FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
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.
Students and caregivers of 12th graders are invited to attend our FAFASA workshops. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process has been updated this year and requires all parents to have an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA opens in December. We will host workshops to assist you through the FAFSA process.
January – 17 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
January 19 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
January 24 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
January 26 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
January 31 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
February 28 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
March 27 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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
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 Aid – The 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
529 ACCOUNT AND COLLEGE SAVINGS RESOURCES
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.
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
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
OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AT POST-SECONDARY NETWORK CAMPUSES
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.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES IN THE REGION AND NATIONALLY
Visit the sites below to learn more about how to find and apply for scholarships.
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
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