For more detailed information on state financial aid programs contact:

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE)

Juneau Office
3030 Vintage Blvd.
Juneau, Alaska 99801-7100
907/465.2962 or 800/441-2962 Customer Service
907/465-5316 Fax
907/465-3143 TTY
Anchorage Office
707 A Street, Suite 206
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3600

The following are financial aid programs available to students who are residents of the state of Alaska. 

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is a federal merit-based award program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for academic achievement. If you have any questions, you may contact the program coordinator at (907) 465-8707.

GEAR UP ALASKA Scholarship Program

The federally funded GEAR UP Alaska scholarship provides up to $7,000 each year for up to four years of undergraduate study (up to $3,500 each year for half-time study). In Alaska, these scholarships are available to students who have participated in GEAR UP Programs in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

AlaskAdvantage Education Grant

The AlaskAdvantage Education Grant awards range from $500 to $2,000 per academic year for qualifying undergraduate students who have unmet financial need and are pursuing undergraduate study at participating postsecondary institutions in Alaska. Priority awards will be given to those students enrolled in qualifying workforce shortage programs of study or who have top quartile SAT or ACT score.

For more information contact the Customer Service call center toll-free at 800-441-2962 (465-2962 in Juneau), or contact your school’s financial aid office.

University of Alaska Scholars Program

The University of Alaska (UA) Scholars Program offers an $11,000 scholarship to the top 10 percent of the graduates from qualified Alaska high schools each year. Students are designated by their high school based on their academic standing at the end of their junior year. Each high school provides the UA Scholars Program with the names and addresses of the students designated for the award, and UA sends an award letter and a UA Scholars reservation form to each eligible student.

For more information call Toll-Free at 1-877-257-2465, Fairbanks at 907-474-5105.

Alaska Teacher Education Loan

The Alaska Legislature established the Teacher Education Loan (TEL) to encourage Alaska high school graduates to pursue teaching careers and to teach in Alaska rural elementary and secondary schools.

Up to 100% forgiveness benefits to qualifying borrowers

$7,500 annual limit


How to Apply
Rural school districts annually nominate Alaskans for TEL based on high school academic performance and the students' intent to teach in a rural Alaska school. TEL application forms are sent only to qualified nominees. Applications must be completed and returned by July 1st. For more information call (800) 441-2962

A.W. "Winn" Brindle Memorial Education Loan

The A.W. "Winn" Brindle Memorial Education Loan Program was established in memory of A.W. "Winn" Brindle who was president of the Wards Cove Packing Company and Columbia Wards Fisheries. It is funded by private donations and contributions from fisheries in exchange for state tax credits. The funds provide educational loans to Alaska residents for full-time study in fisheries-related programs.

No annual or lifetime loan limits.
Up to 50% forgiveness benefits to qualifying borrowers.


How to Apply
You can apply online or you can download an application.  
If you have any questions about the Winn Brindle Loan Program, call (907) 465-6741.

Michael Murphy Memorial Education Loan
The Alaska Legislature established the Michael Murphy Education Loan Fund as a memorial to Michael Murphy, a member of the Alaska State Troopers. The loans are funded by private donations and by voluntary annual leave contributions from state employees. The funds provide educational loans to Alaska residents for full-time undergraduate study in law enforcement related programs.

Limited funding availability

Up to 100% forgiveness benefits to qualifying borrowers

Full-time enrollment in an undergraduate law enforcement-related program

Alaska resident

Fulfill eligibility requirements set by the Alaska State Troopers

How to Apply
For more information contact:
Alaska State Troopers
Division of Operations
Recruitment Supervisor, 5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Telephone: 907/269-5976
Fax: 907/269-5751

Applications must be submitted by April 1 for fall enrollment.

State Financial Aid Information

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