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Top Colleges in Alaska

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Despite being the largest state in the US, Alaska has one of the country’s smallest populations. Nevertheless, there are several college options for born-and-bred Alaskans or anyone looking to get their higher education in the Last Frontier. Use our list below to browse colleges in Alaska by size, graduation rate, cost, admissions rate, and more:

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State grants in Alaska

Alaska Education Grant (AEG):

The Alaska Education Grant rewards Alaska students based on their financial need which is determined by their FAFSA Student Aid Index (SAI). Other considerations that might affect the award amount include enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time) and when you file your FAFSA. Typically, this grant can range from $500 to $4,000 per academic year. To see if you qualify and if your institution participates, make sure to check out your school’s financial aid office. 

Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS):

The Alaska Performance Scholarship allows high school students to earn up to $19,020 for higher education. The award will vary based on students’ high school GPA and their college entrance exam scores, such as ACTs and SATs. These numbers will award students a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 sum. This scholarship is available only at participating Alaska institutions, as well as some approved technical education programs. To apply, students must file their FAFSA, and then they can keep track of their status through the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP). 

Alaska tuition reciprocity agreements

Alaska is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), which means that students have the opportunity to pay discounted tuition by attending participating institutions in partner states. 

States in the WUE are listed below:

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Alaska

What is the hardest Alaska college to get into?

 The school with the lowest acceptance rate in Alaska is the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a rate of 65% of students being accepted. While other Alaska colleges have higher acceptance rates, it’s important for students to remember that every application varies from person to person, so it’s better to apply to multiple colleges for a greater chance of success.

Does Alaska have tuition reciprocity?

Yes! Alaska is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), so students in partner states have the opportunity to attend schools in Alaska and pay in-state tuition. The same tuition discounts can be applied to Alaska students studying in partner states.

Why should I study in Alaska?

The first thing you might think of when thinking about Alaska is its wintery climate. This means that along with getting the chance to study in some snow, you may even be able to see the beautiful Northern Lights! Another adorably fun fact about Alaska is that you’re more than likely to see some sled dogs at some point, as dog mushing is Alaska’s state sport. Beyond that, many colleges in Alaska provide the unique opportunity to study native languages as well as the history and culture of the native people of Alaska. Finally, Alaska students, as well as some students in partner WUE states, have the opportunity to go to school at in-state tuition rates.

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