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Scholarships & Grants

In addition to the financial support available through the UAS Financial Aid Office, the Alaska College of Education offers scholarships and grants to help students meet their educational goals.

PITAAS: Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools

The Challenge: Alaska needs more Alaska Native teachers

  • In Alaska schools, Alaska Natives make up 25% of the student body and less than 5% of the teaching force.
  • In 2000, the University of Alaska Southeast created the PITAAS Program with the help of a federal grant to address this shortage of Alaska Native teachers.
  • The PITAAS Program has grown to include many services designed to meet its goals: more Alaska Native teachers and administrators in Alaskan schools, preschool through high school.

Learn More about PITAAS


Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is available to certain Alaska College of Education (AKCOE) graduate students and 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.

Learn More about the TEACH Grant

Education Tuition Scholarships

The Alaska College of Education tuition scholarships are awarded in support of those qualities the college encourages in its students. These qualities include academic excellence and a willingness and ability to contribute to the field of education and the UAS community.

There are a limited number of tuition scholarships awarded each academic year. A student may apply for more than one semester’s award. These scholarships will cover up to $1,000 of tuition charges for courses offered by the UAS campus. Tuition scholarships must be used in full during the semester in which they were awarded. 

Tuition Scholarship Application

Special Education Tuition Scholarship Application