for U.S. incoming freshmen

Recipients for the Fall 2014 international student scholarships have been selected.  Students who will be offered awards will receive an e-mail from the Scholarship Coordinator. If you were selected, you should receive an offer with details of the award.  Competition was very keen for a few awards this year.  Admitted students whose applications were complete by the deadline of January 15, who had the highest test scores, best grades, well-written essays, and demonstrated leadership or service profiles were given first consideration.

Thank you for your patience and for your continued interest in attending KU.

 

You've got the grades. We've got the scholarships.
You'll be guaranteed a renewable scholarship if you meet the qualifications and submit a complete admission application by Nov. 1.

(Not an incoming U.S. freshman?)

Estimated cost of tuition, fees, books, & housing, 2013-14
Freshman 4-year fixed tuition (plus any school course fees) $9,225
Required campus fees $882
Housing and meals $7,700 - $9,500
Books $900
Calculate your costs & aid »

Estimated cost includes allowances for tuition and fees (based on 30 hours each academic year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; other programs may have additional course fees), room and board, and books. For financial aid purposes, other estimated costs are $1,968 for transportation and $1,530 for personal expenses. For cost questions, contact the Registrar at registrar@ku.edu or 785-864-4423.

KU's 2013-14 renewable scholarships for Kansans.
Scholarship ACT/SAT** GPA/4.0 Award
Chancellor 32 or 1400 3.85 $20,000

($5,000/yr)

Traditions 31 or 1360 3.75 $16,000

($4,000/yr)

Crimson & Blue 28 or 1250 3.5 $8,000

($2,000/yr)

Rock Chalk 25 or 1130 3.5 $4,000

($1,000/yr)

Jayhawk 24 or 1090 3.75 $4,000

($1,000/yr)

National Merit Finalist, National Achievement Finalist, National Hispanic Scholar Must select KU as No. 1 college choice with National Merit Scholarship Corp. $40,000

($10,000/yr)

 
KU Pell Advantage* 22 or 1020 3.25 Up to $40,000 ($10,000/yr) Combination of scholarships & grants to fund tuition & fees
  *Must file the FAFSA by the 3/1 priority date each year and be Pell-eligible. Must be admitted to KU by 3/1.  Renewal criteria is 24 KU hours per year with 2.5 GPA.

These scholarships cannot be combined and are available to domestic Kansas freshmen who enroll for the fall semester immediately completing high school. Renewal criteria for the non-Pell scholarships is 30 KU hours per year with a 3.4 GPA. See Scholarship FAQs »

**For the SAT, the score is for math and critical reading sections only.

Special Kansas freshman scholarships
Follow additional instructions to apply for these scholarships. Deadlines vary.

Hixson Opportunity Award for students who would otherwise not be able to attend KU. Deadline: Jan. 31

J.L. Cleland GLBT Non-discrimination Award Deadline: March 1

Estimated cost of tuition, fees, books, & housing, 2013-14
Freshman 4-year fixed tuition (plus any school course fees) $23,991
Required campus fees $882
Housing and meals $7,700 - $9,500
Books $900
Calculate your costs & aid »

Estimated cost includes allowances for tuition and fees (based on 30 hours each academic year in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; other programs may have additional course fees), room and board, and books. For financial aid purposes, other estimated costs are $1,968 for transportation and $1,530 for personal expenses. For cost questions, contact the Registrar at registrar@ku.edu or 785-864-4423.

KU's 2013-14 renewable scholarships for nonresidents.
Scholarship ACT/SAT*** GPA/4.0 Award
KU Excellence 28 or 1250 3.5 $40,616

($10,154/yr**)

KU Distinction 25 or 1130 3.5 $24,000

($6,000/yr)

KU Achievement 24 or 1090 3.75 $16,000

($4,000/yr)

 
National Merit Finalist, National Achievement Finalist, National Hispanic Scholar Must select KU as No. 1 college choice with National Merit Scholarship Corp. $40,616

($10,154/yr)

Midwest Student Exchange Program* 24 or 1090 3.25 $40,616

($10,154/yr)**

*You must live in IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, or WI and major in African and African-American studies; American studies; Anthropology; Architectural studies; Master of Architecture; Astronomy; Classics; Community health; Dance; Design (Environmental/Interior design, Industrial design, Illustration & animation, Photo media, and Visual communication/Graphic design); Engineering physics; Environmental studies; French; Geology; German; History of art; Humanities; Italian; Journalism & mass communications; Latin American studies; Music (Performance, Musicology, Theory & composition); Music education; Music therapy; Petroleum engineering; Philosophy; Physics; Poliitcal science; Public affairs & administration; Religious studies; Russian, East European and Eurasian studies; Slavic languages and literatures; Sociology; Theatre; Theatre design; Visual art; Visual art education; Women’s studies.

***For the SAT, the score is for math and critical reading sections only.

 
Jayhawk Generations

You must have parent, step-parent, grandparent, stepgrandparent, great-grandparent or legal guardian who graduated from KU.

28+ or 1250 3.5 $48,616

($12,154/yr)**

25-27 or 1130-1240 3.5 $28,788

($7,197/yr)**

24 or 1090-1120 3.5 $19,192

($4,798/yr)**

**Partial tuition waiver.

These scholarships cannot be combined and are available to eligible, domestic nonresident freshmen who enroll for the fall semester after completing high school. Renewal criteria is 30 KU hours per year with a 3.4 GPA. See Scholarship FAQs »

International costs & scholarships

(Not an incoming international student?)

International costs

The cost of KU is competitive when compared to other comparably sized, public research institutions in the United States, particularly when you consider the value of a KU degree.

KU charges a per-credit-hour tuition rate, which varies according to a student’s field of study. Students also pay a set of required fees. Estimated non-resident, undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year range from $22,832 to $29,692. Living and other expenses are estimated at an additional $11,236 per academic year.

When you apply, you will be asked to document a minimum amount of financial support for the first year. The amount will vary, depending upon your intended program of study. Refer to the following charts for details:

For additional information about costs, please visit the main affordability page.  

International scholarships

KU offers a few partial scholarships for qualified, newly admitted international students. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete an application by January 15.

Exception: Phi Theta Kappa members applying from within the United States must apply for scholarships by February 1.

The Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) offers merit-based scholarships to new, international, undergraduate degree-seeking students. IRUA does not offer scholarships according to financial need. Nor does IRUA offer scholarships that pay for all expenses. As part of the application process, students requesting F-1 or J-1 status must submit proof of financial support for the first year of study.

Chart of IRUA Scholarships (pdf)

The KU-IIE Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship

The KU-IIE scholarship is facilitated in cooperation with the Institute of International Education (IIE). This highly competitive, renewable, merit-based scholarship is valued at approximately $22,000/year for up to four years. Students must have outstanding academic profiles and demonstrated leadership ability. The scholarship is awarded to international students who are applying from outside the U.S. and who will be entering the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status for the fall semester. 25 awards are available per year. The scholarship cannot be combined with another IRUA award.

How to apply

  1. Submit your complete application for admission and all supporting materials by January 15.
  2. Achieve the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA on a four-point scale.
  3. Provide a schedule of courses in which you are currently enrolled.
  4. Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet minimum requirements for KU class enrollment (pdf).
  5. Submit SAT or ACT scores. Although SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to all majors, they are required for you to be considered for the KU-IIE Scholarship. Providing SAT/ACT scores also enhances your application for other scholarships and enables your advisor to place you in the proper KU courses.
  6. Write a Co-Curricular Summary, which includes a description of all your out-of-class activities, involvement in student organizations, leadership, service, and awards. Choose three activities and explain why they have been especially meaningful to you.
  7. Write an essay of no more than 500 words about one of the following topics:
    • Your personal and academic goals and how you hope to achieve them at KU
    • Your field of study and specialized interests within this field
    • The unique perspectives you hope to gain in the U.S. and how, upon your return to your home country, you intend to use the skills, knowledge, and experience you gain here
    • A topic of your choice. Your essay must demonstrate writing and critical thinking skills
  8. Provide letters of reference or recommendation.
Jayhawk Generation Scholarship

This competitive, renewable, merit-based award ranges from $4,572 to $11,675 per year. Students must have a parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, or legal guardian who graduated from KU. A minimum combined SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading score of 1090 or a minimum ACT composite score is required. Students must have achieved a 3.5 GPA on a four-point scale. The Jayhawk Generation scholarship cannot be combined with another award.

How to apply for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship

  1. Submit your complete application for admission and all supporting materials by January 15.
  2. Submit a minimum SAT combined Math & Critical Reading score of 1090 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24. Although SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to all majors, they are required for you to be considered for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship. Providing SAT/ACT scores also enhances your application for other scholarships and enables your advisor to place you in the proper KU courses.
  3. Achieve the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA on a four-point scale.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is a non-renewable, $500 award for Phi Theta Kappa members transferring from a U.S. community college. Students must have earned 36 credit hours and a 3.75 GPA on a four-point scale. Students must not have earned a bachelor’s degree.

How to apply for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship:

  1. Submit your complete application for admission and all supporting materials by February 15. You must have completed 36 credit hours at a U.S. community college with a GPA of at least 3.75 on a four-point scale. You must not have earned a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Have your Phi Theta Kappa adviser submit the Confirmation of Membership Form (pdf).

Departmental Scholarships

KU academic departments also offer scholarships to first year students. If a student is eligible for consideration for a departmental award, IRUA will forward his or her application to the department. In general, departmental scholarships are competitive, and qualifying students are informed of opportunities to apply for the scholarships only after the student has been admitted. Often, students will not be invited to apply until they have completed one or two semesters of study at KU.

 

The following departmental scholarships are available to undergraduates: 

Outside Scholarships and Sponsors

Additional Information about Scholarships

More information for students who plan to pursue studies in the USA is available at the following websites:

You've got the grades. We've got the scholarships.
You'll be guaranteed a renewable scholarship if you meet the qualifications and submit a complete admission application by Feb. 1.

(Not an incoming U.S. transfer?)

2013-14 estimated costs for Kansas transfers
Annual tuition (plus any school course fees) $8,395.50 ($279.85 per credit hour)
Required campus fees $882
Housing and meals $7,700-$9,500
Books $900

Estimated cost includes allowances for tuition and fees (based on 30 hours each academic year in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; other programs may have additional course fees), room and board, and books. For financial aid purposes, other estimated costs are $1,968 for transportation and $1,530 for personal expenses. For cost questions, contact the Registrar at registrar@ku.edu or 785-864-4423.

Renewable transfer scholarships for Kansans
College GPA Award
3.75-4.0 cumulative college GPA $3,000

($1,500/yr)

3.5-3.74 cumulative college GPA $2,400

($1,200/yr)

Last school attended must be a community college. Must have completed 36 credit hours and not have earned a bachelor's degree previously. Scholarships listed above are available to eligible domestic transfer students who enroll for the summer or fall semester. Renewal criteria is 30 KU hours per year with a 3.4 GPA. See Scholarship FAQs »
2013-14 Non-renewable transfer scholarships for Kansans
Scholarship Award Criteria
All-State Kansas Academic Team $1,000 3.5+ cumulative college GPA
Phi Theta Kappa $500 3.5+ cumulative college GPA and advisor's confirmation (pdf)
Must have completed 36 credit hours and not have earned a bachelor's degree previously.
2012-13 estimated costs for nonresident transfers
Annual tuition (plus any school course fees) $21,874.50 ($729.15 per credit hour)
Required campus fees $882
Housing and meals $7,700-$9,500
Books $900

Estimated cost includes allowances for tuition and fees (based on 30 hours each academic year in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; other programs may have additional course fees), room and board, and books. For financial aid purposes, other estimated costs are $1,968 for transportation and $1,530 for personal expenses. For cost questions, contact the Registrar at registrar@ku.edu or 785-864-4423.

Renewable transfer scholarships for nonresident transfers
Scholarship Award Criteria
Transfer scholarship $3,000

($1,500/yr)

3.75-4.0 community college GPA
Transfer scholarship $2,400

($1,200/yr)

3.5-3.75 community college GPA
Phi Theta Kappa $18,564 for two years

($9,282 per year) Partial tuition waiver.

3.5+ community college GPA and advisor's confirmation (pdf)
Last school attended must be a community college. Must have completed 36 credit hours and not have earned a bachelor's degree previously. Scholarships listed above are available to eligible domestic transfer students who enroll for the summer or fall semester. Renewal criteria is 30 KU hours per year with a 3.4 GPA. See Scholarship FAQs »
Non-renewable transfer scholarships for nonresident transfers
Scholarship Award Criteria
All-State Kansas Academic Team $1,000 3.75 community college GPA
Must have completed 36 credit hours and not have earned a bachelor's degree previously.

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Shannon O'Hagan
International rep