Freshman Scholarships

Scholarships for Kansas Residents

All Kansans who meet the criteria listed below and apply by Nov. 1 receive the scholarship. There are no separate applications for these scholarships.

Type Criteria Award

Chancellor

32 ACT or 1450 SAT + 3.85 GPA $20,000 ($5,000/yr)

Traditions

31 ACT or 1420 SAT + 3.75 GPA $16,000 ($4,000/yr)

Crimson & Blue

28 ACT or 1310 SAT + 3.5 GPA $8,000 ($2,000/yr)

Rock Chalk

25 ACT or 1200 SAT + 3.5 GPA $4,000 ($1,000/yr)

Jayhawk

24 ACT or 1160 SAT + 3.75 GPA $4,000 ($1,000/yr)

National Merit Finalist, National Hispanic Scholar

Must be a National Merit Finalist or National Hispanic Scholar. Must select KU as No. 1 college choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corp. $40,000 ($10,000/yr)

KU Pell Advantage

22 ACT or 1100 SAT + 3.25 GPA
Must file the FAFSA by December 1 each year and be Pell Grant eligible.
Must be admitted to KU.
Up to $43,600 ($10,900/yr) 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.

All references to GPA are on a 4.0 scale. All references to SAT scores refer to math and evidence-based reading and writing from tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

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

 

Special scholarships for Kansas residents

Follow additional instructions to apply for these scholarships

Raise.me Micro-Scholarships
For students at participating Kansas high schools who might not otherwise consider attending college.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1

Hixson Opportunity Award
For students who would otherwise not be able to attend KU.
Application Deadline: Jan. 5

J.L. Cleland GLBT Non-discrimination Scholarship
For a student who has experienced discrimination, bullying, and/or violence based on support for GLBT persons.
Application Deadline: Jan. 5

Scholarships for out-of-state residents

Starting in Fall 2018, the University of Kansas is pleased to announce new scholarship amounts for out-of-state students. It is not too late to apply for Fall 2018 to receive these scholarships.

Type Criteria Award

KU Excellence

30 ACT or 1390 SAT + 3.75 GPA

$64,336 ($16,084/yr)*

(Equivalent to paying in-state tuition)

KU Distinction

28 ACT or 1310 SAT + 3.5 GPA $54,320 ($13,580/yr)*

KU Achievement

24 ACT or 1160 SAT + 3.25 GPA $44,308 ($11,077/yr)*

Midwest Student Exchange Program

KU will still participate in the Midwest Student Exchange program. However, beginning Fall 2018, students will be awarded the KU Excellence, KU Distinction or KU Achievement based on GPA and test score. 

 

Jayhawk Generations 
 

Starting in Fall 2018, the Jayhawk Generation scholarships will not be a separate award. Students will receive a KU Excellence, KU Distinction or KU Achievement based on GPA and test score. 

 

*Partial tuition waiver. Amount varies based on tuition. Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is contingent on Kansas Board of Regents approval in summer 2018.

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

 

Special scholarships for out-of-state residents

Follow additional instructions to apply for these scholarships.

Raise.me Micro-Scholarships
For students who might not otherwise consider attending college.
Deadline: Nov. 1