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Financial Aid Resources

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES

Financial aid comes in many forms including grants, loans, and work-study programs. Students explore financial aid to help pay for college when resources are limited, or they are seeking alternatives to financing their education.

Students can use financial aid for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other education costs. Learn more about the different types of financial aid and how to apply for them by visiting the resources listed below.

FAFSA

Federal Student Aid – The official website for information related to federal financial aid

Types of Financial Aid (video) – Federal Student Aid’s video guide to federal grants, loans, and work-study

FinAid – A comprehensive guide to federal and private financial aid and scholarships

State Financial Aid – A list of grants and scholarships available to residents of Kansas and Missouri

College Costs

Net Price Calculator – A calculator to estimate the actual cost of attending any given institution

College Board’s College Costs Guide – Learn more about the different factors that impact college costs

Award Letter Comparison Calculator – A calculator to help you compare financial aid award letters from multiple institutions

Free Application for Federal Student AidThe official FAFSA application website

MOFAFSA FAFSA information for students, parents, and counselors, provided by the Missouri College & Career Attainment Network (MOCAN)

Federal Student Aid Estimator Provides an estimate of how much federal student aid students may be eligible to receive in the 2024–25 award year. This estimator is used by KC Scholars to determine eligibility for the scholarship programs.

How to Create an Account and Username (FSA ID) A video to walk through the process of creating a Federal Student Aid (FSA) account username and password, also known as an FSA ID. An FSA ID can be used to securely log in to U.S. Department of Education websites such as https://StudentAid.gov.

Federal Student Aid Estimator Guide A step-by-step guide with screenshots for how to complete the Federal Student Aid Estimator.

FAFSA Workshops – A list of free FAFSA completion workshops in Kansas & Missouri

  • Missouri – For more information about FAFSA Events in Missouri, please contact your college advisor
  • Kansas – For more information about FAFSA Events in Kansas, please contact your college advisor

529 ACCOUNT AND COLLEGE SAVINGS RESOURCES

Did you know that students who save money in a college savings account—even as little as $1 – are four times more likely to attend college?

The following websites and resources are available to help students and their families learn more about saving money for college and develop a college savings plan.

529 College Savings Account Information

Missouri MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan

Learning Quest – 529 Education Savings program established by the State of Kansas

UPromise – A free cashback earnings program that allows you to contribute earned savings to a 529 account

Ugift – A free service that lets friends and family contribute to a student’s 529 account

College Savings Resources

America Saves/Kansas Saves – Resources and support for low- to modest-income households to help them save money, reduce debt and build wealth.

Saving for College – Information for families addressing the challenge of paying for higher education costs

College Savings Planner – Customizable calculator that enables students and families to identify college savings needs and create personalized savings goals

Financial Literacy Resources

Money Smart KC – Local and national resources to help people manage and grow their money

No Frills Money Skills Video Series – Free videos covering various personal finance topics

Common Cents Resources – Quarterly articles designed for parents to share personal finance lessons with their children

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AT POST-SECONDARY NETWORK CAMPUSES

Below, you will find lists of available scholarships from the 19 institutions in the Great Jobs KC - KC Scholars Scholarship Program Post-secondary Network, as well as several local scholarship foundations.

Each institution and foundation has a wide variety of scholarships available for students from all different backgrounds.  We encourage you to visit the sites to find more information about scholarship eligibility and requirements.

Institutional Scholarships

Avila University

Financial Aid For First Year and Transfer Students

Financial Aid Office

Baker University

Academic Scholarships Page

Donnelly College

Scholarships Page

Johnson County Community College

Scholarship Search

Kansas City Art Institute

Financial aid Scholarships/Scholarship Grants

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Costs-aid Scholarships

Foundation Scholarships

Kansas State University

Future Student Scholarships and Awards 

Lincoln University

Scholarships 

Metropolitan Community College

Scholarships

Missouri State University

Scholarships

Northwest Missouri State University

NWMissouri Scholarship Info

Park University

Scholarships

Rockhurst University

Admissions/Freshman/Scholarships

Financial-aid/Scholarships

University of Central Missouri

Scholarships

UCMO Scholarship Finder

University of Kansas

Tuition and Scholarship Information

University of Missouri

Types of Aid and Scholarships

Scholarships for First-Time College Freshmen

University of Missouri-Kansas City

UMKC Scholarships

University of Saint Mary

St. Mary Scholarships

Western Governor’s University

Scholarships

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM POSTSECONDARY NETWORK CAMPUSES

Additional Funding Offered by Postsecondary Network Partners

The following institutions provide additional funding for KC Scholars who enroll at their institution. This funding can significantly lower the amount you would pay. The amount of additional funding is different at each institution and may have specific requirements.

Please check with each institution’s financial aid office for more details. Some institutions also offer out-of-state tuition waivers, and those are highlighted below. In addition to the funding described below, your financial aid package may include federal, state and/or institutional aid.

If you are an Institutional-Only Scholar, please visit https://greatjobskc.org/institution-only-quick-guide/

Avila University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR: Along with the KC Scholars Traditional Scholarship and any federal or state grants (e.g., Pell, SEOG, Access Missouri), Avila will cover tuition as well as up to $800 in campus fees each fall, spring, and summer, but will NOT cover room or board. Students may be responsible for any additional fees related to their program of study.

ADULT LEARNER: Not Eligible

COLLEGE SAVINGS MATCH: Not Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

Baker University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR:

Baker University will provide a $1,000 matching scholarship to KC Scholars.

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

Donnelly College

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

Johnson County Community College

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Missouri residents are eligible for a metro tuition rate. Students who work on campus receive the Johnson County tuition rate.

DACA and Undocumented students are eligible to receive the Johnson County rate if they graduated from a KS high school and reside in KS.

Kansas City Art Institute

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Amount varies. KCAI offers additional need-based grants on appeal and students submit a request with their admissions counselor. If approved, the renewable grant is in addition to the KC Scholars award (see KC Scholars Program Guidelines).

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

KC Metro tuition rate for residents of Jackson, Johnson, Platte, Clay and Cass Counties in Missouri.

DACA and Undocumented students residing in Missouri are not eligible.

Kansas State University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Students may qualify for the Wildcat Nonresident Award and the Missouri Match Tuition Award. These awards are renewable for up to 4 years total for freshman or 3 years for transfer students who maintain a K-State GPA of 3.00 along with successfully passing 24 credit hours per year (fall/spring only).

DACA and Undocumented students are not eligible.

Lincoln University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not available

Metropolitan Community College

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Students residing in Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas qualify for the Metro Rate. DACA and Undocumented students are not eligible. The Metro Rate is currently a pilot program good through the 25/26 academic year.

Missouri State University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR: Up to $10,000/year from MSU. Can be renewed for 4 additional years. This scholarship is in addition to the KC Scholars award of up to $12,500 per year (see KC Scholars Program Guidelines). Can be applied to MSU tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board. To qualify, must have a university housing contract and meal plan.

ADULT LEARNER: Up to $10,000/year from MSU. Can be renewed for 4 additional years. This scholarship is in addition to the KC Scholars award of up to $12,500 per year (see KC Scholars Program Guidelines). Can be applied to MSU tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board. To qualify, must have a university housing contract and meal plan.

COLLEGE SAVINGS MATCH: Not Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR: Must enroll full-time at the Springfield campus and have a university housing contract and meal plan to qualify.

ADULT LEARNER: Must enroll full-time at the Springfield campus within 2 years of graduation from high school to qualify.

COLLEGE SAVINGS MATCH: Must meet eligibility requirements (cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.25 or higher or 24 ACT or 1160 SAT) to qualify. These awards are based on application for admission. Please contact MSU financial aid for more information. Undocumented Scholars are not eligible for the waiver.

Visit Scholarships – Office of Student Financial Aid – Missouri State for more information.

Northwest Missouri State University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Incoming freshmen are eligible for in-state rates if they have a high school GPA of at least 2.75. Incoming transfer students are eligible for in-state rates if they have a transfer GPA of at least 2.75. Once enrolled, current students can renew or earn the in-state rate annually with at least a 3.0 cumulative Northwest GPA. Undocumented students are not eligible.

Park University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

Rockhurst University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR: Must be enrolled full-time to receive the Rockhurst KC Scholars Commitment which, along with the KC Scholars award, is a financial aid package (scholarships, Pell grant, SEOG, Access Missouri, Rockhurst grants, and federal direct student loans) that covers all but $5,500 of standard direct costs for tuition, basic fees, basic room and basic board if living on campus every year. Part-time Traditional Scholars are eligible for other financial aid.

ADULT LEARNER: Must be enrolled full-time to receive the Rockhurst KC Scholars Commitment, which, along with the KC Scholars award, is a financial aid package (scholarships, Pell grant, SEOG, Access Missouri, Rockhurst grants, and federal direct student loans) that covers all but $5,500 of standard direct costs for tuition, basic fees, basic room and basic board if living on campus every year. Part-time Adult Learners are eligible for other financial aid.

COLLEGE SAVINGS MATCH: Not eligible for Rockhurst KC Scholars Commitment

For more information and FAQs, visit: KC Scholars | Rockhurst University

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

University of Central Missouri

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Traditional and Adult Learner Scholars who have an SAI at or below 12,000 will receive any amount of UCM Last Dollar award. Scholars with an SAI above 12,000 will be capped at the value of their KC Scholar award each semester.

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR: Covers costs to attend UCM that is placed on the student’s account, including tuition, general fees, textbooks, residence halls, and meal plan. This is a last dollar scholarship that will pay for any remaining applicable charges the student has after all federal, state, institutional, and other scholarships have been applied to the student’s account. Students will be responsible for any required course fees or international fees for all programs and flight fees associated with the aviation program.

ADULT LEARNER: Covers cost to attend UCM that is placed on the student’s account including tuition, general fees, and textbooks throughout the year after all federal, state, institutional, and other scholarships have been applied to the student’s account. Does not cover housing or meal plan charges for Adult Learners. The last dollar award will not exceed the amount of KC Scholar award. Students will be responsible for any required course fees or international fees for all programs and flight fees associated with the aviation program. This scholarship is in addition to the KC Scholars award of up to $12,500 per year (see KC Scholars Program Guidelines).

COLLEGE SAVINGS MATCH: Not eligible

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Kansas residents are automatically awarded the UCM Out of State award. DACA and Undocumented students are not eligible.

University of Kansas

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

KU offers tuition reciprocity for Missouri residents studying Architecture:

https://policy.ku.edu/registrar/KS-MO-reciprocity

Undocumented students are not eligible.

University of Missouri (Columbia)

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; Mizzou offers partial scholarships for non-Missouri residents. Visit the Scholarships webpage for more information.

Undocumented students are not eligible.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Kansas residents are charged in-state tuition. Undocumented students are not eligible.

University of Saint Mary

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Freshmen are eligible for an academic award from USM based on GPA of up to $17,500 a year. Must enroll full-time and live on campus to qualify.

Transfer students are eligible for an academic award from USM based on GPA of up to $15,000 a year. Must enroll full-time.

Visit Scholarships & Financial Aid | University of Saint Mary for more information.

These scholarships are in addition to the KC Scholars award of up to $12,500 per year (see KC Scholars Program Guidelines).

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

Western Governors University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

Not Available

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

 

William Jewell College

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR: William Jewell Tuition Promise award will cover $9,320. This scholarship is in addition to the KC Scholars award of up to $12,500 per year (see KC Scholars Program Guidelines).

ADULT LEARNER: Not eligible

COLLEGE SAVINGS MATCH: Not eligible

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

William Woods University

Additional Funding for KC Scholars

All Scholars will receive a $500 scholarship for visiting William Woods University (WWU) prior to enrolling and a waiver on the $250 enrollment deposit. WWU also extends a 30% discount on Global Programs to KC Scholars recipients’ direct family members (Parent, Grandparent, Sibling), upon verification. (see KC Scholars Program Guidelines).

TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR: Up to $20,000/year from William Woods University. Can be renewed for 5 additional years to a maximum of $100,00. This scholarship replaces the KC Scholars award.

ADULT LEARNER: Receive a 30% tuition discount during the time they are a KC Scholar.

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver

Not applicable; this is a private institution and tuition is the same for all students.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES IN THE REGION AND NATIONALLY

College can be expensive, but there are thousands of private or institutional scholarships available to students from different cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds.

Visit the sites below to learn more about how to find and apply for scholarships.

Scholarship Searches

45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students

Where to Find College Scholarships – A guide to finding scholarships both online and offline

National Scholarship Databases – Several scholarship databases with thousands of local and national scholarships

Scholarship Application Assistance

How to Apply for a College Scholarship – Tools and tips for applying for scholarships

Essay Writing Tips – Personal statement/essay writing tips for college and scholarship applications

Scholarship Scams – Helpful tips to avoid being the victim of a scholarship scam

Scholarship Application Organizer – Tips and tricks to keep track of scholarship application and deadlines, including a customizable scholarship tracker spreadsheet

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