Scholarships are funds awarded to students who meet certain criteria, such as merit, need, and background. Generally, these funds are considered gift aid, which means that they do not need to be repaid, whether a student does or does not graduate. First-time freshmen and transfer students apply for KU scholarships through the KU Office of Admissions.

KU scholarships

The KU Office of Admissions maintains scholarship eligibility requirements for resident and nonresident freshman and transfer students. Unless otherwise noted, KU provides four-year renewable scholarships to eligible freshmen who submit a complete application by Dec. 1. Recipients receive written notification within seven to 10 days of admission.

Applicants self-report the information used to determine scholarship eligibility by the KU Office of Admissions. To increase a scholarship amount, a student has until April 1 to update their application. The Office of Admissions must then receive an official, final high school transcript (and official ACT or SAT scores if applicable) by July 1 for verification. If a student no longer meets criteria after review of these materials, we rescind the scholarship offer.

For fall 2021 freshmen, tiers are primarily based on test scores and the overall GPA on a 4.0 scale that most benefits a student at time of application. Information regarding scholarship criteria and amounts for future admitted classes is forthcoming.

An incoming fall freshman or transfer student can defer a scholarship for one year, or until they attend another college, university, or community college. Any change in residency or resident tuition rates may also impact eligibility for a scholarship.

Renewal criteria

Freshman scholarships expire after four years of undergraduate study or upon graduation, whichever occurs first. Transfer scholarships expire after three years of undergraduate study.

Scholarship recipients must successfully complete a minimum of 30 KU hours each academic year (fall, spring, summer, or any combination) and maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative KU GPA.

After spring grades have posted, Financial Aid & Scholarships will verify that students have met renewal criteria. Students are notified of their scholarship status for the upcoming academic year via their registered KU email address.

If a scholarship is not renewed after the first year due to grades and/or hours, it is possible to earn that scholarship for a future term or academic year. Financial Aid & Scholarships monitors grades and hours for all students, and will send notification if renewal criteria is again met.

Private scholarships

A student may also obtain scholarships offered by private businesses, community organizations, and local and state governments.

  • Resources like the Kansas ScholarShop, provided by the Office of the Kansas State Treasurer and powered by the Sallie Mae scholarship search engine, can help identify scholarships you may qualify for.
  • Kansans can also visit the Board of Regents website for opportunities.


Other scholarships

On-campus groups, departments, schools, and offices at KU also offer scholarships: