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FAFSA logoFAFSA applications accepted earlier this year

‌Earlier this month, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017­-18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place: 

            • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
            • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.  

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Alaska department of education logoApply for U.S. Senate Youth Program by November 1

The United States Senate Youth Program has begun its statewide selection process. In March, two Alaska students will join 104 other delegates for Washington Week – an intensive educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall. State delegates will have outstanding leadership qualities and a strong commitment to public service. They generally rank in the 1 percent of their states academically. Each delegate receives a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


Alaska’s eligible students must be high school juniors or seniors, an elected student officer for the entire 2016-17 academic year, and state residents. Students must be enrolled in a public or private school. Applications are due by 4 p.m. November 1.

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