Scholarships and Grants

You can apply for State of Kansas Student Aid one of two ways:

1. Complete the online form 
2. Print, complete and mail the State of Kansas Student Aid Application.


Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant (formerly Vocational Education Scholarship)
The Career Technical Workforce Grant is available to students enrolled in an eligible career technical education program operated by a designated Kansas educational institution that has been identified as offering a technical certificate or associate of applied science degree program in a high cost, high demand, or critical industry field. Designated Kansas educational institutions include technical colleges, community colleges, and public four-year colleges that award associate of applied science degrees; and Washburn Institute of Technology. Only technical certificate and associate of applied science degree programs are included among the eligible programs. Preference in awarding goes to applicants with financial need. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Kansas Comprehensive Grant
The Kansas Comprehensive Grant is available to needy Kansas residents enrolled full-time at eighteen private colleges and universities located in Kansas, the six state universities, and Washburn University. This grant is funded by the state of Kansas. The Kansas Legislature provides limited assistance to financially needy students. To be considered you must complete and submit the FAFSA, listing one or more eligible colleges in the FAFSA. The funding level allows about 1 in 3 eligible students to be assisted with award amounts ranging from $200 - $3,500 at the private institutions and $100 - $1,500 at the public institutions. This grant is based on financial need. Priority Deadline: April 1.

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
The Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship program is designed to assist financially needy, academically competitive students who are identified as members of any of the following ethnic/racial groups: African American; American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; or Hispanic. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Kansas Military Service Scholarship
The Kansas Military Service Scholarship is available for the payment of tuition and fees at a public Kansas institution for students who are a resident of Kansas and has:

  • served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations for which the person received hostile fire pay for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries during such military service;
  • has received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions (general) discharge from military service or is still in military service; and
  • has provided copies of military discharge papers (DD-214 form) or active duty orders whichever such paper or order indicate the location of such person’s deployment and indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in any military operation for which the person received hostile fire pay.

Because financial need is a priority in awarding this scholarship, students will need to file a FAFSA form. Once your school considers you as a graduate status student, you are not eligible for this scholarship. Priority Deadline: May 1.

  • Online FormFall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, submit by May 1, 2015.

Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance
The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance provides a percentage of tuition and fees paid; up to a maximum rate not to exceed the maximum rate that would be charged by the state educational institutions for enrollment and that percentage is determined by the number of eligible students and available appropriations. Students may be pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree program and must be an enlisted member of a Kansas Air/Army National Guard unit. Full-time enrollment not required. Student must have a GED or high school diploma to qualify for this assistance. The member must have less than 20 years of service with the National Guard and not already have obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Priority Deadline: May 1

Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship
The Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship requires an obligation to practice as a LPN or RN in Kansas and work for a sponsor.  A sponsor means any adult care home, psychiatric hospital, medical care facility, home health agency, local health department or any state agency, which employs LPNs or RNs, licensed by the State of Kansas.  The sponsor will provide partial scholarship funding and provide employment upon licensure of the recipient.  Recipients must sign an agreements to practice nursing for a sponsor one year for each year of scholarship support. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Kansas State Scholarship
The Kansas State Scholarship is designed to assist financially needy students in the top 20-30% of Kansas high school graduates who are designated as state scholars during the senior year of high school.  To be eligible to apply for the Kansas State Scholarship, in the senior year of a Kansas high school you would have:

1) received a certificate stating that you completed the required curriculum
2) received a letter stating that you were designated by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Priority Deadline: May 1.

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
The Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship is a merit-based service obligation scholarship program that provides financial assistance to both students pursuing bachelor's degree programs and currently licensed teachers pursuing endorsement in hard-to-fill disciplines or master's degrees in hard-to-fill disciplines or either group planning to teach in an underserved geographic area. Recipients sign agreements to teach one year for each year of scholarship support in Kansas. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Kansas ROTC Service Scholarship
Student agrees to accept a commission as a Second Lieutenant and serve for not less than four years as a commissioned officer in the Kansas Army National Guard.  This program is only available at Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, Washburn University and some community colleges.  Contact the ROTC program at one of the participating schools for more information.

Kansas Career Work Study
The Kansas Career Work Study program is available to Kansas residents, enrolled at least half-time at the six state universities and Washburn University.  Eligible students work on a part-time basis on behalf of an employer which complements and enhances the educational preparation of the student's career.  Employers are any private business, not-for-profit organization, or public agency with a place of business in Kansas.  For more information regarding eligibility and application procedures contact the student financial aid offices at the six state universities and Washburn University.


Recipients must be Kansas residents. 

Kansas Osteopathic Medical Service Scholarship
Designed to encourage primary care physicians to establish practices in rural areas of Kansas. Recipients receive $15,000 per year for up to four years of study at nationally accredited osteopathic schools. Preference goes to first year students. Recipients return one year of practice for each year of assistance. Applicants must complete a program application and the designated financial aid application. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Kansas Optometry Service Scholarship
Designed to encourage optometrists to establish Kansas practices. Kansas helps to pay the difference between resident and nonresident tuition at eligible out-of-state institutions. Recipients must return one year of practice for each year of assistance. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Kansas Nurse Educator Service Scholarship
Designed to encourage graduate level nursing students who agree to teach in a nurse education program at a Kansas postsecondary educational institution.  The nursing programs that are currently participating are:  Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas Medical Center, Washburn University and Wichita State University.  Scholarship amounts vary at each institution.  Recipients will teach one year for each year of assistance after receiving a graduate degree.  Applicants must complete an application available at the Nursing Department at the institution. Priority Deadline:  contact the school for deadline.

Kansas Dental Education Opportunities Program
Designed to encourage dentists to establish Kansas practices. Kansas helps pay the difference between resident and nonresident tuition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Applications also available from UM-KC. Deadline: Rolling.

James B. Pearson Fellowship
Established by former Kansas Senator Pearson to encourage graduate students from Kansas public universities to experience the global perspective gained from study abroad. Preferences given to applicants whose studies are directly related to foreign affairs. The average stipend provided is $2,445. Awards are subject to availability of funding. Applications also available from graduate school offices. Deadline: April 1.

Kansas Distinguished Scholarship Program
Created to encourage Brasenose, Clevening, Fulbright, Madison, Marshall, Mellon, Rhodes and Truman scholars from Kansas to continue graduate studies at Kansas public universities. Kansas reimburses tuition and fees to recipients subject to funding constraints.

If you have additional questions, call (785) 296-3517 or (785) 296-3518.

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