Alaska State Financial Aid: Grants & Scholarships

File FAFSA® First

The state of Alaska offers a variety of financial aid programs to in-state students to make getting a college education more affordable.  

Financial aid eligibility in Alaska starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA®. 

Apply for Alaska State Financial Aid

The Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education offers several scholarships and grants to Alaska state residents. These financial aid programs are available for students attending colleges, universities, and trade schools. 

The Alaska Advantage Grant

This need-based grant is sponsored by the state, and students are automatically applied when they file their FAFSA®. Eligible students can be awarded between $500-$2,000 per school year. Students must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in college or university
  • Be a legal resident of Alaska
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Be a US citizen

Alaska International Education Foundation (AIEF)

The AIEF offers scholarships and grants to students who plan on pursuing an education that facilitates a relationship between Alaska and other nations. This financial aid program supports students studying both in Alaska as well as abroad, as long as the student is an Alaskan resident. 

Bureau of Indian Education

To be eligible for this financial aid program, students must be at least one-quarter blood-related or a descendent of an American Indian tribe. Students must also file the FAFSA® application and be enrolled in college or university. 

Alaskan students looking for additional grants to help pay for college and encouraged to look for resources elsewhere and apply for grants with nationwide eligibility. 

Have more questions about Alaska state financial aid or the FAFSA® application? The Frank Team is here for you! You can email us at or text us at (347) 690-7886. 

Good luck!