In need of financial aid? FAFSA, scholarships and work study discussed this week on Informania! (Thursday, 5-6pm,, or 88.1FM)

This week on Informania, Deb the Librarian interviews Sonya Stein, Director of Student Financial Assistance at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Interested in the prospect of financial assistance?  Go to to explore your options!  Simply filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the scholarship application through UAOnline tosses your name in the hat for financial assistance.  Tips to improve your odds of receiving financial aid follow:

1)  Get your application in early!  If you get your application for federal assistance in early, you will also be eligible for the Federal (SEOG)  Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.  You have until June 30, 2014 to submit FAFSA applications for 2013-2014, but if you submit your application for 2014-2015 financial aid this month, you may be well within the time frame of consideration for the SEOG.  According to, FAFSA applications for the 2014-15 academic year can be submitted between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.  For the Alaska Education Grant and Alaska Performance Scholarship for 2014-2015, the deadline is June 30, 2014.  (

February 15, 2014 is the deadline for UAA scholarship application for the next academic year (2014-2015), however, some scholarships accept applications all year round, so be sure to apply!  Student Financial Assistance is hosting a series of workshops to answer questions, and aid in developing quality applications.  See workshop dates at

2)  Make sure that scholarship essays are well-written,  and grammatically correct!  If there are grammatical errors (misspellings, incorrect punctuation) in your essay, they may count as points against you.

3)  Include your unique skills, and experiences in your essay.  Also, when appropriate, reflect on how you will apply what you learn to give back to the community.  You are a unique person with skills and experiences that may match up with a scholarship.  Let the reviewers know about internships, talents, skills, and experiences that demonstrate your strengths.

4)  Have someone review your essay before you submit it.  You can meet with someone from Student Financial Assistance, or you can make an appointment at the Writing Lab in the Learning Resources Center to have a tutor review your essay.  This may help catch those grammatical errors, or identify questions that reviews may have.

5)  Check your email!  After you submit your applications, Student Financial Assistance may send you notifications about scholarships, or have questions for you.  If you don’t check your UAA email account, have items forwarded to the email account you do check, or list a preferred email address, so that you get those notifications!

There are workshops available and scheduled support for students who have questions, and need assistance completing these applications.  The schedule for February’s FAFSA Frenzy workshops at the University Center can be found at  You can also call Student Financial Assistance at 786-1840 for more information, or stop by the University Center to speak with someone.

Are you unsure how to manage finances, and are finding yourself in a financial quandary?  Within the Student Financial Assistance department, UAA has a new Financial Literacy expert, who is developing workshops and support for students.  Stay tuned for more information on a future Informania radio show!

Until then, remember, if you can imagine it, you can become it!

Wishing you a successful semester!    Deb the Librarian



Today, in honor of Veteran’s Day, 11/11, I want to highlight sources for veterans at UAA.

The UAA Military & Veteran Community Resources website is a great place to start!  The website address is .

Veteran Financial Assistance can be found at

Plus, there is a page of Local Resources for UAA Student Veterans and Active Duty Military Students.   This website url is

Also, I want to let you know that there is a database of more than 330 military journals and magazines in the Military & Government Collection.  Students can access this from the Consortium Library’s website, by going to, selecting Databases, and typing the word military to search for the database.  Select the Military & Government Collection.  To access articles, students can log on with UAA or APU user name and password.  Alaskans who are not UAA or APU students can also access this database by searching for ”sled Alaska,” on the Internet, and going into the Digital Pipeline to find the Military & Government Collection.  Questions?  Ask a Librarian         (786-1848)!

I’m sending out a big thank you to those of you who have served, and are serving in the military!  Our thanks, thoughts, and support are with you. ~ Best wishes from Deb the Librarian!

Research about Alaska abounds at UAA – from salmon industry trends to …

natural gas pipeline policy to Alaska’s teacher turnover, supply and demand.  The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) offers free access to Alaskan social and economic research online for students and community to explore.  Search ISER Publications, or check out the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR).  At CAEPR’s page, you can find a link to the publication, “Alaska Teacher Turnover, Supply and Demand:  2013 Highlights.”  If your area of interest is in the area of crime statistics, policing or victimization, check out UAA’s Justice Center’s Research.  For information about other Alaskan topics, please ask a librarian (786-1848)! We are here to help!

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Learn about UAA’s Dental Hygiene Program (and their clinic!), Monday, at 9am (and Thurs. at 5pm) on Informania, 88.1FM, or

Monday, October 28, from 9am-10am, Sandra Pence, Associate Professor and Program Director of UAA Dental Hygiene Program talks with Deb the Librarian about the Dental Hygiene Program.  Discover the history and future plans of the program.  Learn about the Dental Hygiene Clinic!

Thanks for listening!  Remember, if you can imagine it, you can become it!