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Is your child prepared for college?

After your child applies for and is accepted to a college they will, many times, be asked to take a placement test in order to best measure skills in mathematics and language. At the University of Alaska Southeast this will be an Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces Test, or ALEKS, which is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. 

We can't stress enough how important it is for your child to study for this test as it will determine the first level of math and English courses they will be placed into upon entering UAS. Scoring low on the test will require additional math and English classes, which will overall affect the length of their degree program and increase college costs.

You can get more help by visiting our UAS Learning Center. Here you will find links for addition sample questions and information about taking the actual test.

Are you aware of programs to help with the cost of your education?

The primary concern for most families with students about to graduate from high school is the cost of a college education. How do you afford tuition, room and board, books, and personal expenses? With so many stories in the news about student loans it's no wonder this can be a concern. As a parent of an Alaskan student there are many programs you will want to learn more about at UAS.

Sometimes there is so much information it can be overwhelming to parents. To make things a bit easier for you just click on the links below. If you need help we are just a phone call away. Call the Tech Prep Regional Coordinator.

  • Pell Grant - The federal government awards grant money to students. Grants are different than loans in that they are not a debt and are not paid back. See how to apply.
  • You are a UA Scholar Student if you will graduate in the top 10% of your senior class and have been designated as a UA Scholar. The UA Scholars Program is an $11,000 scholarship. Find out more about this program. 
  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a campus-based grant. Learn about the details.
  • The Alaska Performance Scholarship is awarded to high school students to pay for college or training in Alaska; up to $4,755 a year.
  • University of Alaska Grant can award up to $1000. Read about the eligibility requirements.
  • AlaskAdvantage Education Grant awards range from $500 to $2,000. Find out about the specifics.
  • The TEACH Grant is available for those students who wish to enter the field of teaching. Read more about the program.
  • Make sure to follow our handy Financial Aid Checklist. It will help you on your pathway and is a great source for important dates and information.
  • UAS has created a page just for parents where you can find links on many of the topics you have questions about. You can also contact the Tech Prep Regional Coordinator with any of your questions.