for U.S. incoming freshmen
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, 2014-15
Freshman 4-year fixed tuition (plus any school course fees) $9,548
Required campus fees $900
Housing and meals $5,800 - $9,500
Books $950
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 2014-15 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 $41,972 ($10,448/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 KU 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, 2014-15
Freshman 4-year fixed tuition (plus any school course fees) $24,831
Required campus fees $900
Housing and meals $5,800 - $9,500
Books $950
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 2014-15 renewable scholarships for nonresidents.
Scholarship ACT/SAT*** GPA/4.0 Award
KU Excellence 28 or 1250 3.5 $42,032

($10,508/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. $42,032

($10,508/yr)

Midwest Student Exchange Program* 24 or 1090 3.25 $42,032

($10,508/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 (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; Political 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. May 1 is the last date to change your major to be considered for the Midwest Student Exchange Program.

***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 $50,032

($12,508/yr)**

25-27 or 1130-1240 3.5 $29,796

($7,449/yr)**

24 or 1090-1120 3.5 $19,864

($4,966/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 KU 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 $25,860 to $28,539. Living and other expenses are estimated at an additional $16,614 per academic year.

If you will be in F-1 or J-1 status, you will be asked do document a minimum amount of financial support for the first year when you apply. The amount will vary, depending upon your intended program of study. 

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

International scholarships

KU offers a few partial scholarhips for qualified, new international freshmen and transfer students admitted for fall semester. To be considered for a scholarhip, you must complete a fall semester 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) screens candidates for a limited number of admissions scholarships. Awards are only offered to students who are beginning their first KU semesters in the fall. KU does not offer international student scholarships based on financial need. International undergraduate scholarships do not cover 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.

For consideratoin, complete the online application for admission. All required materials must be received by the DEADLINE January 15, 2013.

International KUEA undergraduate scholarships
 
  • Competitive, merit based awards, renewable or non-renewable
  • Available to international freshmen or transfer students already studying in the USA at the time of application or applying from outside the USA
The KU-IIE Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship
  • Selection facilitated with cooperation of the Institute of International Education
  • Highly competitive, renewable merit based tuition awards for new students with outstanding academic profiles and demonstrated leadership
  • Available only to international freshmen or transfer students applying from outside the USA who will be entering the US in F-1 or J-1 status in the fall semester
  • Maximum of 25 offered per year

Eligibility requirements for scholarships

Because we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships, recipients are selected from the top tier of applicants who have been admitted based upon their outstanding academic record and proven leadership. Selection factors include:
  • Complete application for admission has been submitted by scholarship deadline of January 15
  • Grades--the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA or higher on a four-point scale.
  • Current schedule of courses in which student is enrolled.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet minimum requirements for KU class enrollment (pdf).
  • High 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
      • Provide letters of reference or recommendation.
      • Additional scholarship forms may be distributed to students selected by IRUA for consideration
Jayhawk Generation Scholarship

This is competitive, renewable, merit-based award. 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

Many KU academic departments also offer scholarships to students. After completion of one year of studies in your academic program, you may be eligible for competitive awards offered by your academic major department. You may check with the department for scholarship opportunities and eligibility criteria.

Outside Scholarships and Sponsors

Additional Information about Scholarships

International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) awards admissions scholarships for students who apply for the Fall semester as their initial semester.  We do not offer scholarships for spring or summer admission. 

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?)

2014-15 estimated costs for Kansas transfers
Annual tuition (plus any school course fees) $8,807 ($293.55 per credit hour)
Required campus fees $900
Housing and meals $5,800-$9,500
Books $950

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.

TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS (APPLY BY FEB 1.)
SCHOLARSHIP GPA Requirement AMOUNT ANNUAL RENEWAL CRITERIA
Renewable scholarships

(2 years only)

3.75+ cumulative college GPA $3,000 for two years

($1,500/yr)

30 KU hours

+3.4 GPA

3.75-3.74 cumulative college GPA $2,400 for two years

($1,200/yr)

30 KU hours

+3.4 GPA

All-State Kansas Academic Team 3.5+ cumulative college GPA $1,000 One-time nonrenewable
Phi Theta Kappa

(Kansas resident)

3.5+ cumulative college GPA $500 One-time nonrenewable
Eligibility for these automatic scholarships:
-Your last school must be a community college
-You must have completed 36 credit hours and not have earned a bachelor’s
  degree previously
-You must plan to begin studies in the summer or fall. (No scholarships are awarded
  for spring)
-You must be a domestic student
-Your Phi Theta Kappa advisor must submit confirmation of your membership by
  March 1

If you are named to the All-State Kansas Academic Team, the one-time $1,000 scholarship will be combined with other scholarships.

For information about scholarships and grants for undergraduates at the KU Edwards Campus: http://edwardscampus.ku.edu/financial-aid-scholarships
2014-15 estimated costs for nonresident transfers
Annual tuition (plus any school course fees) $22,947 ($764.90 per credit hour)
Required campus fees $900
Housing and meals $5,800-$9,500
Books $950

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.

TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS (APPLY BY FEB 1.)
SCHOLARSHIP GPA Requirement AMOUNT ANNUAL RENEWAL CRITERIA
Renewable scholarships

(2 years only)

3.75+ cumulative college GPA $3,000 for two years

($1,500/yr)

30 KU hours

+3.4 GPA

3.75-3.74 cumulative college GPA $2,400 for two years

($1,200/yr)

30 KU hours

+3.4 GPA

All-State Kansas Academic Team 3.5+ cumulative college GPA $1,000 One-time nonrenewable
Phi Theta Kappa

(Nonresident)

3.5+ cumulative college GPA $19,472 for two years

($9,736 per year)

30 KU hours

+3.4 GPA

Eligibility for these automatic scholarships:
-Your last school must be a community college
-You must have completed 36 credit hours and not have earned a bachelor’s
  degree previously
-You must plan to begin studies in the summer or fall. (No scholarships are awarded
  for spring)
-You must be a domestic student
-Your Phi Theta Kappa advisor must submit confirmation of your membership by
  March 1

If you are named to the All-State Kansas Academic Team, the one-time $1,000 scholarship will be combined with other scholarships.

For information about scholarships and grants for undergraduates at the KU Edwards Campus: http://edwardscampus.ku.edu/financial-aid-scholarships

Steps for International students
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Shannon O'Hagan
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