Kansas Student Grants for College
Fund Your Education with Free Grant MoneyCollege grants are a great way to fund your college education. They are available from many sources. Local grants, both through the state and through community organizations, offer many opportunities to students to find awards. We will provide an overview of grants available in Kansas for students.
Requirements for Grants
Each grant will have its own requirements, but students should prepare basic materials that are likely to be needed for many grant applications. First, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
This is required for any students who want federal financial aid or loans, and most schools will also require this form to be completed if a student wants financial aid from the school. Thus, you will likely have completed it for these sources, and keeping copies on hand for grant applications will be useful.
Additional Grant Documentation & Guidelines
Grants will also often require copies of your transcripts and test scores (either SAT or ACT). As part of the FAFSA, you will receive the amount of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is the amount you are expected to pay each year for your tuition.
That is determined by the US Department of Education using a standard formula established by congress. It considers factors like income of students and their parents, whether or not the student is independent, the assets of the student and his or her family, and the size of a student's family (including brothers and sisters and dependents).
To receive federal aid and grants, your school will have to be part of the Federal Student Aid Program. This is also a requirement to receive grant funds from many other sources. The following community colleges, 4year colleges, and universities participate in that program:
- Allen County Community College
- American Career College
- American Institute of Baking
- Baker University
- Barclay College
- Barton County Community College
- Benedictine College
- Bethany College
- Bethany Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology
- Bethel College
- Brown Mackie College (The)
- Bryan College
- Bryan Institute
- Butler County Community College
- Central Baptist Theological Seminary
- Central Christian College of Kansas
- Climate Control Institute
- Cloud County Community College
- Coffeyville Community College
- Colby Community College
- Cowley County Community College & Area VocationalTechnical School
- Crums Beauty College
- Dodge City Community College
- Dodge City Community College
- Donnelly College
- Education AmericaTopeka Technical College
- Emporia State University
- Flint Hills Technical College
- Fort Hays State University
- Fort Scott Community College
- Friends University
- Garden City Community College
- Haskell Indian Nations University
- Hesston College
- Highland Community College
- Hutchinson Community College
- Independence Community College
- Johnson County Community College
- Kansas City Kansas Area Technical School
- Kansas City Kansas Community College
- Kansas State University
- Kansas Wesleyan University
- Kaw Area Technical School
- Labette Community College
- Manhattan Area Technical College
- Manhattan Christian College
- McPherson College
- MidAmerica Nazarene University
- Mission Beauty Academy
- Neosho County Community College
- Newman University
- North Central Kansas Technical College
- Northeast Kansas Technical College
- Ottawa University
- Pinnacle Career Institute
- Pittsburg State University
- Pratt Community College & Area Vocational School
- Remington College
- Salina Area Technical School
- Seward County Community College
- Southeast Kansas Area Vocational Technical School
- Southwest Kansas Technical School
- Southwestern College
- Sterling College
- Tabor College
- Topeka School of Medical Technology
- University of Kansas
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- University of Saint Mary
- Vatterott College
- Washburn University Topeka
- Wesley Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology
- Wichita Area Technical College
- Wichita State University
- Wichita Technical Institute
- Wright Business School
Kansas Comprehensive Grants
Kansas Comprehensive Grants are offered through the state government and the Board of Regents to students with financial need. They are awarded to residents of the state for attending colleges and universities in Kansas, either public or private.
To qualify, students need to demonstrate financial need, which is determined through the FAFSA. The grant amount ranges from $100 to $3,000 depending on the type of institution the student attends. Students enrolled at private schools are eligible for $200 to $3,500 in grant funds while students at public schools ma receive $100 to $1,500.
Kansas Pell Grants
The Kansas Pell Grant can be used by any student who is attending a college or university in Kansas as long as the institution participates in the Federal Student Aid Program.
If your EFC is below a specified threshold, you are eligible for Pell Grants. That number varies each year. The maximum amount of the grant varies each year, but for the 20102011 academic year it was set at $5,500 per year.
State Scholars ProgramThe Kansas State Scholars Program provides grants to students who are named State Scholars in their senior year of high school. The awards are $1,000 and require students to take the ACT and complete the Kansas State Scholar curriculum.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity GrantsFederal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are designed to supplement Pell Grants for students with the highest financial need. Students must complete the FAFSA and be attending an institution that participates in the Federal Student Aid Program. Students who have the lowest EFC are given priority consideration.
Jellison Benevolent Society, Inc.The Jellison Benevolent Society provides grants to students based on financial need. Students from Geary County, Kansas and the surrounding area are given preferential consideration, but if funds are available, grants may be awarded to others.
Par Aide's Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grant Program
Administered by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), based in Lawrence, Kansas, the Par Aide's Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grant Program provides funding to children or stepchildren of GCSAA members who are pursuing an education at a college of trade school.
A parent must have been a member of GCSAA for at least five consecutive years. Students who are applying must be high school seniors accepted to an institution of higher education for the upcoming academic year.
Midwest Student Exchange Program
The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is not a grant per se, but it works like one. It allows students from Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin to attend public schools in another state at no more than 150% of the instate tuition rates.
Private schools who participate also offer reductions in tuition. Students who are interested must enroll in the program and indicate that they are an MSEP student when they apply.
College Assistance Migrant ProgramThe office of Migrant Education offers grants through the The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) to seasonal and migrant farm workers and their children. Students must be enrolled in their first year of undergraduate work at an institution of higher education.
Jones Foundation Grant
The Jones Foundation grant provides funds for students who live in Coffey, Lyon, or Osage County, Kansas and have a resident for at least one year.
Students must be enrolled full time in a two or four year public or private college, university, or technical school either in or out of state. Awards may be up to $1,000 and will cover tuition and fees.
College and University GrantsWhile most schools offer scholarships, financial aid, and grants to students, several schools have specific grant programs available to Kansas residents.
Bethel CollegeBethel College has grants available from $500 to $40,000 for students who are Kansas residents.
The Heidelberg College Out Of State GrantHeidelberg College in Ohio offers grants to out of state students, including students from Kansas. The award is renewable for up to four years.
Kansas State UniversityThe Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University offers grants to students who are pursuing research on cancer. The student must be working with a faculty mentor and jointly complete an application for funding.
KU Bookstore GrantThe KU Bookstore Grant is a $500 award for students at the University of Kansas. Funds were generated by the sale of the bookstore and are designed to meet additional financial need of students. Students must be enrolled at least half time.
KU Tuition GrantThe KU Tuition grant (KUTG) is available to students at the University of Kansas and is designed to meet additional financial need. The award varies between $1,450 and $2500 per year. Students must be at least half time, and can be undergraduates, graduate, or medical students.
Kansas State University Freshman Wildcat GrantThe Freshman Wildcat Grant is available to incoming students at Kansas State and is based on financial need, academic merit, and availability of funds.
Kansas State University Eisenhower GrantThe Eisenhower grant is part of Kansas State's commitment to affordable education. It is based on exceptional financial need and available to all students.
Kansas State Dependent/Spouse Grant
This program provides tuition grants to dependents or spouses of Kansas State employees. Employees who qualify are faculty, unclassified and classified professionals, and those with regular appointments.
Spouses or dependent children who are unmarried and under 25 are eligible unless the spouse is an employee of the university. Students who receive the grant must be undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine students in a degree program.
The student must be full time according to the rules of his or her department for the semester in which the award is given. Awards are available for up to three credit hours per semester based on the number of credits for which the student is enrolled.
Awards are only available for fall and spring semesters and will not be made for more than 8 semesters. They are available for instate, on-campus students only.