Monday, January 9, 2012

Paying your way through college

Have you taken a moment to calculate the estimated costs of tuition, room, and board at UAF? If you have, you've probably figured out that going to college costs money, and you're probably in search of some assistance (by that I mean cash). We are here to help direct you to a few great resources.

Feb. 15 is the deadline for applications for UAF privately funded scholarships. For more information contact or visit

Admissions annual event, Discover UAF: Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarships will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in the lobby of Signers' Hall. Participants will hear from representatives from the Office of Admissions and the Registrar and the Financial Aid Office about the admissions application process, how to apply for scholarships, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The Financial Aid Office is hosting its annual Financial Sense Day on Wednesday, February 1. If you live in Fairbanks, this is a great opportunity to attend free financial literacy workshops throughout the day. Topics include:

  • Writing a scholarship essay
  • Living on less
  • Money skills
  • Money management tools
  • Paying for college
  • Discover your money personality
  • History of money
  • Understanding personal finance
  • Using your parents' GI bill
  • Getting out of debt
  • Avoiding bank fees
  • Money realities
  • Tax filing

The event runs from 9 am - 8 pm with workshop at the Wood Center (UAF Main Campus), and at the Community and Technical College (604 Barnette Street). Additionally, students can attend a Financial fair from 10 - 1 pm in the Wood Center and receive FAFSA application help in the Rasmuson Library (lab room 301) from 12-2 pm or at CTC (computer lab) from 6-7:30 pm.

Contact Ashley Munro at or 474‐1934 for more information.

Another great event to think about attending is College Goal Sunday. This annual event is offered throughout the state and is available to anyone.

Traditionally offered right around Super Bowl Sunday - and conveniently just prior to tax season - College Goal Sunday provides on-site expert assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is used for many forms of aid, from grants to loans to work-study. Did you know the FAFSA is also the application for the new Alaska Performance Scholarship?

College Goal Sunday is a 2-hour event where financial aid professionals from Alaska's higher education institutions and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education will join other volunteers in key locations statewide to help Alaska's students complete the paperwork.

Ashley Munro, Financial Aid Advisor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will provide expert, line-by-line advice on the FAFSA and will be available to answer your financial aid questions. Internet and phone access are required to participate. Students and adult learners are welcome to attend these sessions.

Other great resources:

These websites relate to financial aid. The UAF Financial Aid Office and UAF do not control the content or take responsibility for the content of these pages. However, UAF Financial Aid staff have looked at these sites and found helpful information on a variety of topics including free scholarship searches and loan repayment options, to name a few.

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