Student Tips

Middle School: 6th Grade to 8th Grade

  • Explore your interests! Speak to family members or a school counselor, join a club, go to the library.
  • Check out AKCIS to create a portfolio where you can make and save plans for your education and career.
  • Talk to the school counselor about your goals for the future and map out a plan to get there.
  • Talk to your teacher about your grades and areas you can improve upon. If you are struggling, ask for help.
  • Check out Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)

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High School: 9th Grade to 12th Grade

  • Get involved in school and community activities. Students who are involved in extra curricular activities learn new skills and tend to do better in school. It also shows colleges your passions, interests, and accomplishments outside the classroom.
  • Enroll in courses to help qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship.
  • Take the ACT, SAT, and/or the Workkeys exam.
  • Meet with your college counselor to map out a plan to graduate on time in the field you are interested in.
  • Apply to summer learning opportunities: ANSEP, RAHI, ASRA

Higher Education

  • If enrolling in courses at a campus or training facility, Get involved in local activities—join a club, attend a campus-sponsored event, form a study group.
  • Complete the FAFSA!
  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor to discuss your degree plan and financial aid options.
  • Choose a major or interest early and stick with it.
  • Keep up your grades.
  • Seek an internship or summer research opportunity in your field of study.
  • Take 15 credits a semester to ensure you earn your degree on time. Visit Stay on TRACK.
  • Develop and update your personal portfolio and resume to prepare for job applications.
  • Inspire, encourage and motivate younger generations in your community to join you in pursuing training and education after high school!

Returning Adult

  • Identify a support group – whether friend or family – to encourage you in pursuit of your academic goals.
  • Be familiar with careers and starting salaries associated with your intended major.
  • Speak to an advisor to develop a plan for timely degree completion. Be sure to inquire about placement tests, credit for prior learning, and any options to help you accelerate your path to degree.
  • Make an informed decision about part-time study: It may allow you to work more, but statistically speaking lowers your odds of completing your degree.
  •  Research and apply for Financial Aid.