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Adult Learner Scholarship

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO GET STARTED!

Adult Learner Scholarship

There are 281,000 adults with some college and no degree, and 96,000 with an associate’s but not bachelor’s degree in the six counties Great Jobs KC serves.

Many adults believe they will never have the opportunity to complete college degrees. Great Jobs KC provides that opportunity. Apply for the Great Jobs KC – KC Scholars Scholarship Program Adult Learners Scholarship today and get ready to have your life changed! Join the many adults working to achieve their dreams of finishing college and better supporting their families and communities.

The Adult Learner scholarships are eligible for adults (18+) with a high school diploma or equivalent who have not earned a bachelors degree. Adult learners can receive up to $50,000 paid directly to the college over the course of up to six years and can enroll either full or part-time.

Adult learner Scholarship

When Can I Apply for the Adult Learner Scholarship?

The Adult Learner Scholarship application window for students who will begin receiving KC Scholars scholarship support in Fall 2024 was November 14, 2023 through December 14, 2023. The next application window will open in Fall 2024 for students who will begin receiving KC Scholars schoalrship support in Fall 2025.

How can I apply for the scholarship?

  • Click Here to Get Started 
  • Use this scholarship checklist to help prepare for filling out your application.
  • Need more TIPS on applying? Visit our Application Resources page HERE.
  • Have questions or need help with your application? Attend one of our application workshops.
What are the Adult Learner Scholarship Eligibility Requirements?

To apply, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (18 years or older)
  • Live in one of the six eligible counties (Kansas: Wyandotte, Johnson; Missouri: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte)
  • Be income eligible (FAFSA Student Aid Index of 12,000 or less – learn your SAI here)
  • Have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Have not previously been awarded a KC Scholars Scholarship (Traditional or Adult Learner)

It’s never too late

Since May 2017, this program has awarded over 1000 Adult Learner Scholarships, and over 150 awardees have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

What We Hear from our Current Adult Learner Scholarship Awardees:

  • Nothing will stop them from completing their degree this time
  • They want to complete the degree to be a role model for their children
  • They thought they would never go back and complete college and now they CAN and are
  • They feel proud to be part of a community that invests in them and they want to make a positive impact in Kansas City
  • They want to increase their job opportunities and earning potential to make a better life for their family
  • Some are back in college at the same time as their children who received 9th or 11th grade awards

FAQ

To be considered income eligible for the purposes of the Great Jobs KC - KC Scholars application, your Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation on the Federal Student Aid Estimator must be 12,000 or less. The calculation is based on household income, number of members in the family, and number of family members that will be in college at the same time. It is the amount of annual financial support a family can be expected to pay toward the student’s college education. Find out if you qualify here.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Yes. Both currently enrolled students and adults planning to enroll in Fall 2024 are eligible to apply for the Adult Learner Scholarship.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Yes, you can apply for the Adult Learner Scholarship if you meet all the minimum eligibility requirements.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Yes, we realize that most adults have a lot to juggle. Recipients of the Adult Learner Scholarship may go to college part-time or full-time.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

We encourage you to attend one of our Q&A application assistance workshops over Zoom, and as always, you can reach out to scholarships@kscholars.org or call 816.581.5700 for additional support.
 

Ready to get STARTED?

The application checklist will let you know everything you need to be prepared for the application.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

The Adult Learner Scholarship Application cycle opens every fall, check back then to apply.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Up to 150 adult learner scholarships will be awarded each year.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Scholarships awarded will be distributed beginning the fall after awards are announced.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Adult Learners can receive up to $5,000 per semester, depending on enrollment status and institution of enrollment. Scholarship completion points are the earning of a bachelor's degree, $50,000 in total scholarship payments, or 6 years of scholarship eligibility, whichever is completed first.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Scholars do not need to prove eligibility after their first year of scholarship support, but will need to fill out paperwork and participate in meetings and supports on a semesterly basis in order to remain eligible for scholarship payments.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Yes! We want to help ensure you are successful in completing your degree. Great Jobs KC will match each awardee with an Adult Learner Advocate and connect them with support at one of our 19 partner colleges and universities to provide one-on-one and group advising, assistance with the college enrollment process, FAFSA completion assistance, and referrals to campus and community resources.
 

Ready to get STARTED?

Scholarships will be paid directly to one of the colleges and universities in the Great Jobs KC - KC Scholars Scholarship Program Post-secondary Network, where you are enrolled.
 

Ready to get STARTED?

Yes. In order to receive the Adult Learner Scholarship, you must attend one of the colleges and universities in our Post-Secondary Network.
 
 

Ready to get STARTED?

Yes, if the courses count toward a credit-bearing credential or degree and are offered by any of the 19 colleges and universities in our Postsecondary Network.
 

Ready to get STARTED?

You must be a resident of one of these six counties at the time of scholarship application:  Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte, Missouri, and, Wyandotte and Johnson, Kansas.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

You must be enrolled to receive a scholarship payment. Students that do not plan to enroll in a given term will notify Great Jobs KC and connect with Great Jobs KC staff regarding future enrollment and scholarship utilization plan for future terms. Regardless of enrollment status for a specific term, the 6-year scholarship eligibility period does not pause.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

We encourage you to attend one of our Q&A application assistance workshops over Zoom, and as always, you can reach out to scholarships@greatjobskc.org or call 816.581.5700 for additional support. Please allow up to two business days for a reply. Please review the Program Guidelines carefully for any additional questions.

 

Ready to get STARTED?

Notifications to both recipients and non-recipients will be made via the email address used to apply after noon on February 29.

 

Ready to get STARTED?