Rural Student Services



Rural Student Services Advising Support

The university or college experience can be a new place with an entirely different feel for many of our rural and Alaska Native students. Rural Student Services strives to foster a sense of belonging by providing cross-cultural, comprehensive advising. We help you navigate everything from degree planning and class registration to all steps of applying for financial aid, including applying for the FAFSA and obtaining scholarships through tribal and regional corporation resources.

We can help you with:

  • Meeting academic requirements
  • Registering for classes
  • Finding financial aid
  • Exploring housing options
  • Declaring a major
  • Exploring careers

Call us to schedule an advising appointment:

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RSS Activities and Programs

In addition to advising support, Rural Student Services offers a variety of activities and programs designed to help rural and Alaska Native students exercise their cultural traditions on campus. We are a gathering place for students, a study area and a setting for events that celebrate UAF’s Alaska Native community. Events such as Positive Connection Nights (PCNs), offer a fun, positive way to start off the weekend with food and friends in a community atmosphere.

Events in the Gathering Room


Students seated around a table

RSS Tutoring

Need help with your studies? We offer a full range of tutoring services, from nearby to our Fairbanks campus, via email and phone.

Marjorie Tahbone prepares to walk across the commencement stage after earning her degree in Alaska Native studies in 2013

Alaska Native and Indigenous Programs

Whether you are interested in Indigenous arts, language revitalization or knowledge systems, we have a variety of programs.

Students play billiards in the Eileen Panigeo MacLean House lounge

The Eileen Panigeo MacLean House

The Eileen Panigeo MacLean House provides a supportive community environment for students from the Arctic region and other rural areas of Alaska.