Applying for Financial Aid
Step 1: Complete the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will determine your eligibility for federal grants and loans, state grants and scholarships and some private scholarships. The FAFSA should be submitted every year and is available October 1 for the following fall. There is not a deadline for the FAFSA, but we recommend completing before February 15 to be considered for all UAF scholarships. The state of Alaska requires the FAFSA by June 30 for state aid, including the Alaska Performance Scholarship.
UAF's FAFSA school code: 001063
Step 2: Submit a scholarship application
UAF offers over 450 scholarships. You can apply for all of these scholarships with our one UAF scholarship application. Each scholarship has different criteria. The deadline to apply for most UAF scholarships is February 15 for the following academic year. Some scholarships may be available after this date. To stay informed about late applications, you can subscribe to the UAF scholarship emailing list.
Step 3: Review and accept your aid offer
Your financial aid award will be available after you submit your applications. You will receive an emailed award letter about a week after you submit your FAFSA. If we need any additional information to complete your application, we will email you and post the request to your UAOnline account. Submit all requested paperwork as soon as possible. Scholarships may continually be added to your award. You can view your award offers any time on your UAOnline account. You will need to accept student loan offers and some scholarships. Follow individual instructions in your award letter for accepting scholarships. Instructions on accepting student loans are below.
How to accept my loans
- Log into UAOnline
- Click on "Financial Aid"
- Click on "Award"
- Click on "Award By Aid Year" and select Academic Year
- Review all tabs and open "Accept Offer Tab"
- Determine the amount you would like to accept for the academic year. (You cannot accept loans on a semester basis, but can adjust the amount needed for a future semester at a later date)
- Submit Decision
- Adjustments to amounts are not available on UAOnline after you submit your decision. You can submit a Loan Adjustment Form to our office to change amounts.
Step 4: Loan requirements
If you accepted student loans, you will need to complete entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note your first year. You will need your FAFSA ID and password, which you established when you applied for the FAFSA. UAF will be notified in 1-2 business days after you complete this step.
Step 5: Disbursement
UAF will disburse financial aid to your student bill starting 10 days before the first day of classes. The Office of the Bursar will use your financial aid to pay for your tuition, fee and housing charges (if living on campus). Any remaining aid can be refunded to you to pay for books or living expenses. You can sign up for direct-deposit on UAOnline to receive your refund quickly. You can follow the status of your refund on your student bill on UAOnline. Once the refund shows up as processed, the funds are will be in your bank account in 3-5 business days. Please contact the Office of the Bursar for billing and refund questions.