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Getting Started

The first step in applying for financial aid is to apply for admission to Alaska Pacific University and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

APU’s Title IV Code: 001061

Student Financial Services should receive the results of your FAFSA within three days. Be sure you check your APU email often.

Remember, APU student email is our official communication link with all students. Examples of communications include:

  • request for verification documents (if required)
  • award letter
  • notices sent out periodically by the Director of Student Financial Services
  • updates on Policies and Procedures (both Financial Aid and Student Accounts)
  • notice of available refunds

Verification Process

If your financial aid file is chosen for verification it means that you will be required to complete and submit a combination of forms before the Financial Aid Office can determine your eligibility. We will be in contact with you, usually by APU student email, and provide the forms for your use. If we request a copy of you or your parents federal tax returns make sure they are signed. If we receive a tax return that is not signed we are required to return it for signature. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if in question about any of the process. We will be glad to walk you through all steps. Below is a list of verification forms that you may be required to complete and submit. When the verification process is complete, your eligibility will be determined and you will be sent an Award Letter via student e-mail.

Satisfactory Academic Progress/Financial Aid Eligibility

Students receiving federal financial aid of any kind must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as detailed within APU’s  SAP Policy.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Graduate Students

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Undergraduate Students

Tax Benefits (Common FAFSA Mistakes)

The federal government provides a number of tax incentive that can help defray the cost of higher education. The Federal Higher Education Tax Benefits Guide for 2010 is provided here for you –
2010 Tax Benefits. Also, you may want to read about the common errors made when completing the FAFSA. You may access this information Common FAFSA Mistakes. We hope this is helpful to you.

Completing the FAFSA

Completing the FAFSA, an introductory publication for students, provides instruction on how to complete the online or paper version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is available in English and Spanish.

Once your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive an e-mail from the federal processor and we will receive an electronic version of the report (SAR). If we find errors in your application, we will correct them for you and you will receive another SAR with the new corrected information.

If you have any questions, or require additional information on student financial assistance please contact our office at 907.564.8341 or the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1.800.4.FED.AID (1-800-433-3243).