Steps to Take to Qualify for the APS

Courses 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. 

Grades 2. Work to achieve the highest GPA you can. 

Scores 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.

Cap 4. Research participating Alaska colleges and training programs and choose the one that’s right for you. Apply early.

FAFSA 5. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1 every year you want to use the award.

Looking Glass Icon6. Optional: Create an account in to the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) to track your status.


 APS Eligibility Progress Checklists

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!