FAFSA - How to Apply

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. 


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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.


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.

*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!