Special application instructions: UA Scholars

Apply to UAF for Free

As a UA Scholar, you can apply to any undergraduate certificate or degree program at any of the University of Alaska campuses for free! To start your application to UAF:

  1. Apply Online
  2. Enter the UA Scholars application fee waiver when prompted for payment
  3. Submit your high school transcript



Your UA Scholar Benefits

The main benefit of being a UA Scholar is the scholarship award itself. The UA Scholars Award is a $12,000 scholarship that is distributed over the course of eight semesters.

  • This scholarship can be used in conjunction with other types of scholarships and financial aid like the Alaska Performance Scholarship
  • You can use your UA Scholars Award towards paying for tuition and housing and food, but it can also go towards funding other expenses such as Study Away, study and research equipment, and or other things you’ll need for school. 

Another benefit of being a UA Scholar is it introduces you to campus leadership, staff and faculty and opens up many doors for research, internship and networking opportunities. 

There are so many ways to add value to your degree at UAF. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in programs like the Honors College, Climate Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA), exchange and Study Away programs, as well as clubs, student organizations and so many more opportunities to take your college experience further.


Choosing UAF

Your UA Scholars Award can be used at any of the three UA universities — University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage or University of Alaska Southeast. We hope you’ll choose UAF, and there are a lot of great reasons for you to join Nanook Nation.

Affordable and Practical

Staying in-state lowers the cost of college by a considerable amount — it’s a smart choice. As a graduate of an Alaskan high school, you’ll automatically be granted the resident tuition rate. Also, you may qualify for additional scholarships offered by the State of Alaska, such as the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Once you’re admitted to UAF you’ll be considered for the Nanook Pledge Scholarship, and you’ll be able to apply for 400+ additional UA-funded scholarships. 

Variety and Quality

UAF was established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, and it’s the flagship campus of the University of Alaska system. Now it’s home to 9 colleges and schools that offer over 160 degrees and certificates.

UAF is Alaska’s only National University, is ranked in the Top 25 Best Small Universities by Times Higher Education, is a First-Gen Forward and Military Friendly institution. We’re proud of our award rankings, because they show that a degree from UAF is valuable and a good investment.

Flexible Paths

UAF’s great at online course delivery, and we’ve been offering courses over distances for decades. With over 40 fully online degree programs, award-winning online courses and hybrid options for almost every degree, you’ll get the benefit of some of the most robust learning technologies available. If online learning isn’t for you — don’t worry! You’ll work with your academic advisor to make a plan that works for your best learning style.

World-class Opportunities

UAF’s student population is smaller than other research universities, meaning you’ll have more access to opportunities to participate in research and projects that otherwise wouldn’t have been available at larger universities. UAF offers around $100M in research funding, and first-year UAF students can get involved in research as soon as they start at UAF. 46% of UAF undergraduate students participate in research or thesis projects during their time here.

Hands-on Support

At UAF, you won’t just be another face in a classroom. UAF has a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1 which means you’ll be able to work directly with professors to get hands-on experience and academic mentorship — no matter what you study.

When you join Nanook Nation, you join a close-knit, involved and supportive community. As a UA Scholar, you have a whole team of experts to help you transition to UAF. Your Admissions Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor and Academic Advisor are the backup dancers to your Nanook success story!  

Close Community

UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ Campus is a true residential campus, with a robust campus life. Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are an opportunity to build strong bonds with classmates who share your  interests. You can also join one of over 100 student clubs and organizations, or run for office in student government, or compete in collegiate eSports — casual players are welcome too! Whatever you want to do with your out-of-class time, there’s a place for you at UAF. 




Ray Alda

Ray Alda

Admissions Counselor

Hello there! My name is Ray Alda, and I’m UAF’s admissions counselor for UA Scholars. I’m here to help you and your family get started as you join Nanook Nation. I graduated from UAF with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Biomedical Sciences, and I was a UA Scholar myself. I found my passion in working with prospective students and helping them navigate the college admissions process, and I am super excited to be your personal point-of-contact at UAF.

Schedule a meeting with Ray
Cyan Woodward

Cyan Woodward

UAF Financial Aid Advisor

Hello! My name is Cyan and I am a FInancial Aid Advisor here at UAF. I moved up here from the lower 48 in 2018, and have been in Fairbanks for almost five years. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Geoscience, and now I am here to help you pay for college! I work with students who have the UA Scholars, the Alaska Performance Scholarship, and the Alaska Education Grant. 
Call or email for an appointment, or come visit us at the Financial Aid Office. I look forward to hearing from you!

Schedule a meeting with Cyan