In this unprecedented environment, one of the primary concerns for the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education is ensuring meaningful relief is available for state student loan borrowers impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To mitigate adverse economic impacts, the Commission has implemented a number of strategies to support borrowers:
October 1st is the first day that you will be able to complete your 2021-2022 FAFSA. Whether you are currently a senior in high school or a student who has more years of postsecondary education ahead, you will need to complete it if you want federal aid. Here are some common questions we receive in our office regarding the FAFSA.
When looking for college or career training options, there’s nothing bad about going out of state but there are great benefits to staying in state – specifically in Alaska. Below are a few I’ve listed;
Lots of students become very ambitious when taking courses. In high school, taking six or seven classes each semester is the norm, however, that is not the norm in college. Some students may become overwhelmed and stop showing up to a specific class because they are falling behind. Little did they know, instructors can give a student an F if they stop showing up to classes without formally dropping or withdrawing. So I do recommend that you talk to your instructor if you are having trouble i...
If loans are part of your plan for college or career training, the first way to save is to do your research and pick the best loan. But there’s another secret to big savings: payments in school.
One of the most common questions I hear at financial aid offices is, “have you completed your FAFSA?” Most students, this time of year, have. However, there may be other requirements that you need to complete before receiving your federal loans. Your financial aid is sent to the institution, but before they disburse the funds, you may need to sign the master promissory note and complete entrance loan counseling. Here’s what you need to know:
The Success Center offers free resources to all Alaska postsecondary students and their families. For those unfamiliar with the Success Center, we’d like to share with you about our services.
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While looking up the Cost of Attendance at any given school, you will find it made up of direct costs (tuition, books, fees) and indirect costs (housing, food, transportation). It is spelled out pretty simple, but sometimes life isn’t that simple, and the ability to pay for an education could be challenging. We recommend that you complete your FAFSA, apply for scholarships, and talk to your financial aid office to find as many options as you can. Additionally, there may be some local resourc...
We can all agree that college is not cheap. Figuring out a clear plan for you to achieve the goal of finishing takes a great deal of time, energy, and finances. Choosing how to invest your money is something to seriously think about, especially when life happens. Did you know that more than half of people who start a college or training program do not finish? If you fall into that category, or know someone who does, we encourage you to try again. Here’s why:
You completed the FAFSA, you received the Student Aid Report (SAR), now what? Many students aren’t aware but one out of three students will be selected for verification, and if you are chosen don’t worry, its routine. Verification is to ensure that the information is accurate, because people are human and mistakes can happen. Simply putting down the wrong birthday, social security number, or putting tax information in the wrong box can make it difficult for financial aid offices to give you ...