Scholarships + Grants

By applying to KCAI you are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarship decisions are made based on an applicant’s portfolio and academic achievements. Transcripts and a standardized test score are required.

Scholarships

Priority Scholarship Deadlines

Freshman scholarships:

  • First postmark deadline is December 1.
  • Second postmark deadline is February 1.
  • Third postmark deadline is March 1.

Transfer Scholarship Applicant:

  • Postmark deadline is March 1.
  • Second postmark deadline is April 1.

Merit-based Scholarships

KCAI merit scholarships are renewed in full annually for full-time students with a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA . KCAI reviews and determines renewal eligibility upon completion of the fall semester of the student’s second year and beyond. For those students who do not qualify for renewal in full, the following amounts will be awarded:

2.0 to 2.49 85% of original award
Below a 2.0 75% of original award

 

Fall Semester Spring Semester
1st year GPA not checked. GPA not checked.
2nd year Cumulative GPA checked at end of semester Will receive award letter for 3rd year. If GPA is lower than 2.5, merit scholarship will be decreased for 3rd year.
3rd year Cumulative GPA checked at end of semester Will receive award letter for 4th year. If GPA is lower than 2.5, merit scholarship will be decreased for 4th year.
4th year and beyond Cumulative GPA checked at end of semester Will receive award letter for the next year. If GPA is lower than 2.5, merit scholarship will be decreased for the next year.

 

Procedure for Scholarship Appeal:

Scholarship probation hearings will include the student and representatives from Financial Aid and Disability and Academic Support Services. During the hearing, the student will be asked to present a statement explaining the circumstances that may have impacted the GPA below the required 2.5, as well as any documentation relevant to those circumstances. If the appeal is approved, the student and representatives from Financial Aid and Disability and Academic Support Services will develop an academic plan that the student will be required to follow during the scholarship probation year and the scholarship will be renewed in full. If the student’s appeal is denied, the student’s scholarship will be reduced according to the GPA guidelines.

A student may appeal more than once in the student’s academic career at KCAI.

 

Scholarship Websites

There are a number of other scholarship and financial aid opportunities available for KCAI students. Be sure to visit the following sites to research other funding options that may fit your needs.

KC Scholars (fall 2018 only)
fastweb.com
scholarshipexperts.com
scholarshipmonkey.com
studentscholarships.org
careersandcolleges.com
collegeboard.com
collegefunds.net
Sallie Mae Free Scholarship Search
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Chameleonjohn Scholarship

Please be aware that any outside resources received could result in an adjustment to your original KCAI financial aid award.

If you are an individual company wishing to post your scholarship opportunity please email financialaid@kcai.edu. The financial aid office will review your scholarship guidelines and approved scholarship postings will be emailed to our students.

Grants

Grants do not require repayment. A prior bachelor’s degree excludes a student from eligibility for federal and state grant-based awards. To apply for grants, complete the forms at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Federal Pell Grants

  • Renewable grants.
  • Based on financial need.
  • Administered by the federal government.
  • Learn more about Federal Pell Grants by visiting studentaid.ed.gov.

Federal Supplemental Education opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

  • Federal government grant.
  • Administered by KCAI.
  • Based on financial need.
  • Preference given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • Learn more about FSEOG Grants here.

Missouri Financial Assistance Grants

Access Missouri

  • Funded by the state of Missouri.
  • Available to Missouri residents only.
  • Based on financial need.
  • April 1 deadline for submitting the FAFSA for Missouri state grant.
  • Renewal students must maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 and not have received an Access Missouri award for a maximum of 10 semesters.

Bright Flight

Funded by the state of Missouri

  • Available to Missouri residents only

Have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in either:

  • The top 3 percent of all Missouri students taking those tests, or
  • The top 4th or 5th percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.

Learn more about state scholarships and grants available to Missouri students here.

If you have questions about residency requirements, please contact the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in Jefferson City, MO., at 573-751-2361.