FINANCIAL RESOURCES

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES

Financial aid, in the form of grants, loans, and work-study, is designed to help students and their families pay for college.

Financial aid can be used for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other education costs. Learn more about the different types of financial aid and how to apply for them by visiting the resources listed below.

Financial Aid/FAFSA

Federal Student Aid – The official website for information related to federal financial aid; also available en español

Free Application for Federal Student Aid – The official FAFSA application website; also available en español

FAFSA4caster – A financial aid calculator that gives an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid; also available en español

Types of Financial Aid (video) – Federal Student Aid’s video guide to federal grants, loans and work-study; also available en español

FSA ID Guide – A helpful guide to answer questions about the FSA ID, required to complete the FAFSA; also available en español

FAFSA Next Steps – What to expect after you’ve completed the FAFSA; also available en español

FinAid – A comprehensive guide to federal and private financial aid and scholarships

State Financial Aid – A list of grants and scholarships available to residents of Kansas and Missouri

FAFSA Completion Assistance

FAFSA Workshops – A list of free FAFSA completion workshops in Kansas & Missouri

  • Missouri
  • Kansas – For more information about FAFSA Events in Kansas, please contact your college advisor

How to Fill Out the FAFSA (video) – Federal Student Aid’s FAFSA video guide

College Costs

Net Price Calculator – A calculator to estimate the actual cost of attending any given institution

College Board’s College Costs Guide – Learn more about the different factors that impact college costs

Award Letter Comparison Calculator – A calculator to help you compare financial aid award letters from multiple institutions

529 ACCOUNT AND COLLEGE SAVINGS RESOURCES

Did you know that students who save money in a college savings account—even as little as $1 – are four times more likely to attend college?

The following websites and resources are available to help students and their families learn more about saving money for college and develop a college savings plan.

529 College Savings Account Information

Missouri MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan

Learning Quest – 529 Education Savings program established by the State of Kansas

UPromise – A free cashback earnings program that allows you to contribute earned savings to a 529 account

Ugift – A free service that lets friends and family contribute to a students’ 529 account

College Savings Resources

America Saves/Kansas Saves – Resources and support for low- to moderate-income households to help them save money, reduce debt and build wealth; also available en español

Saving for College – Information for families addressing the challenge of paying for higher education costs

College Savings Planner – Customizable calculator that enables students and families to identify college savings needs and create personalized savings goals

Financial Literacy Resources

Money Smart KC – Local and national resources to help people manage and grow their money

No Frills Money Skills Video Series – Free videos covering various personal finance topics

Common Cents Resources – Quarterly articles designed for parents to share personal finance lessons with their children

Practical Money Skills – Free education resources to help students and families develop money management skills; also available en español

Better Together – Report detailing policies about children’s savings accounts and access initiatives

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AT POSTSECONDARY NETWORK CAMPUSES

Below, you will find lists of available scholarships from the 17 institutions in the KC Scholars Postsecondary Network, as well as several local scholarship foundations.

Each institution and foundation has a wide variety of scholarships available for students from all different backgrounds.  We encourage you to visit the sites to find more information about scholarship eligibility and requirements.

Institutional Scholarships

Avila University

https://www.avila.edu/admission-aid/financial-aid/
scholarships-first-year-1

https://www.avila.edu/admission-aid/financial-aid/
scholarships-transfer-student

Baker University

https://www.bakeru.edu/academic-scholarships/

Donnelly College

http://www.donnelly.edu/aid/
scholarships.cfm

Johnson County Community College

https://jccc.scholarships.ngwebsolutions
.com/scholarx_scholarshipsearch.aspx

Kansas City Art Institute

http://kcai.edu/financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships-grants/

Kansas City Kansas Community College

http://kckcc.edu/costs-aid/scholarships

http://www.kckcc.edu/foundation/
scholarships/

Kansas State University

http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/finaid/
scholarships.html

Lincoln University

https://www.lincolnu.edu/web/
advancement/foundation-scholarships

https://www.lincolnu.edu/web/financial-aid/
undergraduate-scholarships

Metropolitan Community College

http://mcckc.edu/scholarships

Park University

http://www.park.edu/scholarships/

Rockhurst University

http://ww2.rockhurst.edu/admissions/
freshman/scholarships

https://ww2.rockhurst.edu/admissions/
transfer/scholarships-financial
-aid/scholarships

University of Central Missouri

https://www.ucmo.edu/sfs/scholarships/

https://ucmo.academicworks.com/

University of Kansas

https://admissions.ku.edu/tuition-scholarship/freshman

https://admissions.ku.edu/tuition-scholarship/transfer

University of Missouri

http://financialaid.missouri.edu/types-of-aid/
scholarships/index.php

https://endowedscholarships.
missouri.edu/

University of Missouri-Kansas City

http://finaid.umkc.edu/aid/slg=financial
_aid&mdf_cat=21&page_mdf=
2335bac46a80c1e43d1475fe2e3744d9

Western Governor’s University

http://www.wgu.edu/tuition_financial
_aid/scholarships

William Jewell College

http://www.jewell.edu/financial-aid/scholarships

Community Foundation Scholarships

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

https://www.growyourgiving.org/
scholarships

Hispanic Development Fund

http://hdfkc.org/scholarships

Truman Heartland Community Foundation

http://www.thcf.org/Grant-Scholarship-Seekers/Scholarships

WdS Educational Foundation

http://www.wdsef.org/scholarships/
about-our-scholarships

School District Foundation/Local Scholarships

Belton Education Foundation

http://beltonfoundation.org/2016
-scholarship-applications-now-available/

Blue Springs School District/Blue Springs Education Foundation

http://www.bssd.net/domain/3554

Blue Valley Education Foundation

https://bvef.bluevalleyk12.org/students-staff/Pages/Programs.aspx

Bonner Springs Education Foundation

http://www.bse-edufoundation.org/scholarships.html

Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation

http://esfoundation.weebly.com/
scholarships.html

Grain Valley Education Foundation

http://www.gvr5.net/District/Portal/28-Grain-Valley-Education-Foundation

Grandview Education Foundation

http://grandviewedfoundation.
edlioschool.com/apps/pages/index.jsp
?uREC_ID=423636&type=
d&pREC_ID=924392

Harrisonville Public School Foundation

https://www.harrisonvilleschools.org
/Page/62

Hickman Mills Education Foundation

https://www.hickmanmills.org/Page/4241

Independence School District Foundation

http://www.ourisdf.org/?page_id=112

Kearney School District Education Foundation

http://www.ksdef.com/scholarships

Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation

https://www.lsedfoundation.com/
scholarships/

Liberty School District Foundation

http://libertyschooldistrictfoundation.
wildapricot.org/page-1559578

Lone Jack Local Scholarships

https://www.lonejackc6.net/vnews/
display.v/SEC/High%20School%
7CCounselor%3E%3EScholarships

Kansas City Kansas Scholarships

http://www.kckscholarships.org/

North Kansas City Schools Education Foundation

http://nkcschoolsfoundation.org/
scholarships-for-students/nkc-scholarships

Olathe Public Schools Foundation

http://www.olathepublicschoolsfoundation
.org/students-parents/scholarships

Park Hill Foundation

https://parkhillfoundation.org/
scholarshipsgrants/applications/

Platte County Scholarships

http://www.plattecountyschooldistrict.
com/Page/2934

Raytown Educational Foundation

http://www.raytowneducationalfoundation
.org/scholarships/

Raymore-Peculiar Local Scholarships

http://rpseniors.weebly.com/local-scholarships.html

Shawnee Mission Education Foundation

http://www.smef.org/s/1485/2_
interior.aspx?sid=1485&gid=1&pgid=306

West Platte Education Foundation

http://wpedfoundation.org/students

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES IN THE REGION AND NATIONALLY

College can be expensive, but there are thousands of private or institutional scholarships available to students from different cultural, educational and economic backgrounds.

Visit the sites below to learn more about how to find and apply for scholarships.

Local/Regional Scholarships

Institutional and Community Scholarships – A list of scholarships from institutions and community foundations in the Greater Kansas City area

Scholarship Searches

Where to Find College Scholarships – A guide to finding scholarships both online and offline

National Scholarship Databases – Several scholarship databases with thousands of local and national scholarships

Scholarship Application Assistance

How to Apply for a College Scholarship – Tools and tips for applying for scholarships

FinAid’s Guide to College Scholarships – In-depth resources for finding and applying for scholarships

Essay Writing Tips – Personal statement/essay writing tips for college and scholarship applications

Scholarship Scams – Helpful tips to avoid being the victim of a scholarship scam

Scholarship Application Organizer – Tips and tricks to keep track of scholarship application and deadlines, including a customizable scholarship tracker spreadsheet