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.

Scholarships

Chancellor  - $20,000 ($5,000/yr)

32 ACT  or 1420 SAT + 3.85 GPA

 

Traditions - $16,000 ($4,000/yr)

31 ACT  or 1390 SAT + 3.75 GPA

 

Crimson & Blue - $8,000 ($2,000/yr)

28 ACT  or 1300 SAT + 3.5 GPA

 

Rock Chalk - $4,000 ($1,000/yr)

25 ACT  or 1200 SAT + 3.5 GPA

 

Jayhawk $4,000 ($1,000/yr)

24 ACT  or 1160 SAT + 3.75 GPA

 

National Merit Finalist, National Hispanic Scholar - $40,000 ($10,000/yr)

Must be a National Merit Finalist or National Hispanic Scholar. Must select KU as No. 1 college choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corp

 

KU Pell Advantage - Up to $44,664 ($11,166/yr)

22 ACT or 1100 SAT + 3.25 GPA

Must file the FAFSA by Feb. 1 each year and be Pell Grant eligible. Combination of scholarships & grants to fund tuition & fees. 

 


These scholarships are offered to Kansas freshmen who enroll for the semester immediately after completing high school. Students can only receive one of these scholarships at a time.

If your overall GPA improves after your seventh semester, or if your ACT/SAT score improves with the February ACT or SAT, simply update your application by April 1. Updated information must be reported by April 1 to be considered.

Renewal criteria

To renew the scholarship, you must complete 30 KU hours per year and earn a cumulative 3.25 KU GPA. Renewal criteria for the KU Pell Advantage is different and is listed here.

KU Excellence - $67,472 ($16,868/yr)* 

30 ACT or 1360 SAT + 3.75 GPA

(Equivalent to paying in-state tuition)

 

KU Distinction - $57,380 ($14,345/yr)*

28 ACT or 1300 SAT + 3.5 GPA

 

KU Achievement - $47,288 ($11,822/yr)*

24 ACT or 1160 SAT + 3.25 GPA

 


*Partial tuition waiver. Amount varies based on tuition. Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is contingent on Kansas Board of Regents approval in summer 2020.

If your overall GPA improves after your seventh semester, or if your ACT/SAT score improves with the February ACT or SAT, simply update your application by April 1. Updated information must be reported by April 1 to be considered.

These scholarships are available to out-of-state freshmen who enroll for the semester immediately after completing high school. Students can only receive one of these scholarships at a time.

Renewal criteria

To renew the scholarship, you must complete 30 KU hours per year 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

 

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.

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.

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.

KU works to keep costs low for students

Dec. 1
Freshman scholarship deadline
Dec. 1
FAFSA early notification deadline
April 1
Freshman application update deadline
May 1
Transfer scholarship deadline
 
An application to KU submitted by Dec. 1 is also an application for scholarships. With your self-reported GPA and test scores, we’ll determine your eligibility.

Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions

Students who qualify for a scholarship don't have to jump through hoops — we'll automatically put you into the highest tier possible. After that, it’s up to you to maintain an academic track record — often 30 credit hours at a 3.25 GPA, except for Pell Advantage students — that will allow you to keep (or “renew”) the assistance for up to four years.

To be considered for a higher tier, you only have two things to do: improve your test score or GPA to meet its requirements, and then let us know the good news by April 1.

Visit the application update page

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is a form issued by the U.S. Department of Education. To obtain aid, you’ll need one on file, so this step is important. For early notification of aid, file your FAFSA by Dec. 1; otherwise, Feb. 1 is the priority FAFSA deadline. FAFSA filing begins on Oct. 1.

File your FAFSA 

Your financial aid counselor is your personal resource for any question related to affording KU, including scholarship access.


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.