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.


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 annually for full-time students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. KCAI reviews and determines renewal eligibility upon completion of the academic year. For those students who do not qualify, the following amounts will be awarded:

2.75 to 2.99 95% of original award
2.5 to 2.74 90% of original award
2.0 to 2.49 85% of original award
Below a 2.0 75% of original award

If at the end of the academic year a student’s cumulative GPA is below a 3.0, the student can file for a scholarship probation hearing by contacting Financial Aid. The deadline to file is July 1. After the hearing, the student will be given an additional year, referred to as a scholarship probation year, to meet scholarship requirements. In that scholarship probation year, the student’s scholarship will be renewed in full. At the end of the scholarship probation year, the student’s GPA for the year must be a 3.0 or above. Students with a probation-year GPA below a 3.0 will have their scholarships reduced based on the percentages above. All decisions that occur at the end of the probation year are final, and will remain in place until the student’s cumulative GPA returns to a 3.0 or higher.

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.
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.


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

Federal Pell Grants

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

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.