KU Scholarships

We’re proud to offer a wide range of renewable institutional scholarships to support students who meet specific academic standards or show sufficient financial need. Kansans can qualify for more than $40,000 across four years, while out-of-state students can earn an amount that brings their tuition to KU’s in-state amount.

Fall 2021 freshmen: Your automatic scholarship deadline was Dec. 1, 2020. At this time, you may still be considered for remaining scholarships when you apply, though you are not guaranteed an award. Details about 2021 freshman scholarships can be found here.


Fall 2022 freshmen: Information regarding future scholarship amounts and criteria is forthcoming.


Scholarships

Renewable scholarship - $6,000 ($2,000/yr)

3.5 cumulative college GPA

 

Renewable scholarship - $3,750 ($1,250/yr)

3.25 cumulative college GPA

 

All-state Kansas Academic Team - $1,000 (non-renewable)*

3.5 cumulative college GPA

 

Phi Theta Kappa - $500 (non-renewable)

3.5 cumulative college GPA


There's no separate application for these scholarships.

Transfer scholarships are offered to qualifying students who enroll during any semester. These scholarships may be renewed for up to three years. Students can only receive one of these scholarships at a time.

*If you are named to the All-State Kansas Academic Team or are a Phi Theta Kappa scholar, the one-time scholarship can be combined with other scholarships. The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is only available for transfer students.

The value of scholarships listed here are for scholarships awarded during the 2020-2021 school year. The value of scholarships awarded in future years may vary.

Eligibility requirements

To receive the scholarship, you must

  • submit a complete admission application (by May 1 for fall semesters and Dec. 1 for spring semesters)
  • students who start in the summer will receive their scholarship in the fall 
  • submit an official transcript (by June 30 for summer and fall semesters or by Jan. 6 for spring semesters)
  • have completed 24 transferable college credit hours
  • not have earned a bachelor's degree previously
  • ask your Phi Theta Kappa advisor to submit a PTK Membership Verification Form by July 1 (if seeking the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship)
  • not have previously attended KU as a degree seeking student

Renewal criteria

To renew the scholarship, you must complete 30 KU hours and earn a cumulative 3.25 KU GPA.

Renewable scholarship - $6,000 ($2,000/yr)

3.5 cumulative college GPA

 

Renewable scholarship - $3,750 ($1,250/yr)

3.25 cumulative college GPA

 

Midwest Student Exchange Program - $35,466 ($11,822/yr)

3.25 cumulative college GPA and live in a participating Midwest state

 

Phi Theta Kappa - $35,466 ($11,822/yr)

3.25 cumulative college GPA 


There's no separate application for these scholarships.

Visit scholarship detail pages for more specific requirements on the Midwest Student Exchange Program.

Transfer scholarships are offered to qualifying students who enroll during any semester. These scholarships may be renewed for up to three years. Students can only receive one of these scholarships at a time.

The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is only available for transfer students.

The value of scholarships listed here are for scholarships awarded during the 2020-2021 school year. The value of scholarships awarded in future years may vary.

Eligibility requirements

To receive the scholarship, you must

  • submit a complete admission application (by May 1 for fall semesters and Dec. 1 or spring semesters)
  • students who start in the summer will receive their scholarship in the fall 
  • submit an official transcript (by June 30 for summer and fall semesters or by Jan. 6 for spring semesters)
  • have completed 24 transferable college credit hours,
  • not have earned a bachelor's degree previously,
  • ask your advisor to submit a PTK Membership Verification Form by July 1 (if seeking the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship)
  • not have previously attended KU as a degree seeking student

Renewal criteria

To renew the scholarship, you must complete 30 KU hours and earn a cumulative 3.25 KU GPA. These scholarships may be renewed for up to three years.


External scholarships

Students can find private aid in a variety of ways. You may be eligible for a grant based on achievement or an essay. You may belong to an organization or have a special interest that qualifies you for a scholarship. Maybe your parents' employer offers assistance.

Earning one or two of these scholarships can make a big difference, so a little research can pay off. KU Financial Aid & Scholarships maintains a database of scholarships not affiliated with KU, but applying for these is up to you.

 
Because we know taking the ACT or SAT may be difficult at this time, the University of Kansas is test-optional for both admissions and scholarships. One application puts you in consideration for both.

Aid-related deadlines

Dec. 1
Freshman scholarship deadline
Dec. 1
FAFSA early notification deadline
April 1
Freshman application update deadline
May 1
Transfer scholarship deadline