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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at KCKCC assists students in obtaining the necessary funding needed to attend college. Students who apply for assistance and meet eligibility requirements may receive one or more of the following: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Stafford Loan, state scholarship or grant, and/or a KCKCC scholarship or performance grant.

Federal and state aid is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Students must complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) each academic year. The application is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students should list Kansas City Kansas Community College (Code: 001925) as the college they plan to attend.

Information reported on the FAFSA is sent to a federal processor where eligibility is determined. The results are sent by the federal processor to KCKCC. After receiving eligibility information, the Financial Aid Office will send the student an award letter listing the amount of funds available from the various aid programs. Students must apply for admission to the College in order to receive a financial aid award. The FAFSA should be completed prior to April 1 to receive maximum funding.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for federal financial aid, the student must:

1. Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate;
2. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
3. Be registered with the Selective Service (if required);
4. Demonstrate financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA Application;
5. Be working toward a degree or certificate at KCKCC;
6. Be making satisfactory academic progress; 
7. Not be in default of any federal student loan, or owe a refund of federal grant funds
8. Eligibility must fall within the lifetime limits of the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan Programs.

Federal Aid Programs

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students working toward their first Bachelor’s Degree. The amount is determined each year by the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the student’s enrollment status, and the length of the enrollment period. The U.S. Department of Education has set a lifetime limit to receiving Federal Pell Grant funds to six years (600%) or 12 full-time equivalent semesters. Students may monitor eligibility at www.nslds.ed.gov
Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans are low-interest loans made to students enrolled at least half-time and are based on financial need. Loans are made by a participating lender, insured by a guaranty agency, and reinsured by the federal government. Interest is paid by the federal government as long as the student is in school. Loan amounts range from $500-$4,500 per academic year. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant is awarded to American Indians who demonstrate financial need and academic progress. Additional information and application materials are available through the area agency office holding records of tribal membership.
A Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

A Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan are low-interest loans for students. The student must be enrolled at least half-time and are based on the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The lender is the U.S. Department of Education. KCKCC does not automatically award Federal Direct Student Loans. Students who wish to borrow loan funds must complete the KCKCC Federal Direct Loan Request Form and submit it to the Student Financial Aid Office to be considered for a loan award. Loan application information can be found on MYDotte and at the Student Financial Aid Office. Loan awards range from $100-$10,500 per academic year.
State of Kansas Financial Aid Programs

State of Kansas Financial Aid Programs

Students who are residents of the State of Kansas may be eligible for scholarship and grant funds awarded by the State of Kansas. Information about the various state awards can be found at www.kansasregents.org/financial_aid.
Federal College Work-Study

Federal College Work-Study

Federal College Work-Study provides financial assistance through part-time (15 Hours per week) temporary employment either on campus or off campus in a community service position. Students must demonstrate financial need based on the results of the FAFSA. A list of job openings can be found at the Student Financial Aid Office.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant amounts are awarded to students with highest need who are Pell Grant eligible. Awards range from $200-$1,000 per academic year. Students who apply for awards prior to April 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring will be given priority in awarding this grant.
A Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students

A Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students is a low-interest loan available to a parent of a dependent student who is enrolled in at least half-time. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The loan award amount is based on the cost of education minus any financial aid the student is awarded. Interest is charged during all enrollment periods. Applications are available in the Student Financial Aid Office.

Institutional Financial Aid

College Funded Work-Study

College Funded Work-Study

College funded work-study is part-time temporary employment (15 hours per week) on campus designed for students not eligible for federal assistance. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the application process. A list of job openings can be found at the Student Financial Aid Office.
Performance Grants

Performance Grants

Outstanding performance in the areas of athletics, music, journalism, visual art/digital design, debate/forensics and theatre/drama are recognized at KCKCC by awarding students a performance grant. Faculty and coaches from these various departments set the criteria and select the students for awards. Students should contact the awarding department for additional information. Inquiries should be made in advance of the academic semester in which students wish to enroll.
KCKCC Endowment Association Scholarships

KCKCC Endowment Association Scholarships

The primary purpose of the Endowment Association is to raise, manage, and distribute funds for the students at Kansas City Kansas Community College in the form of scholarships.

The Endowment Association awards scholarships each year ranging from $250 to assist with the purchase of books to full payment of tuition, fees, and books based on scholarship criteria and a student’s academic qualifications. Many of the recipients of these scholarships are non-traditional students who don’t qualify for traditional forms of financial aid. Many are single heads of household trying to raise a family on their own, working full time jobs, and still trying to make their life better by getting a college education.

Applications are available in the Endowment Association office, Math/Science Building Room 3500 or online.

The Endowment Association provides scholarships for tuition, books, and fees only.

Before applying, the following must be completed to be considered for a scholarship: Apply for admission

Submit official 8th semester high school, college, or GED academic transcript to KCKCC admission office.

Apply for financial aid by completing the free application for Federal Student aid at www.fafsa.gov.

A minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0 is required for most scholarships.

Preference will be given to Wyandotte and Leavenworth county students for most scholarships.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy For Federal Financial Aid Recipients

Federal regulations mandate that a student must be making “satisfactory academic progress” toward earning a certificate or associates degree in order to receive federal financial aid. All recipients of federal financial aid programs, which include Federal Pell and SEOG Grants, Federal Direct Loans and Federal Work-Study funds are subject to these standards for renewal of financial aid eligibility. To comply with this regulation, KCKCC has established the following standards of satisfactory academic progress:

Satisfactory academic progress evaluation is based on reviewing all KCKCC and transfer credit hours as it appears on the student’s official academic transcript at the time of the review. Progress will be reviewed at the end of each enrollment period (Fall, Spring, and Summer) in which the student received federal financial aid. The minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress are evaluated using the following criteria:

Grade Point Average (GPA): 2.0 minimum
Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA based on the total number of credit hours attempted. KCKCC and transfer hours are considered.

Percentage of Completion: 66% minimum
Students must successfully complete 66% of all credit hours attempted as listed on the student’s academic transcript at KCKCC. Grades of A, B, C, D, P, CR will be considered as successful completion of coursework. Remedial coursework will also be included in the hours counted as attempted.

Courses in which students receive a grade of “F”, “I”, “W”, or “WA” will be counted as hours attempted, but not completed. Of these grades, the “F” is the only one included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. If course work is not completed within a year’s time, the grade of “I” will change to a grade of “F”.

Credit Hour Limit: 97 Attempted Hours Maximum
Students who have attempted more than 97 credit hours (including KCKCC and transfer credit hours) will not be eligible to receive federal financial aid. This includes all enrollment periods whether or not federal aid was requested or received. Students reaching this maximum attempted credit hour total will not be given a “warning” semester to continue to receive federal financial aid.

Financial Aid Warning

Students who are deficient in either percentage of hours completed and/or cumulative grade points average will automatically be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the next enrollment period. During the next enrollment period, the student may continue to receive financial assistance during the warning period. No appeal or other action is required. At the end of a warning semester, the student’s academic progress will be reviewed again. At that time, one of the following actions will occur:
  1. If standards have been met, the student will be reinstated back to satisfactory academic progress standing.
  2. If the student is not yet meeting the minimum standards of progress but did complete a minimum of 66% of all attempted hours for the enrollment period with grades of “C” or above, the “warning” status will continue for the next enrollment period.
  3. If neither of the preceding terms is met, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Exclusion.

Financial Aid Exclusion

Students on exclusion may not receive any additional federal aid (Pell Grant, FSEOG, Federal Work-Study or Federal Direct Loans) to attend KCKCC. Continuation of coursework at KCKCC will at the expense of the student. All federal aid awarded to the student will be cancelled. Students on Financial Aid Exclusion will be denied federal financial assistance at KCKCC until one of the following occurs:
  1. The student meets the minimum standards of satisfactory progress after transfer credit hours are posted on the student’s academic record. The student must contact the Student Financial Aid Office with a written request to review academic progress after transfer credit has been posted.
  2. The student completes all attempted hours (minimum of 6 hours), which the student pays for and earns a grade of “C” or better, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. The student should contact the Student Financial Aid Office with a written request to review academic progress.
  3. The student files an appeal and the appeal is approved. Students with an approved appeal will be placed on a Financial Aid Probation status.

Exclusion Appeal Process

Students may appeal their satisfactory progress status by completing and submitting a written appeal form to the KCKCC Student Financial Aid Office. The appeal form is available at the KCKCC Student Financial Aid Office, Leavenworth Center, or Technical Education Center and is available on MyDotte. The Appeal form must be submitted with appropriate documentation and include an explanation of unusual circumstances which have affected the student’s academic performance. Additionally, the appeals process requires that the student schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to draw up a degree plan to be submitted with the appeal form.

Appeals must be submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office prior to the deadline date printed on the appeal form. Appeals are reviewed by the KCKCC Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Committee. If the appeal is approved, the student’s financial aid status will be changed to a “probation” status. Students on “probation” may receive federal student aid for their next enrollment period. The decision of the KCKCC Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Committee is final. If the appeal is denied, the student will remain ineligible for federal financial aid.

Financial Aid Probation

During a “Financial Aid Probation” semester, the student must comply with the specific terms and conditions that the KCKCC Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Committee mandated as a condition of an approved appeal. Federal aid may be received during this semester.

At the conclusion of a “probation” semester, the student must complete all enrolled credit hours with grades of “C” or better or be meeting the requirements of the student’s academic plan in order to qualify for further federal financial aid. Students meeting these standards will be placed on a “Financial Aid Warning” status and continue to be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

Students who do not meet standards during a “probation” semester will no longer be eligible to receive federal financial aid at KCKCC. An appeal will not be considered.

Contact Information

Mary Dorr - Director Financial Aid
913-288-xxxx

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