Alaska FAFSA Completion Initiative

Welcome to our centralized Alaska FAFSA Completion Initiative site! ACPE, US Department of Education Federal Student Aid (FSA), and education and workforce development professionals from postsecondary institutions and Alaska Native organizations across Alaska have teamed up to deliver one centralized location for you to access necessary financial aid information and resources.

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FAFSA Reminder

2023 Alaska FAFSA Summit

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE), with support from the University of Alaska, hosted its first Alaska FAFSA Summit on October 26-27, 2023.


The Summit brought together education and workforce development stakeholders from secondary and postsecondary institutions, state agencies, community organizations/non-profits, and Alaska Native organizations to develop strategies to increase FAFSA completion through statewide initiatives and/or policies.


2023 Alaska FAFSA Summit Agenda | US Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Opening Message

Guest Presentations:
Work Sessions Materials:

New FAFSA Coming in December 2023!

FAFSA Reminder

Federal Student Aid (FSA) is making sweeping changes to the FAFSA for the 2024-2025 school year. These changes include updated application questions, financial need calculations, as well as the FAFSA platform itself. The new FAFSA will not be launched until December 2023, instead of October 1st.

Remember, you should file the FAFSA as early as possible after it is released – some institutions have very early FAFSA deadlines – check with your school's Financial Aid Office to find out. Some programs may have later deadlines. The priority deadline to file the FAFSA for the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) and the Alaska Education Grant (AEG) is June 30.

ACPE Is Here to Help!

ACPE Financial Aid Planning Guide outlines the pathway for education partners and students to follow in order to maximize students and families’ understanding and preparedness, leading to successful FAFSA completion. The Guide provides more detail about each ACPE resource as well as contact information/links to participate.

Education Partners

FAFSA Master the Training

ATTENTION! ACPE's Master the FAFSA Training sessions are ON HOLD until December 2023 when Better FAFSA is released. For more information, please reach out to Dominika Szpotanska, ACAC Coordinator, at dominika.szpotanska@alaska.gov.

ACPE’s Master the FAFSA Training empowers education stakeholders and provides them with the knowledge and deeper understanding of the FAFSA process (for dependent and independent students) so that they have more confidence assisting their students and families independently with successful FAFSA completion. ACPE’s Master the FAFSA Training is available weekly, on every Tuesday, from 2:00 to 3:30pm.

ATTENTION: This is not a series of training sessions. Weekly ACPE’s Master the FAFSA Training sessions are separate sessions that cover exactly the same material. Education stakeholders are encouraged to register for one session for dependent students and/or one session for independent students based on the student population they serve.

Individuals | Students | Families

ACPE offers multiple routes leading to successful FAFSA completion. To sign and submit the FAFSA electronically, both a dependent student and one parent are required to create an account (FSA ID). Check How to Create an Account and Username (FSA ID) for StudentAid.gov.


FAFSA Time Alaska:

  • FAFSA Line-by-Line Demonstration
  • Presented to students/families via Zoom
  • School/organization must be present for oversight
  • Request via email
  • If additional assistance needed, students/families encouraged to join FAFSA Wednesdays, or to make an appointment with the ACPE Success Center Staff


FAFSA Wednesdays

  • Join any time - Wednesdays between 3:00 and 6:00pm
  • Registration not required!
  • For individuals/students/families
  • One-on-one FSA ID and FAFSA completion assistance
  • Breakout rooms used if more than one individual at the same time to maintain privacy


ACPE Success Center

ACPE Success Center

  • For individuals/students/families who are unable to attend FAFSA Wednesdays
  • One-on-one FSA ID and FAFSA completion assistance (virtual or in-person)
  • Appointment required via youcanbook.me or by calling 800-441-2962 opt#4


University of Alaska Anchorage

For FAFSA assistance, students can look at uaafinaid.youcanbook.me to book an appointment with our advisor. For other options, students can come into the lobby or contact the 907-786-1480, option 4 to speak with a financial aid advisor.

University of Alaska Southeast

For FAFSA Assistance at UAS, students can connect with the UAS Financial Aid Office by email at uas.finaid@alaska.edu or by phone (907)796-6255.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks staff may be offering FAFSA assistance in your community soon! Visit https://uaf.edu/finaid/fafsa/ to learn more!

If you can’t make it to an in-person event, UAF staff are available through appointment booking and also in virtual Q&A Sessions

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Postsecondary Resources Available for Download

Visit Success Center Materials page to download free financial aid quick sheets, college & career planning resource, educational loan rack cards, APS & AEG information, and more