All applicants are considered for merit based scholarships. Scholarship decisions are made based on an applicant's portfolio and academic achievements. A high school transcript, a college transcript if applicable, and a standardized test score are required.

Priority scholarship deadlines

Feb. 1: Freshman first scholarship postmark deadline

March 1: Transfer applicant first scholarship postmark deadline
Freshman second scholarship postmark deadline

April 1: Transfer applicant second scholarship postmark deadline
Freshman third scholarship postmark deadline

Missouri residents may be eligible for a Missouri Access Grant depending on FAFSA results, but the FAFSA must be completed by April 1st for consideration.

The KCAI FAFSA code is 002473. 

Outside scholarship information

The best way to find out about scholarships is to talk with others and do as much research as possible. Consult with high school administrators, faculty and guidance counselors, community leaders, organizations, churches, public libraries and relatives' places of employment. Several websites provide search capabilities at no charge. Beware of scholarship search programs that charge a fee, even if they have a "guarantee" policy.

Scholarship search websites
scholarship coach
Sallie Mae Free Scholarship Search
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation


To check the legitimacy of a company:

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

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