My Steps 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.


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!

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education will accept 2013-2014 Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs) for Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) award consideration through December 13, 2013, contingent upon:

  • Funding availability after awards are made to students who applied by the original June 30 deadline; and
  • The applicant having met all other APS academic eligibility requirements prior to July 2013.

During this time period, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development will continue to process 2013 Eligibility Determination Request Forms for 2013 private school graduates or privately homeschooled graduates who met initial eligibility requirements by their graduation date.

If you’ve already filed a FAFSA, check your Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) account for updates to your award status.