A college education has become a significant expense for most families and requires careful planning. Whatever your financial situation is, we encourage you to use this information to help you understand college funding so you can navigate the financial aid process with greater ease.

State Financial Aid

States provide many financial aid opportunities to help ease the cost of a college education. Please select the state you reside in to learn about state sponsored internships, scholarships and financial aid programs for undergraduate students and assistantships, fellowships, and residency programs for graduate and professional students.


For more detailed information on state financial aid programs contact:

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE)

Juneau Office
3030 Vintage Blvd.
Juneau, Alaska 99801-7100
907/465.2962 or 800/441-2962 Customer Service
907/465-5316 Fax
907/465-3143 TTY

Anchorage Office
707 A Street, Suite 206
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3600

The following are financial aid programs available to students who are residents of the state of Alaska.

A.W. “Winn” Brindle Memorial Education Loan

The A.W. “Winn” Brindle Memorial Education Loan Program was established in memory of A.W. “Winn” Brindle who was president of the Wards Cove Packing Company and Columbia Wards Fisheries. It is funded by private donations and contributions from fisheries in exchange for state tax credits. The funds provide educational loans to Alaska residents for full-time study in fisheries-related programs.

No annual or lifetime loan limits.

Up to 50% forgiveness benefits to qualifying borrowers.


  • Must be an Alaska resident
  • Full-time enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate study in fisheries-related programs

How to Apply

Apply online now to receive an immediate response to your credit check. You can also download and submit a paper application.

If you have any questions about the Winn Brindle Loan Program, call (907) 465-6741.

Alaska Performance Scholarship

The new Alaska Performance Scholarship is an invitation to excellence for Alaska students and schools. Proposed by the Parnell Administration and supported by the Alaska Legislature, the program aims to improve high school performance and encourage Alaskans to better prepare for postsecondary education and career success.

Starting with the high school graduating class of 2011, Alaska Performance Scholarship awards will be available for postsecondary education and training to qualifying students who pursue a rigorous high school curriculum and perform well on a college- or career-readiness assessment.

My Steps to Qualify for the APS

  1. Develop a plan for completing the curriculum required for your class year with your high school counselor. You can use the APS pathways in the “My Course Plan” section of your free Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS) portfolio as a starting point.
  2. Work to achieve the highest GPA you can.
  3. Prepare for and take an SAT and/or ACT practice test. Sign up to take the SAT and/or ACT early, so you can retake them if you want to better your score. List your high school as a recipient of your score. Also, see what your options are based on WorkKeys scores.
  4. Research qualifying Alaska colleges and training programs and choose the one that’s right for you. Apply early.
  5. Log in to the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) , and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as early as possible after January 1 the year you want to use the award. Check back in to ASAP regularly to review your status.
  6. Don’t forget to research other financial aid available to you.