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Loan Application Process

You should apply for an Alaska state loan after your school's financial aid office has determined your unmet financial need. Once your loan is approved you must formally accept the Loan Approval Disclosure (LAD) by logging on to your ACPE on-Line account. Acceptance of the LAD will schedule your loan disbursements. This process allows you a 10-day right to cancel period, so we recommend that you allow a minimum of three weeks for the loan approval and disbursement process. With approval from your school, we will process your application even if it comes in after your school term begins, as long as your academic period has not ended.

Apply for Alaska state education loans by completing a loan application with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE). To keep borrowing costs as low as possible, always apply for the federal Direct Stafford Loan before you apply for any Alaska State Education Loans. Included in the Alaska Student Loan application is the Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form which informs students to contact their Financial Aid office to determine the estimated cost of attendance and financial assistance available to help students keep borrowing cost low.

In some cases, your school may allow you to apply for an Alaska state loan without completing the FAFSA. ACPE strongly recommends you complete the FAFSA to get the best possible financial aid package. To complete an Alaska state loan application, you have the following options:

  • Complete an online application
  • Print out and complete a loan application
  • Request a paper application from ACPE customer service.
It is best if your first reference is a relative that does not live with you. A reference should be someone you stay in contact with, and would be able to verify your contact information if necessary.
A promissory note is the contract between you and the lender. By signing it you agree to the terms and conditions under which you are borrowing.
After you accept the loan application disclosure, your loan funds will be sent directly to the school's financial aid office, based on their scheduled financial aid disbursement dates. Be sure to work with the school's financial aid office to ensure all school financial aid steps are completed.

There are many factors that contribute to the length of time an application will take to process through the system. The loan application process can take two or more weeks. The application tracker on your online account If you are unable to view the application tracker on your account home page on ACPE’s web site, your application may have already been processed.

If your application has been approved you can view the status of your loan through the “My Account” feature on ACPE’s web site. Select “View My Account” to view loan status information.


Loan Eligibility

No. If you are currently an Alaska resident, you can benefit from the Alaska state education loans if attending a participating school outside of Alaska, as long as you maintain your Alaska residency.

You may qualify for expanded borrower benefits if you attend a school in Alaska, or if you reside in Alaska after you complete school.

No. You do not need to be an Alaska resident as long as you are attending a participating school physically located in Alaska. If you plan to attend a school outside of Alaska, and use the Alaska state loan, you must be a resident of Alaska.

A credit score is a number derived from information in your national credit bureau file, it represents the likelihood that you will be able to repay a loan as required. A credit score does not consider employment or income. Your credit score is based on your previous repayment history, the relationship between available credit and your repayment obligations.

ACPE uses the FICO score, provided by the Experian credit bureau. A FICO score is a proprietary credit score, developed by Fair Isaac Company (FICO). FICO scores range from 300-850, the higher the score the better. Read more about credit scores by visiting the Understanding Credit page.

Alaska law specifically requires that Alaska Supplemental Education Loan (ASEL) applicants have a credit history that demonstrates the ability to repay a loan obligation. ACPE requires a FICO score of 680 to be eligible for the ASEL. If you do not have a credit score of 680 or greater, you may not have used credit enough to have established the required FICO score. Don't worry though, you also have the option of applying with a cosigner that has a credit score of 680 or higher.

A cosigner on a loan assumes responsibility for the loan if the borrower should fail to repay the loan. A cosigner has an independent responsibility to repay the loan and to notify ACPE in the event of changes affecting the cosigner or the student borrower.

ACPE may notify the cosigner of delinquency in repayment, deferments granted, or any repayment agreement that increases the amount due on the loan. You may elect to provide an endorser/cosigner to ensure your application is found to be creditworthy. If you elect to provide an endorser/cosigner in support of your loan request, that person will continue to be a responsible party for the loan even in the event you meet the credit conditions independently.

You may borrow up to your costs of attendance as certified by your school for tuition, fees, living expenses, books and supplies, transportation, and certain other approved costs, up to the annual limit for your grade level. Always borrow responsibly by taking out the lowest amount you need to minimize your debt.


Loan Repayment FAQs

Your monthly payment amount will be based on the amount of your debt, interest information, and the allowable repayment period (how long you have to repay the debt).

FinAid.org offers a variety of financial tools to help you manage your college expenses and education loans. Specifically, there is a loan payment calculator that calculates estimated monthly payment.

If you are having trouble making payments on your student loans, the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) may be able to help. Read more about repayment assistance.

Don't wait until your account becomes delinquent or in default. If you are unable to make a payment, contact ACPE as soon as possible to discuss options that could adjust your repayment schedule and lower, or even postpone your monthly payments.

Yes. Deferments on loans to students are automatic for the entire time you remain in school on at least a half-time basis. A variety of deferments are also available if you experience certain hardships while in repayment.


For more information about Loan Repayment visit our Repayment page
Consolidation Loans

During consolidation you take out a new loan that pays off the eligible underlying loans, so you have just one loan with a single, fixed interest rate.

For state loan (also called alternative loans) consolidation loans, the interest rate is a fixed rate of interest which corresponds to the program year in which the application is received. The interest rate is set annually for each new program year, July 1 through June 30. The interest rate for the upcoming program year will be announced no later than June 30.

Borrowers wishing to consolidate federal Stafford loans should consolidate with the Federal Direct Loan program.

Federal and state laws do not allow us to consolidate your Alaska state education loans with federally-guaranteed loans.

No, ACPE does not offer spousal consolidation loans.

Yes, Alternative Consolidation Loans require a credit check. Borrowers who are in repayment on their Alaska Education Loans may have the 680 FICO score requirement waived if they have made all payments due in full and on time for the 18 months preceding the consolidation application. If you believe you meet this exception you must contact us and request an account review to determine eligibility.

There are still options available for consolidation. Contact our customer service center.

Avoiding Default

Default results if you fail to make a series of scheduled minimum monthly payments on your loan account. Negative consequences of default may begin when a loan becomes 180 days past due. Default and delinquency cause long-term damage to your credit record.

If you default on your loan, any or all of the following may happen:

  • The entire loan balance (principal and interest) becomes immediately due and payable

  • You will lose your deferment options

  • You may be charged collection costs

  • Your loan(s) status will be reported to national credit bureaus, including delinquency and default

  • Your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) may be garnished and applied to your loan(s)

  • Your wages may be garnished to repay your loan(s)

  • You may not be able to renew your professional license

  • You may lose eligibility to obtain educational aid in the future

  • Your school may withhold copies of your transcripts

  • Your account may be referred to the loan guarantor for additional collection action, which may include income tax garnishment, being sued for the balance of your loan and other collection type activities.

  • Your account may be referred to a collection agency
  • Read the terms of your promissory note carefully to know your obligations and options

  • Read and respond to any correspondence you receive from ACPE

  • Notify ACPE if you change your address or phone number

  • Notify ACPE if you leave or return to school

  • Contact us immediately if you are unable to make your scheduled monthly payment

  • Learn about and use the deferment, forbearance or repayment plans available to you

Don't wait until your account becomes delinquent or in default. If you are unable to make a payment, contact ACPE as soon as possible to discuss options that could adjust your repayment schedule and lower, or even postpone your monthly payments.


call toll free 800-441-2962
or in Juneau 907-465-2962
ACPE@alaska.gov