KANSAS STATE FUNDED UNDERGRADUATE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE...
Submitted by Diane Lindeman.
(Editor's Note: The following information was presented to the Support Staff Workshop in March. At the end of the article is a .pdf version of the document for download, along with a very useful summary Chart of Programs).
Kansas Comprehensive Grant -
- Established in 1998; merged the Kansas Tuition Grant (for private institutions - 1972), Regents Supplement Grant (for public institutions - 1993); and the Washburn Tuition Grant (Washburn's own grant program - 1994).
- Eligible applicants are: Kansas residents, full-time enrolled (at least 12 hours) at an eligible institution , & do not already have a baccalaureate degree, or have already received 8 semesters of funding.
- Need-based award.
- FAFSA must be filed - no separate state application.
- Decentralized program/campuses award the grant.
- April 1 priority deadline (especially important for private schools).
- Award amounts: Private institutions can award maximum of $3,000 with a minimum of $200; Public institutions can award maximum of $1,100 with a minimum of $100.
Kansas State Scholarship -
- Oldest program. Established in 1963 to provide financial assistance for financially needy, academically outstanding Kansas students.
- Administered by State Department of Education until 1974 when program was transferred to Kansas Board of Regents.
- Students must be designated as a scholar during their senior year in high school.
- Eligible applicants are: Kansas residents, full-time enrolled (at least 12 hours) at an eligible institution , financially needy as determined by the FAFSA, and completion of the Kansas Scholars Curriculum (KSC) . Applicants cannot already have a baccalaureate degree, or have received over 8 semesters of funding unless they are enrolled in a degree program that requires a 5th year. Once a scholar, always a scholar. No time limit on eligibility.
- Need and merit based.
- FAFSA must be filed as well as separate state application.
- Priority deadline is May 15. Students who are seeking a renewal of their scholarship must complete a renewal application.
- Maximum award $1,000.
Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program -
- Established in 1989 to encourage continuous college enrollment for minority students following high school graduation.
- A minority student is defined as an African American, American Indian, or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Hispanic.
- Eligible applicants are: Kansas residents, full-time enrolled (at least 12 hours) in eligible institutions which includes: regents institutions, accredited independent institutions, public community colleges and Washburn University. To qualify students must meet a combination of the following five criteria: complete Kansas Scholars Curriculum and have a 3.00 cumulative high school gpa; receive an ACT composite of 21 or greater; rank in top 1/3 of high school class; be recognized by the National Merit Corporation or Hispanic Scholar designation by College Board; receive SAT of 816 or greater. Students must not have already received a baccalaureate degree or have completed more than 8 semesters unless enrolled in a program that requires a 5th year.
- Need and merit based.
- FAFSA must be filed as well as separate state application.
- Priority deadline is April 1. Scholarships are renewable.
- Maximum award $1,850.
Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship -
- Established in 1990 to encourage students to pursue teacher education programs at Kansas post-secondary institutions.
- Eligible students must be Kansas residents, enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours. Program of study must lead to teacher certification and recipient must provide 1 year of teaching for each year of funding received. Students may receive funding for more than 8 semesters if they are enrolled in a program that requires a 5th year to complete their degree and receive teacher certification.
- Must teach in a hard-to-fill discipline , or underserved geographic area .
- If students do not fulfill their obligation they will have to pay back the amount of their scholarship plus interest .
- Scholarships are merit based and competitive. Merit based on combination of ACT scores, high school or college gpa, college transcripts and references, and high school rank. Students ranked on relative academic strength. Priority given to students in their final 2 years of study in teacher education. First priority given to minority applicants. Second priority to students who have completed the KSC and have competitive gpa's, ACT scores, and class rank. Scholarships are renewable.
- Merit, not need based.
- FAFSA not required, separate state application required.
- Priority deadline is April 1.
- Maximum award $5,000.
Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship -
- Established in 1989 to provide scholarships to nursing students who locate a sponsor willing to pay half of the cost of the scholarship in return for an agreement to work for the sponsor as a nurse one year for each year they receive the scholarship. If students do not go into nursing profession, after receiving the scholarship, they must repay scholarship plus interest.
- Eligible students must be admitted to a nursing degree program at an eligible Kansas post-secondary institution. Pre-nursing students do not qualify.
- Medical provider or sponsor defined as: adult care home licensed under the Adult Care Home Licensure Act; Medical care facility licensed by the state; Psychiatric hospital licensed by the state; State agency that employs RN's or LPN's.
- If sponsoring facility is located in a rural county or less than 100 beds, sponsor will pay $1,000 and the state will pay remainder.
- Not need-based.
- FAFSA not required, separate state application required as well as supporting application materials. Awards are renewable.
- Priority deadline May 15.
- Maximum award $3,500 for RN; $2,500 for LPN.
Vocational-Technical Training Scholarship Program -
- Established in 1987 to provide financial assistance to full-time students who are enrolled in designated one or two year vocational programs. Only certificate and selected two-year degree programs are included. Students with baccalaureate degrees are not eligible.
- Eligible students are: Kansas residents and graduate of a high school accredited by the Kansas Board of Education or received GED issued by the Kansas Board of Education.
- Scholarship not need-based. Separate application materials required. Students must take Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) to qualify. Test given 2x a year - first Saturdays in November and March. Student achieving top 100 scores are eligible for funding.
- Priority deadline is July 1.
- Maximum award $500. Scholarships are renewable if funding is available and program of study requires a second year. Renewals receive first priority.
Kansas Career Work-Study Program -
- Established in 1988 to help private enterprises provide work experience that they might be financially unable to provide without a cost sharing arrangement.
- Eligible students are: Kansas residents, enrolled at least half-time; in good academic standing; and be "in need of earnings from employment":. Looser description of need than other programs.
- Guidelines for recipients: should have a current ISIR on file, when schools must select similarly skilled students that priority be given to students with demonstrated financial need. EFC should be used as a measure.
- Schools may direct funding from their work-study programs in the Youth Education Services (or YES ) program - a program of mentoring, tutoring, study assistance, outreach activities that provides general assistance to elementary and secondary teachers.
- No specific deadline, however students should inquire early.
- Award amounts vary.
Kansas Reserve Officer Training Program -
- Established in 1980.
- Tuition waiver opportunities for eligible full-time residents (minimum of 12 hours) enrolled at regents institutions and Washburn University. Students must enroll and participate in the campus ROTC program. They must remain in good standing both with the ROTC program and the educational institution.
- Immediately upon graduation student must accept a commission as a Second Lieutenant and serve for not less than 4 years as a commissioned officer in the Kansas National Guard.
- If students do not fulfill their service obligation, they will have to pay back the amount of funding that they received plus interest.
- Limited to 8 semesters of funding.
- Students contact ROTC programs for information and procedures for being a recipient of funding.
- Award amounts vary. A maximum of up to 70% of cost of attendance can be awarded.