The Alaska Supreme Court decision means some scholarships do not have a dedicated funding source, but an effort by the Legislature may reinstate a separate account.
The Alaska Performance Scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant programs provide students across the state with vital funds for their studies. About 150 students at the University of Alaska Southeast received the scholarships last year.
Former Republican Gov. Sean Parnell will be the new leader of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the state’s largest university.
Legislators expected the scholarship to give out more money over time, but after a few years of initial growth, its use has steadily declined.
An Alaska Army recruiter says their outreach hasn’t changed. But some University of Alaska students say more military recruiters have reached out amid the university’s budget cuts.
More than $350 million in Alaska’s Higher Education Investment Fund is set to be swept into state savings.
If an amendment to the capital budget to pay full permanent fund dividends fails, the House minority leader expects there won’t be enough votes to draw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve.
Early data indicate at least 2,170 students from the high school graduating class of 2012 qualified for a state-funded merit scholarship.