Alaska Performance Scholarship, Education Grant untouched by SB 208
Danny Fisher / Editor-in-Chief
On April 8 the Alaska Senate Finance Committee decided to remove SB 208, which would have eliminated the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) and the Alaska Education Grant (AEG), from the docket. About 15 percent of UAF students take advantage of these forms of financial aid, which provide up to $4,755 per student per year for up to four years.
The decision to cease discussion of the bill followed opposition from Alaska community members and organizations alike, including a protest march by high school and college students in Anchorage, and a public testimony by Dianne Barrans, the executive director of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.
“This does not mean, however, that it will not be proposed again in the future,” Colby Freel, student representative to ACPSE said. “We need to make sure to advocate for this important program. But for the time being, the APS and AEG are safe.