Financial Aid

Financial aid is money that is received to help meet your educational expenses at Mat-Su College. It can cover costs like tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and some living expenses.

Financial aid comes in many forms, so our Financial Aid Advisors are here to assist you with making your dreams of a quality education come true. Make an appointment with one of our Financial Aid Advisors and learn how to apply for aid, what options are available to you, and how to manage your aid.  Every single student should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Part-time and full-time degree-seeking students are eligible to receive federal financial aid funds.

Have a Quick Question?    Email Darla at dmbudde@alaska.edu  or Chelsea at cmcooley@alaska.edu for answers.

Make an Appointment

Phone appointments are available for financial aid advising.

A confirmation email will be sent after scheduling an advising appointment. Depending upon specific needs, the advisor may recommend the student download the Zoom meeting app to allow screen sharing capabilities on computers or in the App Store and Google Play Store for phones.

Schedule your financial aid advising appointment below.

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Darla Budde

Darla serves all students at Mat-Su College and is also a School Certifying Official that can assist active-duty military and students who are veterans utilize their VA benefits.

  Book an online appointment with Darla

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Chelsea Cooley

Chelsea serves all students at Mat-Su College and is also a School Certifying Official that can assist active-duty military and students who are veterans utilize their VA benefits.

  Book an online appointment with Chelsea

  

Financial Aid Basics

  1. Apply for Admission to Mat-Su College (or UAA)
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year you are degree-seeking
  3. Complete a scholarship application
  4. Contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs or your local native organization about available awards (if applicable)
  5. Make an appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor and Academic Advisor.  Call 907-745-9762
  6. Register for classes at UAOnline
  7. If needed, fulfill requirements by U.S. Department of Education for verification
  8. Check your UAOnline Account to see which forms to complete your financial aid application

 

 

Go to UAOnline
 
  1. Log into the secured area with your Username and Password.
  2. Click on Financial Aid tab.
  3. Select UAA
  4. Click on Award
  5. Click on Award by Aid Year
  6. Select the aid year in the drop down box (refer to your Student Aid Report).  Click Submit.
  7. Click on the Accept Award Offer tab.  You will have award options presented at this point.
    • You can accept all or a portion of your award.  It is awarded annually and will be divided between Fall and Spring.
    • Grants and scholarship awards are automatically accepted for you.
  8. Click Submit.
 

If accepting loans, first-time borrowers should complete the next steps

 

  • Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
    • The MPN is an agreement that can be used to take one or more loans for one or more academic years (up to 10 years).  Separate MPN's are required for Parent PLUS loans.
    • Save a copy of your MPN as it is a legal document to keep for future reference.
  • Complete Entrance Loan Counseling 
    • This is a Federal requirement when you take out a Federal Stafford Loan for the first time.
    • Counseling sessions can be done online and may take about 30-45 minutes

* Remember to monitor your financial aid status and re-apply for the FAFSA, annually. 


Financial Aid Workshops

Have questions about financial aid? Join us for a complete walk through of the entire financial aid process! The workshop will cover many topics, including but not limited to:

  • The FAFSA application,
  • Scholarships,
  • Student loans,
  • FAFSA Myths and
  • Troubleshooting financial aid problems.

The workshop will include a PowerPoint presentation with Financial Aid Advisor Darla Budde. Students will be able to ask questions after the presentation.