
Michael Murphy Scholarship Fund

UAS Financial Aid
This is the local UAS financial website. Click on types of financial aid, this will take you to the different scholarship options.

University of Alaska Anchorage
UAA main site for scholarships available

Local & National Scholarships
Several different scholarships and links that are local, provided by University of Alaska Anchorage and national.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
UAF official website for financial aid and scholarships available to students.

Alaska Student Loan Program
The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education offers financial aid to one-year Alaska residents through the Alaska Student Loan Program. This program provides low-cost educational loans to students who are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or career education programs.

The maximum award for each school year is $8,500 for a full-time undergraduate collegiate student and $9,500 for a full-time graduate collegiate student. Career education (vocational) loan maximum for full-time attendance is $5,500.

The Alaska Family Education Loan
The Alaska Family Education Loan Program is an alternative to the Alaska Student Loan program. This is a low interest loan to individuals borrowing on behalf of their family members to help meet educational costs. The program enables a student's family to share the cost of education and thereby reduce the student's level of indebtedness.

Alaska Teacher Scholarship Loan Program
The Alaska Legislature established the Teacher Scholarship Loan Program to encourage students to pursue teaching careers in rural elementary and secondary classrooms around the state. Students may borrow up to $7,500 per year or borrow up to $37,500 for the maximum for in-state or out-of state study. Loans may be used for tuition, room and board, books, supplies and some travel.

You must be nominated from your local school and plan to be enrolled in a four-year bachelor's degree program in elementary or secondary teacher education or a fifth-year teacher certification program.

A.W. Winn Brindle Memorial Scholarship Loan
The A.W. Winn Brindle Memorial Scholarship Loan program is funded by private donations and contributions from fisheries businesses in exchange for tax credits.

The funds provide educational loans to Alaska residents for full-time undergraduate or graduate study at accredited schools in the degree or certificate programs listed below:
  • Fisheries
  • Fishery Science
  • Fishery Management
  • Seafood Processing
  • Food Technology
  • Other Fishery related fields
  • Contact Information:
    Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
    3000 Vintage Blvd.
    Juneau, Ak 99801-7100

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program
    The WUE program is coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in western states my enroll in many two-year and four-year public college programs at reduced tuition level: 150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition.

    In all cases, WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition.

    These states participate in the program:
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • New Mexico
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Utah
  • Further contact information can be found at the Western Undergraduated Exchange or call (303) 541-0214

    Michael Murphy Scholarship Fund
    Graduates will receive forgiveness of one-fifth of loan for each year of full-time employment in Alaskan law enforcement or related field. Recipients must study or major in: criminal justice, law enforcement, law, probation and parole, penology, or other closely related fields. Applicant must be an Alaska resident enrolled in school anywhere in the U.S.
    Alaska State Troopers
    Michael Murphy Scholarship Fund
    5700 East Tudor Road
    Anchorage, AK 99507
    Phone: (907) 269-5759
    Fax: (907) 269-5751

    How To
    Federal Grants
    Pell Grant
    Work Study
    Loan Programs
    Applying to Academies
    Savings/Mutual Funds

    Scholarships & Grants
    Navigating the FAFSA
    Career/Job Links

    Budget Worksheet
    Personal Academic Survey
    Junior Questionnaire
    Senior Questionnaire
    Overview Checklist
    Investigate Careers
    Personal Form (for letters)
    FAFSA Checklist

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    Letters to Colleges
    Request Recommendation Letters

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