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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.

Events

FAFSA Workshops

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.

Virtual:

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

Register here!

January 16 – for Spanish Speakers

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Register here!

January 18 – for Spanish Speakers

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Register here!

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

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

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