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. KCAI merit scholarships can be applied toward tuition and fees, housing, books, supplies and/or living expenses.
Priority Scholarship Deadlines
- 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 – 2018/2019 School Year
KCAI merit scholarships are renewed in full annually for full-time students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and who maintain a 75% completion rate of all attempted hours including transfer credits. KCAI reviews and determines renewal eligibility upon completion of the fall semester of the student’s second year and beyond.
For 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 and completion rate not checked.||If GPA or completion rate is below the requirements, student will be placed on merit warning for the following semester|
|2nd year||Cumulative GPA and completion rate checked at the end of the semester||If GPA or completion rate is below the requirements, merit scholarship will be decreased for the 3rd year|
|3rd year||Cumulative GPA and completion rate checked at the end of the semester||If GPA or completion rate are below the requirements, merit scholarship will be decreased for the 4th year|
|4th year||Cumulative GPA and completion rate checked at the end of the semester||If GPA or completion rate are below the requirements, merit scholarship may be reviewed on a case by case basis and only awarded at the decreased amount|
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. There are no appeal processes following the end of the probation year. All decisions made at the end of the probation year are final, and will remain until your cumulative GPA returns to a 2.5 or higher. You must contact the financial aid office when your cumulative GPA meets the scholarship standards to have the amount adjusted. If the student’s appeal is denied, the student’s scholarship will be reduced according to the GPA guidelines.
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)
Sallie Mae Free Scholarship Search
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
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 share your scholarship opportunity please email email@example.com. The financial aid office will review your scholarship guidelines and email the information to our students. Please do not email multiple requests.
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
- Funded by the state of Missouri.
- Available to Missouri residents only.
- Based on financial need.
- February 1 priority deadline by submitting the FAFSA for the 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.
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.