Kansas Promise Scholarship

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The Kansas Promise Scholarship was created during the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session to assist students attending Kansas community colleges, technical colleges, Washburn Institute of Technology, and certain private postsecondary educational institutions and enrolled in specified programs of study, generally in the fields of (1) information technology and security, (2) mental and physical health care, (3) advanced manufacturing and building trades, or (4) early childhood education and development. This scholarship may be used toward tuition, required fees, books, and required program materials. Manhattan Tech will determine the amount of your Promise Scholarship award based on information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with other financial aid that you may be receiving.

Promise Act Informational Sheet (updated 6/9/21)

Kansas Promise Scholarship Information and Application (updated 7/20/21)

 

For students to be eligible for a service scholarship, they must:

  • Be a Kansas resident; AND
  • Have graduated from a secondary school within the preceding 12 months or have attended a secondary school and obtained an equivalent credential within the preceding 12 months; OR
  • Be 21 years of age or older and a Kansas resident for the preceding three consecutive years; OR
  • Be a dependent child of a military servicemember permanently stationed in another state and who, within the preceding 12 months, graduated from any out-of-state secondary school or obtained a high school equivalency.

Students must:

  • Complete the required scholarship application;
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid;
  • Enter into a Kansas promise scholarship agreement; and enroll in, and complete within 30 months of first being awarded a Kansas Promise scholarship, an eligible program at an eligible institution.

The bill permits students to enroll on a part-time or full-time basis, but students must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the promise-eligible program and complete the program within 30 months from the first award.  Upon completion of the program, students must reside and work in Kansas for a minimum of two consecutive years or enroll in a Kansas institution of higher education and subsequently reside and work in Kansas for a minimum of two consecutive years.

Students satisfy the requirements of the scholarship agreement if they:

  • Satisfy all the requirements of the Kansas promise scholarship agreement;
  • Commence service as a military servicemember after receiving the scholarship;
  • Are determined by the Board of Regents to have “made the best possible effort to do so;” OR
  • Are unable to satisfy the requirements due to disability or death of the recipient.

If any condition of the agreement is not met and the student is not found to otherwise have satisfied the requirements in accordance with the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act, the student must repay the scholarship plus accrued interest (at the federal PLUS program interest rate) within six months after failing to satisfy the agreement.  Causes for repayment would include if a student changes enrollment to an ineligible program.  The bill allows for installment payments on the indebtedness, and the Board of Regents is authorized to transfer repayment accounts to a loan servicer or collections agency.  Requirements may be postponed by the Board of Regents for “good cause.”

It is very important to understand that by accepting a Kansas Promise Scholarship you will be signing an
Agreement that you will live and work in the State of Kansas for two consecutive years following the
successful completion of your program of study. Failure to do so will result in your having to repay the
amount of the scholarship assistance that you received plus interest. The interest is at the current rate
of interest of the federal PLUS loan (Parent Loan) at the time that you are awarded the scholarship. The
PLUS interest rate is 6.284% beginning July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

If your program of study continues beyond one year, you will need to complete a Kansas Promise
Scholarship Renewal Application to continue to be eligible for funding.

Promise Act Scholarship Eligible Programs - must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (updated 6/30/21)
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Associate Degree Nursing
Certified Nurse Assistant
Construction Technology
Critical Environments Technologies
Electric Power and Distribution
Emergency Medical Technician
Information and Network Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medication Aide
Phlebotomy
Practical Nursing
Welding Technology

 

Within certain income guidelines, students may receive a scholarship in the amount of:

  • The aggregate amount of tuition, required fees, books, and required materials
  • Less all other aid, grants, scholarships or financial assistance awards that do not require repayment.

Scholarships are to be prioritized according to applicants’ annual household income:

  • $100,000 or less for a family of two;
  • $150,000 or less for a family of three; and
  • $150,000 + $4,800 per additional family member beyond three.

If funds remain after awarding eligible applicants, other students with greater household income may become eligible.