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Alaska Performance Scholarship(APS)

Earn up to $19,020 for your education

Level 1
$4,755/yr

High School GPA 3.5

ACT 25, SAT 1210, WorkKeys*

Specified curriculum
Level 2
$3,566/yr

High School GPA 3.0

ACT 23, SAT 1130, WorkKeys*

Specified curriculum
Level 3
$2,378/yr

High School GPA 2.5

ACT 21, SAT 1060, WorkKeys *

Specified curriculum

* Students can also earn a Career and Technical Education (CTE) award by scoring 13 or higher on the WorkKeys exam, in addition to meeting the curriculum requirements. The student's GPA determines the award level.

Note: CTE awards can only be used for certificate programs of study. They cannot be used for collegiate (degree) programs of study.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) awards can be earned with a qualifying WorkKeys score; however, the APS can only be used for certificate programs of study. CTE awards cannot be used for collegiate programs of study.

  • Same curriculum requirements and award levels as the collegiate award
  • The student's GPA determines their award level      
Class of 2022 APS Eligibility Update:

The standardized test score (ACT, SAT, WorkKeys*) requirement for Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) eligibility is in effect for the Class of 2022. To qualify for the APS, the Class of 2022 must meet the eligibility requirements pertaining to:

  • Complete specific, rigorous high school curriculum
  • Earn Minimum GPA
  • Meet qualifying score on college/career entrance exam (ACT, SAT, WorkKeys*)



Students must complete the FAFSA in order to receive the APS.
Visit ACPE's Alaska FAFSA Completion site for FAFSA resources.

 


To qualify, students must meet minimum test scores on the ACT, SAT, or WorkKeys. Students are strongly encouraged to test between September and March of their senior year to ensure there is enough time for test scores to be recorded on their official transcript.

 


 

Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Download General APS FAQs  Here

 

The APS provides an opportunity for Alaska high school students to earn a scholarship to help cover the cost of an Alaska postsecondary education.

Eligibility requirements for APS include:

  • Alaska residents who graduate from an Alaska high school (public, private, or home school);
  • Take a rigorous curriculum,
  • Earn minimum of 2.5 GPA;
  • Meet qualifying score on college/career entrance exam

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.

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.

Ideally, students should start course planning to meet APS requirements in 7th or 8th grade to be prepared for the APS curriculum requirements that begin in high school. In junior high/middle school, students should work with their school counselor to create a schedule that prepares them for APS coursework that starts in 9th grade.

  • 7th – 12th Grade
    1. Make a plan to complete the APS curriculum with your high school counselor. Review this plan EVERY YEAR.
    2. Start with the checklist for your class year (see below) and/or "My Course Plan" in your Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) portfolio.
    3. Work to achieve the highest GPA you can.

  • 11th & 12th Grade
    1. 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,
    2. Research participating Alaska colleges and training programs and choose the one that's right for you. Apply early.

  • 12th Grade
    1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year soon after October 1 of your senior year.
      • The FAFSA is considered to be your APS application. Students must complete the FAFSA and select a participating Alaska postsecondary institution in order to receive the APS
    2. Create an account in to the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) to track your award eligibility status and its processing. APS eligibility information is available by mid-August following your high school graduation.

After meeting the APS eligibility requirements, a student has 6 years to utilize the APS award after high school graduation, unless a student qualifies for an extension.

APS is paid directly to schools in two payments each year, once a student is admitted and enrolled in a program. Students can monitor their status in their Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) account.

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. (see APS FAQs for full details)

To receive the first APS award, students must:

  • Submit the FAFSA by June 30th deadline for the academic year you plan to attend
  • 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.
  • Create an Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) account and check it frequently to verify your application has been received
 

To maximize the number of awards you receive (continuing eligibility), remember:

  • You must meet continuing eligibility requirements (see APS FAQs for full details)
    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; and,
    5. If enrolled in a certificate program, receive the certificate.

The Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) is where a student can review APS eligibility status and award level reported by their school district, track continuing eligibility and scholarship usage. APS eligibility information is available by mid-August following high school graduation. 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.

Private / Homeschool 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 the APS Private School/Homeschool Eligibility Determination Application Form

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

 

Department of Education and Early Development Contact Information:

Felicia Swanson
Program Coordinator, APS Program
Tel: 907-465-2980
Fax: 907-465-8400
felicia.swanson@alaska.gov