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Kansas Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Kansas is home to a large number of 4-year and 2-year post-secondary institutions. Whether you decide to go to Wichita State University in Wichita, Bryan College in Topeka, or the University of Kansas in Lawrence, you may qualify for financial assistance. Most students at Kansas universities and colleges may apply for government programs, state programs, and/or outside scholarships.

What Kinds of Kansas Financial Aids and Scholarships Are Out There?

  • Grants and loans from the federal government
  • Grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers from the state of Kansas
  • Scholarships from individual universities and colleges
  • Outside scholarships offered by businesses, organizations, and foundations

Federal Financial Aid for Kansas Students

Kansas students with financial need may be eligible for grants and low-interest loans from the federal government. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to see if you qualify. The FAFSA opens January 1 the year before the year in which you need the aid. The national deadline is usually June 30, but the Kansas state deadline is April 1 by midnight Central Daylight Time. Some Kansas universities and colleges may have their own priority deadlines for the FAFSA and may require additional applications. Check with your school to make sure you meet the deadline and submit all required documents.

Your financial aid/scholarship office will decide how much money you need. Your financial aid package may include grants and/or loans. Grants do not need to be paid back, but loans do. If you are not offered a financial aid package from your financial aid/scholarship office, you may still be able to borrow loans from through a private lender. See a financial aid officer at your school for advice.

For more information on federal grants and student loans, please see our Guide to Federal Grants and our Guide to Student Loans.

Kansas State Financial Aid Programs

Kansas financial aid programs consist of grants, scholarships, and tuition waivers. To apply for these programs, students are required to submit a FAFSA and a State of Kansas Student Aid Application online or by paper. Students may be required to submit a separate or additional application for individual programs.

Here’s a list of available programs:

Kansas Tuition Waivers
Tuition waivers are available to the following groups of people:

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
This is a merit- and need-based program offered to students who are of African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, or Hispanic background. Eligible students may receive as much as $1,850. The deadline is May 1.

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
Students pursuing a four-year degree and current teachers pursuing further education in subjects that lack certified teachers are eligible for this scholarship. For each year of funding, applicants are required to give a year of service. The deadline is May 1.

Nursing Service Scholarship
Kansas students pursuing a nursing license or degree are eligible to receive this scholarship. Applicants are required to find a sponsor who will match the scholarship and provide a position after graduation. Download an information packet here and a Nursing Sponsorship Agreement here. The deadline is May 1.

State Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students with financial need who are in the top 20-40% of their high school classes. Deadline is May 1.

Kansas Comprehensive Grants
This Kansas financial aid program is available to students with financial need at any of the state universities, private institutions, and at Washburn University. Submit a Kansas application by April 15 and the FAFSA by March 15.

Vocational Scholarship
$500 scholarships are available to students attending vocational/technical colleges or 2-year programs at a 4-year institution. To qualify, students need to take a vocational exam. See your counseling office or financial aid office for more information.

Kansas also offers several graduate financial aid programs, including:

Kansas Osteopathic Medical Scholarship- 10.pdf
This program was designed to encourage more doctors to open facilities in rural areas. Students receive $15,000 a year, renewable three times. Click here for an application.

Kansas Optometry Service Scholarship
This scholarship is available to encourage optometrist students to stay in Kansas. The deadline is May 1.

Kansas Dental Education Opportunities Program
This program was designed to encrouage dental students to stay in Kansas. Please refer to the Kansas Regents website for current deadline.

James B. Pearson Fellowship
Students who are studying a subject related to foreign affairs are eligible for this fellowship, which supports studying abroad possibilities. The deadline is April 1.

Kansas Distinguished Scholar Program
This program was designed to support Brasenose, Clevening, Fulbright, Madison, Marshall, Mellon, Rhodes, and Truman scholars who are continuing studies in Kansas.

Kansas University and College Scholarships

Kansas universities and colleges offer scholarships to students who are enrolled at their campuses. For more information on individual scholarships at your school, check with your financial aid/scholarship office. Some scholarships based on merit are offered through the admissions office, so students just need to submit an application for admission to be considered. This will depend on the school you attend, so check with your financial aid/scholarship office.

Scholarships based on need, major, leadership/community service, special abilities, ethnic background, and a number of these criterions and more usually require either a general application or an individual application. See your financial aid/scholarship office for a list of scholarships and application procedures.

Scholarships Offered By Kansas Associations, Foundations, and Businesses

Kansas businesses, associations, and foundations support students by providing scholarships to help with educational finances. Here is just a few of them:

Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) Undergraduate Scholarship
Four $1,000 scholarships are available to nursing students. The deadline is October 16.

Kansas PTA Future Teacher Scholarship
This $800 scholarship is available to Kansas students who have established a junior status and plan to teach in Kansas. The deadline is usually March 15.

Kansas Health Information Management Association
KHIMA offers three scholarships to students who are pursuing a related career. Applications are due October 31 of each year. Please refer to the website to download necessary forms.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund was created to support the Hispanic youth of Kansas City. Support comes in the form of over 100 scholarships a year. Refer to the website for a current application.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind About Kansas Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Kansas offers many state financial aid programs, but has different application procedures and deadlines for some of them. For most of Kansas financial aid programs, you must fill out a State of Kansas Student Aid Application and submit a FAFSA.
  • Kansas offers several programs for graduate students. Make sure you don’t miss the deadlines for these opportunities if you are a graduate student.
  • Tuition waivers waive tuition at post-secondary institutions so you don’t have to pay for them. Make sure that if you qualify for these, you meet with a financial aid advisor or officer to discuss your options.

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