Alaska Performance Scholarship

Alaska High School Students –

Earn the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) to pay for college or career training in Alaska

reward offered
Level 1

up to $4,755 per year

  • High School GPA 3.5
  • ACT - 25 or SAT 1680
  • Specified high school curriculum
Level 2

up to $3,566 per year

  • High School GPA 3.0
  • ACT - 23 or SAT 1560
  • Specified high school curriculum
Level 3

up to $2,378 per year

  • High School GPA 2.5
  • ACT - 21 or SAT 1450
  • Specified high school curriculum
Career and Technical Awards can be earned with qualifying WorkKeys instead of ACT/SAT scores.
  • Same curriculum requirements and award levels as the collegiate award
  • With the determining factor for the level awarded being the students GPA

     


  • About the APS
  • Getting Ready
  • Qualifying/Eligibility
  • Testing
  • Application Information
  • Receiving the First Award
  • Continuing to Receive Awards
  • Download APS Checklists
  • Private/Home-School Students
  • Program Rules and Reports
  • Postsecondary Institutions

WHAT is the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS)?

The Alaska Performance Scholarship provides an opportunity for Alaska high school students to earn a scholarship to help cover the cost of an Alaska postsecondary education. Alaska high school students who take a more rigorous curriculum, get good grades, and score well on college placement or work ready exams, can earn an Alaska Performance Scholarship to qualified Alaska colleges, universities, or vocational/technical programs.

WHO can get the APS?

Alaska residents who graduate from an Alaska high school (public, private, or home school), in 2011 or later and meet the qualifying requirements are eligible for an APS award.

WHERE can the APS be used?

The APS can be used at any participating college or university in Alaska, or for approved career and technical education programs in the state. Click here for more information on participating Alaska postsecondary institutions.

HOW MUCH is the APS?

There are three maximum annual award levels: up to $4,755, $3,566, and $2,378. Maximum levels are established based on a combination of minimum GPA and test scores. An APS award may not exceed qualifying costs of attendance (which typically include tuition; fees; required books, supplies, and equipment; room and board; and transportation) remaining after considering all other non-loan aid the student is eligible for. Students may remain eligible for up to 8 semesters, but must fully use the APS within six years of high school graduation.

WHEN will the APS be available?

The APS is sent to schools in two payments, usually 50% of the award when the student begins attendance, and the other 50% at the start of the next term or midpoint of a CTE program. Generally, your school will first apply your APS funds to your outstanding school debt for that year, if any, and then pay any remaining funds to you. Final award notification is made after the postsecondary education confirms qualifying enrollment. Students can monitor their status in their Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) account.

Does the scholarship expire?

Yes. It must be used within six years of graduating high school unless the recipient qualifies for an extension. Students who wish to apply for an extension must send a written request to the commissioner, accompanied by a signed statement from the institution of higher learning in which the student is enrolled. See 4 AAC 43.045 for more information on extending the scholarship eligibility period. Additional allowable extensions will be set in regulation by the State Board of Education and Early Development through a public policy.

What can families do now?

Encourage and support your student to take challenging courses and do well in school. Remember, an Alaska Performance Scholarship is based on rigorous course selection, overall grade-point average in high school and an examination score. Achieving a higher grade-point average and exam score will result in a student eligible for a higher level of scholarship -- The difference could be several thousand dollars over a student’s postsecondary years.

  • If your student is in middle school, take time to talk about career aspirations and goals for education beyond high school, and help your student select 9th grade classes wisely. Students who want to earn an Alaska Performance Scholarship need to be prepared to take a challenging curriculum for all four years of high school.
  • When your student is selecting high school courses for the upcoming year, consult with your student’s school counselors on academic courses that will best prepare and align your student for an Alaska Performance Scholarship award.
  • Have your student create a portfolio on the Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS), either through their school's AKCIS account or individually through the Alaska statewide Zip Code login. In addition to many other great tools and program, when students click on "My Course Plan" in their student portfolio, they can create a course plan using pre-filled suggested course schedules to meet Alaska Performance Scholarship requirements. Students can create their student portfolio and begin to plan their courses as early as middle school, and can transfer a portfolio to their high school's AKCIS site at any time.

 

 

As a parent, how can I access my student’s APS eligibility information?

You can discuss the eligibility requirements with your student and meet with your student’s high school counselor or school district office to verify the curriculum, GPA, and test scores that are part of your student’s permanent record. These are used in the calculation of the eligibility status and award level. You can compare this information to the requirements for qualifying and determining award level.

 

As a student, after I graduate, how can I access my APS eligibility status and award level information?

Students may also choose to register for an optional Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) account, in which they can review the eligibility status and award level reported by their school district in late July following high school graduation, and track scholarship usage. The student is the only person who may register for and access their ASAP account. Logging on to ASAP requires that a user affirm that the individual logging on is the student in question, so it is not possible for a parent to access ASAP on behalf of a child, even if your student is under 18.

Steps to Qualify for the APS

  1. Make a plan to complete the APS curriculum with your high school counselor. Start with the checklist for your class year (see below) and/or "My Course Plan" in your Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) portfolio.
  2. Work to achieve the highest GPA you can.
  3. Prepare for and take the SAT and/or ACT test. Take it early, so you can retake it if you want to better your score. Also, explore your options based on WorkKeys scores.
  4. Research participating Alaska colleges and training programs and choose the one that’s right for you. Apply early.
  5. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1 every year you want to use the award.
  6. Optional: Create an account in to the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) to track your status.

An Alaska resident who graduates from an Alaska high school in or after 2011, and who meets the following requirements:

  1. Completes a rigorous high school curriculum, as defined by regulations
  2. Achieves a high school GPA of at least 2.5 or equivalent
  3. Earns a minimum score on a college or career readiness test
  4. Enrolls at least half time, and remains in good standing, in a certificate or higher program at a qualifying Alaska institution
  5. Has qualifying unmet costs of attendance after considering all other non-loan aid
  6. Has not yet received the maximum Alaska scholarship program aid (8 semesters)

This includes graduates from public schools and private schools, and home school students who have taken the required courses. Students who hold GEDs are not eligible.

High school seniors graduating a semester early (in December) can receive the Alaska Performance Scholarship if they meet all eligibility requirements. However, it is important to note that they are still considered part of their graduating class. For example, a student graduating in December 2013 is required to meet the curriculum requirements for the class of 2014. APS awards for December graduates will not be available until after the completion of the school year. Therefore, they may not receive any award for postsecondary study before the start of the next academic year, even if they graduate in December and begin a postsecondary program of study prior to the end of the school year.

No. Students must graduate from an Alaska high school with a high school diploma, and meet all other eligibility requirements, to be eligible for the scholarship.

Homeschooled students can qualify for the APS.

Homeschooled students who participate in a school district program will have their eligibility information (GPA, entrance exam scores, curriculum) reported by the district office to the Department of Education & Early Development. Students seeking a determination need only submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply.

Privately homeschooled students who are not enrolled in a public school program must submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Application to the Department of Education & Early Development. The form requests information about the student's identification and education, as well as copies of transcripts and entrance exam score reports. The eligibility determination request form and required supporting documents must be received by July 15 for students to be considered for the APS. Students seeking determination must also complete the FAFSA no later than June 30 of the year in which they plan to use the award.

Students attending private schools accredited under 4 AAC 04.300 can qualify for the APS.

Private school students need to submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Application to the Department of Education & Early Development. The form requests information about the student's identification and education, as well as copies of transcripts and entrance exam score reports. The eligibility determination request form and required supporting documents must be received by July 15 for students to be considered for the APS. Students seeking a determination must also complete the FAFSA no later than June 30 of the year in which they plan to use the award.

There are several private high school completion programs in Alaska that offer a GED program, a high school diploma program, or both. Students who receive a GED are not eligible for the scholarship; however, those who receive an Alaska high school diploma through such programs may be eligible as long as they meet all other requirements. Such students must submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Application to the Department of Education & Early Development to determine if their high school credential is equivalent to a qualifying Alaska diploma, for purposes of determining scholarship eligibility.

Yes. Students can qualify for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) APS award using WorkKeys Scores. The CTE APS award can be used for attendance at an approved career and technical education certification program, but not for a degree program. The CTE APS Curriculum requirements and award levels are the same as the collegiate APS award, with the determining factor for the level awarded being the student's GPA. A combined WorkKeys score of 13 (with no score lower than 4) meets the test score requirements for the CTE APS award. However, by qualifying with an ACT or SAT score, students would be eligible to pursue a certificate or a degree program.

No. The statue governing the APS states that students must graduate from an Alaska high school. Therefore, students in the situation described are not eligible for the APS.


SAT and ACT scores have a big impact on your APS eligibility.

Take the test early, and make sure you have your scores sent directly to your high school. Your high school must receive the scores before high school graduation.

Sending scores directly to the high school

SAT Online Registration: Include your high school code when you register. Your scores will be sent about five weeks after the test.

ACT Online Registration: List your high school and check the "YES" box to authorize ACT to release your scores. Your scores will be sent 3-8 weeks after the test.


2014-2015 National (Saturday) Test Dates


ACT

  • December 13, 2014
  • February 7, 2015
  • April 18, 2015

SAT

  • November 8, 2014
  • December 6, 2014
  • January 24, 2015
  • March 14, 2015

2014-2015 School-based Test Dates

ACT

  • March 13, 2015
  • Make-up Day: March 31, 2015

SAT

  • Feb 25, 2015
  • Make-up Day: April 29, 2015

WorkKeys

  • Varies

* Test dates after April 2015 will not allow adequate time for test scores to be recorded prior to high school graduation. High school seniors should take earlier tests in order for the scores to be considered for APS qualification.

Remember: Qualifying WorkKeys scores allow you to use an APS for certificate programs only.

For more information regarding the new College & Career Readiness Assessments to include ACT In-School and SAT School Day information visit your school counselor or go to this website: http://education.alaska.gov/tls/assessment/ccra.html


What about WorkKeys?

If you know of a career and technical education certificate that leads to your career goals, you have another option. You can qualify for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) APS using WorkKeys scores. The CTE APS can be used for attendance in a career and technical education certification program, but not for a degree program. Learn more about the WorkKeys test.

By qualifying with an ACT or SAT score, you will be eligible to pursue a certificate or a degree program. Download the APS Eligibility Progress Checklist for your class year to review the full requirements for either the Collegiate or the CTE Award.

Beginning with the Class of 2013, a combined WorkKeys score of 13 (with no score lower than 4) meets the test score requirements for the CTE APS award.


A combination of an examination result and GPA determine the level of scholarship eligible students can receive:

  1. For up to $4,755 a year – a GPA of 3.5 and a score of 25 on the ACT or 1680 on the SAT*
  2. For up to $3,566 a year – a GPA of 3.0 and a score of 23 on the ACT or 1560 on the SAT*
  3. or up to $2,378 a year – a GPA of 2.5 and a score of 21 on the ACT or 1450 on the SAT*

Be sure to list your high school as a recipient of your SAT and ACT test scores.

*Students entering an approved career and technical education certificate program can substitute WorkKeys Scores. For the graduating class of 2011 and 2012, the WorkKeys Score requirements were: a score of 5 in each of the three WorkKeys tests – applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. Beginning with the class of 2013, the WorkKeys Score requirements are: a combined WorkKeys Score of 13 (with no score lower than 4) in the three WorkKeys tests.

A student will be eligible for the award level for which he or she satisfies all eligibility requirements. In the situation described in the question, the student would qualify for the lower award level.

Talk to your high school counselor or a teacher about academic or test preparation resources available through your school. Make full use of online resources. Taking an online practice test gives you a good idea of what to expect on the exam and what areas to focus on when preparing for the test. You can find more at http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice and http://actstudent.org/testprep/index.html.

SAT and ACT scores must be received by your high school before high school graduation to be used in determining your APS eligibility. You should request that your scores be sent to the school when you register for the test.

ACT: If you register online, you must list the correct high school when prompted to do so and be sure to check the "YES" box authorizing ACT to release your scores to that high school. If you register by mail, you authorize reporting by listing the correct high school code on the registration folder. Your scores will be sent three to eight weeks after the test.

SAT: Whether you register online or by paper, be sure to include your high school code. Your official score report will be provided to you and your high school, if you included the code, about five weeks after the test.

If you already took the test and did not have the scores sent to your school, you can request additional score reports from SAT and ACT. There may be a fee for additional reports.

EED strongly encourages students to test between September and March – this is especially important for seniors. All APS eligibility requirements, including the test score, must be reported no later than July 15. Students are responsible for ensuring their test score is sent directly to their high school from the testing institution, as the high school must then report the score to the district office before the July 15 district reporting deadline. Note that according to SAT and ACT published information, it may take 6 to 8 weeks for score reports to be sent. EED recognizes that students may wish to retest in the spring to improve scores; however, EED cautions choosing a June assessment date, as scores may not be available in time.

Your scholarship eligibility status is based on the information your school district provides to the Department of Education & Early Development (EED). EED is relying on the districts to determine your scholarship eligibility level and they may do so based on their standard policy or practice. Use of composite SAT or ACT scores is not prohibited.

Similarly, for WorkKeys, the school district may determine a student's scholarship eligibility by combining scores in each of the three tests (locating information, reading, mathematics), even if the tests were taken on different dates, as long as all of the relevant tests were taken at the student's school.

The high school must record and add the student's WorkKeys exam scores to their permanent student record at the school, and report the scores to EED. If students miss the test day at their high school, they need to reschedule the test with the school.

Note that qualifying for APS solely based on WorkKeys scores (as opposed to an SAT or ACT score) will allow a student to use the award for pursuit of an approved career and technical education certificate program only.

The APS application is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).*

Want free help filling it out? Watch the College Goal Alaska Video, which provides an overview of the FAFSA and a line-by-line walkthrough of the questions on the application.

The deadline to file the FAFSA for the APS is June 30 - but try to complete it as early as possible after it is released. The FAFSA becomes available in early January for the school year beginning the following Fall. Many financial aid programs using the FAFSA have deadlines as early as February 15.

You need to file a FAFSA for every academic year you plan to use the award. When you file, be sure to list at least one Alaska institution on your FAFSA - the institution you plan to attend should be listed first - and to list Alaska as your state of residency.


Did you know?

You can file the FAFSA before your taxes! You can use estimated information to meet deadlines and file a correction once your taxes are complete. Learn more about the FAFSA.

*Private School and Home-School Students Only

Students who are privately home-schooled or attend private schools must submit a request to the Department of Education and Early Development to determine their APS eligibility. The completed request form and all supporting documents must be submitted by July 15 for a determination prior to the upcoming APS award year.

Download APS Eligibility Determination Request Form

Don't forget - you must also complete the FAFSA by June 30 each year you plan to use the award!


Already Applied?

Log in to the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) to verify that ACPE has received your data. If you applied via the FAFSA on the Web, your information should be available in ASAP within five business days.

Remember you need to file a FAFSA every year in which you plan to use an APS award.

An alternative APS application is available through ASAP for students attending schools that do not receive FAFSA data.


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 but no later than June 30 for each year you plan to use the APS award. You can access the FAFSA through the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP). There is an alternate application available in ASAP for students attending schools that are not FAFSA-eligible.

Note that students graduating from private schools or who are privately homeschooled must submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Application to EED, in addition to applying via the FAFSA or alternate application.

The EFC has no impact on the APS amount you can qualify for. While the APS amount you can receive may be reduced if you are eligible to receive non-loan aid (such as other grants and scholarships) that reduce your cost of attendance, the EFC is considered self-help aid and is therefore not included in any calculation of APS eligibility or award amount.

To determine if the Alaska institution at which you intend to seek admission receives data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), go to fafsa.ed.gov and use the School Code Search to see if it has a federal school code. If the institution has a federal school code, you must complete the FAFSA to receive an APS award at that institution.

If your school does not have a federal school code, you need to use the alternate application available through the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP). Non-FAFSA school and their programs need to be approved for participation in the APS. All institutions and programs approved by ACPE and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development are listed in a drop-down list on the alternate application.

Students who have submitted the FAFSA can log in to the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) to securely access their eligibility information after August 1. If your eligibility information isn't available, check back weekly, as high school eligibility data is uploaded to ASAP on an ongoing basis. ACPE will also send a written award notice to students when their high school eligibility data is received. Students may also communicate directly with the Financial Aid Office at their postsecondary institution of enrollment.


So you've qualified and applied for the APS - now what?

To receive the first award, you must also:

  • be admitted to a qualifying degree or certificate program at a participating Alaska institution;
  • notify your institution before the enrollment certification deadline that you plan to attend using an APS award;
  • enroll in at least 12 credits per term to receive a full-time award (6 credits per term for a reduced half-time award); or a qualifying clock-hour CTE program
  • have unmet costs of attendance of $500 or more after considering all other non-loan aid, such as grants and other scholarships.

If you want to receive the maximum number of awards, remember:

  1. You must file a new FAFSA every year.
  2. You must meet continuing eligibility requirements.
  3. You have six years after high school graduation to fully use up to four years (eight semesters) of awards.


First Award Action Timeline

January 1 - January 30

Apply by the June 30 deadline.

Be sure to file the FAFSA for the academic year you plan to attend - not the previous year. Apply early (by February 15) to be considered for additional aid programs with the same application.

Log on to the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) to verify if your application has been received. If you apply via the FAFSA-on-the-Web, your information should be available on ASAP within five business days of completion.

August

Individual student high school eligibility status is available in ASAP.

Students can log into ASAP after August 1st to securely access their eligibility information. If your eligibility information isn't available, check back weekly, as high school eligibility data is uploaded to ASAP on an ongoing basis.

August - September

Postsecondary schools certify APS-qualifying enrollment status.

Be sure that, prior to school certification:

  1. your ASAP record lists the correct school you plan to attend. Unless you otherwise indicate, this is the school you list first on your FAFSA or alternate application. Request an institution transfer in ASAP if you need to change the institution listed.
  2. you have been admitted to a qualifying degree or certificate program at the school you plan to attend for the upcoming academic year. For questions about admissions, contact your school's registrar office.
  3. you are enrolled in the appropriate program or number of credits by your school’s enrollment deadline.
September 1 - 30

Schools begin requesting APS funds on behalf of their APS-eligible students.

The APS is sent to schools in two payments, usually 50% of the award when the student begins attendance, and the other 50% at the start of the next term or midpoint of a CTE program. Generally, your school will first apply your APS funds to your outstanding school debt for that year, if any, and then pay any remaining funds to you.

Work with your financial aid office to ensure you meet all payment deadlines.


The APS can be used at participating institutions in Alaska. The scholarship will be sent directly to the postsecondary institution for disbursement.

The APS can generally be used for certificate and degree programs offered by participating regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities, with rare exceptions. At participating career and technical institutions, the APS can be used for certificate and/or degree programs approved for the APS by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Note that students qualifying for the APS with WorkKeys scores can use the award for a career and technical education certificate program at either type of institution, but not for a degree program.

Award recipients may use the funds for unpaid costs of attendance certified by the postsecondary institution. These costs may include tuition, fees, books, required tools and supplies, room and board and transportation, in accordance with the standard budgets published by the institution. However, recipients must apply for other non-loan aid, such as state or federal grants or other scholarships. The sum of all other non-loan aid for which a student is eligible (including the UA Scholars award, if a student is designated by a qualified Alaska high school) will be deducted from the cost of attendance. Scholarship recipients will not receive an Alaska Performance Scholarship amount that is more than the remaining cost. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) identified on completion of the FAFSA is considered self-help and does not impact the Alaska Performance Scholarship amount a student may receive.

A prorated Alaska Performance Scholarship award may be available for eligible students studying at least half-time.

Costs of attendance are certified by the postsecondary institution. The cost of attendance may include tuition, fees, books, required tools and supplies, room and board and transportation. Costs of attendance is published in standard budges for each institution. All other non-loan aid (scholarships, grants, veteran's benefits, etc.) for which a student is eligible is deducted from the cost of attendance to calculate unmet costs of attendance. Scholarship recipients will not receive an Alaska Performance Scholarship amount that is more than the remaining unmet cost. Work-study aid, loan aid, and the federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) do not reduce a student's maximum APS amount.

Example A: Remaining Cost of Attendance $11,755

In this example, the total non-loan aid the student receives does not impact the maximum eligibility for the APS. The maximum APS amount is also impacted by the award level – in this example, the student qualified for a level 1 award based on the GPA and test score combination achieved. In this example, the remaining costs of attendance are greater than the APS award amount, so the student is eligible for the full award of $4,755.

Example B: Remaining Cost of Attendance $3,750

In this example, the total non-loan aid the student receives does impact the maximum eligibility for the APS. The maximum APS amount is also impacted by the award level – in this example, the student qualified for a level 1 award (up to $,755) based on the GPA and test score combination achieved; however the maximum eligibility amount has been reduced to no more than the remaining unmet costs. Here, the remaining costs of attendance are less than the APS award amount, so the maximum amount the student may receive has been reduced accordingly

Although full-time enrollment will impact the amount a student can receive, students enrolled at least half-time or for at least six semester credits can receive scholarships. Half-time graduate students enrolled in at least five semester credits and half-time vocational students enrolled in programs meeting at least 30 hours per week for at least six weeks may also qualify for a scholarship award. The scholarship amount will be proportionally reduced. Note that a half-time term counts equally as a full-time term towards the maximum 8 terms (4 years) of APS awards a student can receive.

Only if the study outside Alaska is part of a formal exchange program with an Alaska institution. As long as the otherwise qualified student remains enrolled in a degree program through an approved Alaska institution, and the Alaska institution is the recipient of the scholarship funds during the student's participation in an exchange program, the award can be used towards costs of attendance for the exchange program.

Students cannot use the award to attend postsecondary training or college outside of Alaska. However, students who are eligible for the award, but choose to study outside of Alaska, can return to Alaska and be certified to use their award at a later time. It is important to remember the award may only be used within six years of high school graduation, and the students must qualify as Alaska residents.

The APS provides for up to 6 years in which to use the maximum 8 semesters of aid. If you take time off before college, remember that you must complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 but no later than June 30 in the year you plan to attend. If you take a year off while already in college, be sure to review the requirements for continuing eligibility. For example, as a first-year APS recipient, you are required to complete 24 credits and achieve a 2.0 GPA for the academic year. If you then take a year off and return the year after, you are considered a second-year recipient and must complete 30 credits and achieve a 2.5 GPA for continued eligibility.

Yes. It must be used within six years of graduating high school unless the recipient qualifies for an extension, such as military service or an enrollment delay due to the availability of coursework that is beyond the student's control. Allowable extensions will be set in regulation by the State Board of Education & Early Development through a public process (see 4 AAC 43.045 Extensions of eligibility period).

Example: A student is experiencing delayed enrollment in the UAA Nursing Program due to the availability of coursework. The student can submit a written request to the EED Commissioner for a scholarship eligibility extension. The request must be accompanied by a signed statement from the institution of higher learning in which the student is admitted or enrolled attesting that the student has experienced or is experiencing an enrollment delay due to the availability of coursework required by the degree program the student is pursuing, and that the enrollment delay is beyond the student's control. The eligibility extension request must be postmarked no later than 30 days before the student's period of APS eligibility is set to expire.

In some cases, a student may qualify for two different levels of award based on different combinations of their GPA and test scores. For example, an eligible student might have a GPA of 3.5, an ACT score of 21, and WorkKeys scores of 5. In this case, a student is eligible for a level 1 award for pursuit of a career and technical education certificate program, but for a level 3 award for pursuit of a collegiate program such as an associate's or bachelor's degree.

A student with two eligibility levels may elect to pursue either or both program types. However, they cannot be used simultaneously and the total APS aid received may not exceed a total of 8 semesters. For example, a student could pursue a one-year certificate using two semesters of level 1 aid, and then enter a bachelor's degree to use up to six additional semesters of level 3 aid.

A student in this situation could also use up to the four total years of APS level 1 aid to receive multiple CTE certificates in sequence. Note – no more than one year of an award will be made for pursuit of the same career and technical certificate program, regardless of program length.

In either scenario, the student must still meet all continuing eligibility requirements to be eligible for an APS award for any subsequent certificate or term of study, including minimum GPA and credit accumulation requirements.

Typically the award is disbursed in two halves – one for the fall and one for the spring term. IF a student has not yet used the full annual award in preceding terms, a student may be able to receive an award for a summer term. Contact ACPE at 1-800-441-2962 to learn more.

To continue to receive the scholarship, students need to:

  • File a new FAFSA or approved alternate application by the deadline each year
  • Continue to be enrolled in a qualifying program of study
  • Meet the annual satisfactory academic progress requirements, including number of credits earned and GPA applicable to your postsecondary grade level

At a minimum, satisfactory academic progress requirements include:

During your 1st year as an APS recipient:

  • complete 24 semester credits or equivalent for full-time students (12 for half-time students receiving a prorated award)
  • achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

During your subsequent years as an APS recipient:

  • complete 30 semester credits or equivalent for full-time students (15 for half-time students receiving a prorated award)
  • achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

As a graduate student:

  • achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

You must also meet all requirements for satisfactory academic progress set by your institution, including requirements that may be higher.

Yes. An APS recipient may request scholarship funds on an accelerated basis in which the standard four years/eight semesters of funding is compressed into a three years/six semester timeframe. An APS recipient electing to do so must meet accelerated credit completion requirements, including completion of 36 semester hours in the first year of enrollment and 45 semester hours in each of the next two years of enrollment. Contact ACPE at 1-800-441-2962 to learn more.


You can get up to eight semesters (four years) of APS aid to use within six years of high school graduation.

To continue to receive the scholarship, you need to:

  1. file a new FAFSA by June 30 each year
  2. continue to enroll in a sufficient number of credits or clock hours
  3. meet annual satisfactory academic progress requirements
  4. continue to have unmet costs of attendance of $500 or more

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

During your 1st year, earn:

24 semester credits (12 for half-time students)

a 2.0+ cumulative GPA

During future years, earn:

30 semester credits (15 for half-time students)

a 2.5+ cumulative GPA

As a graduate student, earn:

a 2.5+ cumulative GPA

You must also meet any satisfactory academic progress requirements of your postsecondary institution and program.

APS Collegiate

APS checklist with information for students planning to complete a certificate program, associates degree, bachelor's degree, or those who are undecided. Reverse side has information and a checklist on how to keep the APS award once you achieve it.

APS Career/Technical

APS checklist with information for students planning to complete a career or technical certificate program only. Reverse side has information and a checklist on how to keep the APS award once you achieve it.

Private School Students Only

Students who are privately home-schooled or attend private schools must submit a request to the Department of Education and Early Development to determine their APS eligibility. The completed request form and all supporting documents must be submitted by July 15 for a determination prior to the upcoming APS award year.

Download APS Eligibility Determination Request Form

Don't forget - you must also complete the FAFSA by June 30 each year you plan to use the award!

Program Information

  • State Statute: AS 14.43.810-849. and AS 14.03.113
  • ACPE Regulations: 20 AAC 16 Article 2
  • Department of Education and Early Development Regulations: 4 AAC 43
  • Department of Labor Regulations: 8 AAC 81

Program Statistics

Data on Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) student eligibility, applications, and award acceptance for the first two academic years are now available. View More Statistics.


Alaska School Contact Lookup Tool

Select a school for the drop down menu below. Information for an Alaska Performance Scholarship contact person will display to the right.

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Information for School District Staff

Thank you for your work helping students prepare to be eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS).

Erin Thompson is the APS Program Coordinator for the Department of Education & Early Development (EED). She is responsible for helping school districts meet their obligations to: 1) determine students’ APS eligibility, 2) ensure this information becomes part of each student’s permanent school records, and, 3) ensure student eligibility status is transmitted to EED.

School districts will provide this information to EED through their Summer OASIS reporting. The due date for the Summer OASIS data collection is July 15. EED encourages school districts to submit their complete and accurate data in a timely fashion so that students will receive ample notice of their eligibility status.

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APS Program Participation For Educational Institutions

APS LogoAll schools or postsecondary training providers requesting to administer Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) funds must:

1. Have an established status with the Commission on Postsecondary Education.

2. Submit the Program Participation Agreement and all supporting documentation.

View a list of participating Alaska postsecondary institutions.

 

Important Information: The deadline for the application period for Alaska postsecondary institutions wishing to enroll students receiving APS funds is March 31 of the year prior to the academic year beginning July 1. For more information, please contact our office at ACPE@alaska.gov or 800.441.2962 (In Juneau, dial 907.465.2962).

 

 

Required Forms:

Application and Certification:  Required for all institutions requesting to administer APS funds.

Career and Technical Education CTE Certificate Program Information: Complete for each APS-eligible CTE certificate program. For purposes of scholarship determination, a CTE certificate program is a terminal non-degree program intended to lead directly to employment.

The following sample documents must be included for each CTE certificate program the institution intends to be APS-eligible:

  1. The credential awarded upon completion of the program (ex: blank diploma or certificate).

  2. The enrollment contract and/or admissions application provided to students.

  3. The institutional catalog, program brochure and/or other information provided to students containing program description and itemized student costs.

Required Forms:

Application and Certification: Required for all institutions requesting to administer APS funds.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certificate Program Information: For the purposes of scholarship determination, a CTE certificate program is a terminal non-degree program intended to lead directly to employment.  Attach one CTE Certificate Program Information Form for each CTE certificate program.

The following sample documents must be included for each CTE certificate program the institution intends to be APS-eligible:

  1. The credential awarded upon completion of the program (ex: blank diploma or certificate).

  2. The enrollment contract and/or admissions application provided to students.

  3. The institutional catalog, program brochure and/or other information provided to students containing program description and itemized student costs.

Institutional financial information for the most recently completed fiscal year.

Consent for Release of Information to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. (Required for sole proprietorships and related non-corporate ownership structures.)

MEET APS RECIPIENTS – We are proud of all the dedicated students that have received the APS. Here are 3 student stories.
Andrew Lastimoso
-- APS Level 2, 2013
Money was tight when Andrew's parents were raised in the Philippines, so tight that as children they would study by candlelight because their families couldn't afford electricity. Both parents, knowing the value of an education, pursued and instilled that same value in Dimond HS graduate Andrew Lastimoso. Andrew now shares his journey for the Alaska Performance Scholarship with the rest of us.
Sheryce Marshall
-- APS Level 3, 2012
Life didn't always come easy for Thunder Mountain High School graduate Sheryce Marshall. But with a positive attitude, perseverance, and a little help from the Alaska Performance Scholarship Sheryce is living the dream she's envisioned for herself. This is Sheryce's story.
Ian Sanders
-- APS Level 1, 2011
Ian said his family could not afford to send him to college. Then he learned about the Alaska Performance Scholarship from his Bethel High School College & Career Guide. Loaded with this information and focused determination, Ian graduated with a 4.4 GPA! He is now attending UAA and ready to change the world! This is Ian's story.

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Track your Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) and Alaska Education Grant (AEG).

  • Was my FAFSA received?
  • What APS level did my school report for me?
  • How much time do I have left to use my awards?
  • Why did I not get an award this year?  

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Students, parents, educators, and other interested parties are welcome to join us to learn more about the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS). Participants will learn about eligibility requirements, award levels, the application process, and using the award. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

                
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