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 following requirements are eligible for an APS award:
- complete a rigorous high school curriculum (listed on APS Eligibility Progress Checklists)
- achieve a high school GPA of at least 2.5, or equivalent
- earn a minimum score on college or career readiness test (21 on the ACT, 1450 on the SAT), or achieve a combined score of at least 13 in all three WorkKeys tests, with no score lower than 4
- enroll at least half time, remain in good standing, and complete the continuing eligibility requirements in an approved program at a participating Alaska institution
- have at least $500 of unmet cost of attendance, after using all other non-loan aid (e.g. federal grants or other scholarships)
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.
Recipients can view award details in their Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) account. Go to "Receiving the First Award" for more information on the APS timeline.