The State of Alaska is situated northwest of Canada.It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. in January 3, 1959. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area, the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 United States.
State Capital – Juneau
Largest City – Anchorage
State Nickname – ‘The Last Frontier’
Alaska is known for its dramatic, diverse terrain of wide-open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. Massive Denali National Park, home to Mt. McKinley (aka Denali), North America’s highest peak, is a site of animal-viewing tours.
Alaska’s economy is dominated by the oil, natural gas, and fishing industries, resources which it has in abundance. Tourism is also a significant part of the economy.
Alaska Post Secondary Education
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is Alaska’s state higher education enterprise agency that is saddled with the responsibility to promotes access to and success in tertiary education. The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is funded by the Alaska Student Loan Corporation (ASLC) – and its affiliated programs. ACPE offers a suite of financial aid and outreach services, including low-cost student education loans.
Currently, fewer than 50% of Alaska high school graduates promptly pursue education beyond high school. Whether this is due to a: belief it is unnecessary, perception it is out of reach, or lack of encouragement and assistance, many young Alaskans never pursue the many high skilled careers which require postsecondary education and training.
Alaska College and Career Advising Corps (ACAC) an initiative of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education funded by a federal College Access Challenge Grant, is one of 19 state-based programs of the National College Advising Corps. The program began in the spring of 2009 when ACPE placed the first College And Career Guides in Anchorage’s Robert Service High School. The Alaska College & Career Advising Corps (ACAC) help to bridge the gaps in postsecondary education . ACAC places committed recent college graduates in high schools as near-peer mentors.
The State of Alaska has both small schools (defined as less than 2000 students) and “very large” ones (10,000 or more students) and everything in between, including community colleges, in urban and rural environments. In fact, Alaska Pacific University has been ranked one of the Top Master’s Level Universities by US News & World Report and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks is highly rated among colleges in the West.
Alaska is known for its career opportunities, therefore students seeking in-state job opportunities after attending college in Alaska will find the majority of career opportunities located in the metropolitan areas of Anchorage and Fairbanks. Some major careers are in demand throughout the state such as Health & Medical Services making degrees in Pharmacy Technician/Assistant, Nursing, Massage Therapy and Medical Assistant Professions top choices.
Colleges in Alaska offer degrees in Culinary Arts, Food Services and Parks, Recreation and Leisure. Also because of the big focus on wildlife, you’ll find many schools in the state offer degrees in Environmental Studies, Ecology, Geology, Biology and Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
Have questions regarding your loan, grant, or scholarship? For information on these and other ACPE programs and services, contact the following:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505