You must meet all of the following requirements to apply:
Age 24 and up (as of August 31, 2023)
Live in one of the six eligible counties (Kansas: Wyandotte, Johnson. Missouri: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte)
Low- to modest-income. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be 12,000 or less.
Previously earned at least 12 college credits at an accredited, Title IV, postsecondary institution and has not earned a degree OR have previously earned an associate degree and will use the scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree
Not enrolled in a postsecondary institution for Fall 2022
Lawfully present in the United States OR DACA eligible and DACA applied/approved
Adult Learner scholarship applicants must complete the 2023-24 FAFSA using your household 2021 income. If your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA is 12,000 or less, you are eligible to apply for KC Scholars.
If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA or have additional questions, please visit kcscholars.org/efc.
Yes, you can apply to KC Scholars if you meet all the minimum eligibility requirements, including having previously earned at least 12 college credits at an accredited, Title IV postsecondary institution. Your selected college or university will determine if your credits can transfer, but it is not required that your credits transfer to receive the scholarship.
The KC Scholars’ Adult Learner Scholarship Application cycle is lengthened to provide greater accessibility and opportunity for adults.
If you know you are ready to go back to college, we suggest you apply during the Early Award Application Cycle. Awardees will be notified in December 2021 providing more time to prepare and enroll in college by Fall 2022.
Adults can apply in either the Early Award Application Cycle (October 1 – November 19, 2021) or the General Award Application Cycle (January 1 – February 25, 2022).
Whether notification of Adult Learner scholarship award is received in December 2022 or April 2022, the KC Scholars’ scholarship will start in Fall 2023. Awardees may opt to enroll in college in Spring 2023 and/or Summer 2023 using other funding sources.
The adult learner scholarship is up to $5,000 a year, renewable for up to 5 years. Award amounts vary depending on enrollment status and institution of enrollment.
To remain eligible once enrolled in college, adult learners must meet minimum annual requirements and complete a short renewal application each year to determine continued eligibility. To remain eligible, adult learners must also maintain continuous enrollment, either full-time or part-time, with summer enrollment optional.
Yes! We want to ensure you are successful going back to college and completing your degree. KC Scholars will match each awardee with an Adult Learner Coach and connect them with supports at one of our 17 colleges and universities to provide assistance such as one-on-one and group advising, assistance with the college enrollment process, FAFSA completion assistance, and referrals to campus and community resources.
You must continuously attend college, either full-time or part-time, to remain eligible for KC Scholars. Continuous enrollment does not include summer, but it does include fall and spring semesters each academic year. KC Scholars’ staff will only consider an exception for an unavoidable and extenuating circumstance.
WHAT CURRENT ADULT LEARNER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES ARE SAYING
Since May 2017, KC Scholars has awarded 782 Adult Learner Scholarships, and over 117 awardees have already completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Awardees have shared that:
Nothing will stop them from completing their degree this time
They want to complete the degree to be a role model for their children
They thought they would never go back and complete college and now they CAN and are
They feel proud to be part of a community that invests in them and they want to make a positive impact in Kansas City
They want to increase their job opportunities and earning potential to make a better life for their family
Some are back in college at the same time as their children who received 9thor 11th grade awards
ADULTS – COLLEGE IS STILL POSSIBLE
In the 6 counties served by KC Scholars, there are 281,000 adults with some college and no degree and 96,000 with an associate's but not bachelor's degree.
Many adults may believe they will never have the opportunity to return to and complete college. KC Scholars provides that opportunity. Apply for the KC Scholars Adult Learner Scholarship today: Join the many adults working to achieve their college dreams and become role models for their family and community. Get ready to have your life changed!
The Adult Learner scholarship is given to adults with some college, but no degree, or to associate’s degree earners who want to complete a bachelors. Adult learners can receive up to $5,000 per year for up to 5 years and can enroll full-time or part-time. Applicants must be at least 24 years old at the time of college enrollment the fall after receiving the award, and have previously earned at least 12 college credits.