Eligibility

Who can get an Alaska Performance Scholarship?

An Alaska resident who graduates from an Alaska high school in or after 2011, and who meets the following requirements:

  • completes a rigorous high school curriculum, as defined by regulations
  • achieves a high school GPA of at least 2.5, or equivalent
  • earns a minimum score on college or career readiness test
  • enrolls at least half time, and remains in good standing, in a certificate or higher program at a qualifying Alaska institution
  • has qualifying unmet costs of attendance after considering all other non-loan aid
  • has not yet received the maximum Alaska scholarship program aid (eight semesters)

This includes graduates from public schools and private schools, and home school students who have taken the required courses. Students who hold GEDs are not eligible.

Are high school seniors graduating in December eligible for the APS?

High school seniors graduating a semester early (in December) can receive the Alaska Performance Scholarship if they meet all eligibility requirements. However, it is important to note that they are still considered part of their graduating class. For example, a student graduating in December 2013 is required to meet the curriculum requirements for the class of 2014. APS awards for December graduates will not be available until after the completion of the school year. Therefore, they may not receive any award for postsecondary study before the start of the next academic year, even if they graduate in December and begin a postsecondary program of study prior to the end of the school year.

Is a student who does not receive a high school diploma (instead receives a General Educational Development certificate or Certificate of Achievement) eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship?

No. Students must graduate from an Alaskan high school with a high school diploma, and meet all other eligibility requirements, to be eligible for the scholarship.

Are homeschooled students eligible for the APS?

Homeschooled students can qualify for the APS.

Homeschooled students who participate in a school district program will have their eligibility information (GPA, entrance exam scores, curriculum) reported by the district office to the Department of Education and Early Development. Students seeking a determination need only submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply.

Privately homeschooled students must submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Request Form to the Department of Education and Early Development.  The form requests information about the student’s identification and education, as well as copies of transcripts and entrance exam score reports. This eligibility determination request form and required supporting documents must be received by July 15 for students to be considered for the APS.  Students seeking a determination must also complete the FAFSA no later than June 30 of the year in which they plan to use the award.

Are private school students eligible for the APS?

Students attending private schools accredited under 4 AAC 04.300 can qualify for the APS. Private school students need to submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Request Form to the Department of Education and Early Development. The form requests information about the student’s identification and education, as well as copies of transcripts and entrance exam score reports. This eligibility determination request form and required supporting document must be received by July 15 for students to be considered for the APS.  Students seeking a determination must also complete the FAFSA no later than June 30 of the year in which they plan to use the award.

Are students who receive a high school diploma through a program like the Alaska Military Youth Academy or Job Corps eligible for the Alaska Performance Scholarship?

There are several private high school completion programs in Alaska that offer either a GED program, a high school diploma program, or both. Students who receive a GED are not eligible for the scholarship; however, those who receive an Alaska high school diploma through such programs may be eligible as long as they meet all other requirements. Such students must submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Request Form to the Department of Education and Early Development to determine if their high school credential is equivalent to a qualifying Alaska diploma, for purposes of determining scholarship eligibility.

Is the child of an Alaska resident, who graduates from a high school outside of Alaska, for example due to military assignment, eligible for the APS?

The statute governing the APS states that students must graduate from an Alaska high school. Therefore, students in the situation described are not eligible for the APS.