Scholarships for 2021 freshmen

These renewable scholarships will be offered to students who plan to enroll for the fall 2021 semester immediately after completing high school. The value of scholarships awarded in future years may vary.

Scholarships for Kansas freshmen

  • 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.

Scholarships for out-of-state freshmen

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

    30 ACT or 1360 SAT + 3.75 GPA

  • 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

  • *Equivalent to paying in-state tuition **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.

While KU is test-optional for both admissions and scholarships, students with test scores will have them factored into 2021 scholarship decisions. If your score improves with the February ACT or SAT, or if your overall GPA improves after your seventh semester, update your application by April 1.

Frequently asked scholarship questions

By maintaining academic standards — 30 credit hours at a 3.25 GPA, except for Pell Advantage students — students keep (or “renew”) the assistance for up to four years.

No. Only a single institutional scholarship can be awarded to a student at one time, though students may earn additional private or outside scholarships.

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.