Types of Aid

Grants

Grants are commonly referred to as "gift aid", as these are free funds that generally do not have to be repaid. Grants may be available for students who demonstrate financial-need, as determined by FAFSA. Review the grants listed below for more information on the qualifying criteria, application process, enrollment requirements, etc.

Federal Pell Grant

The federal Pell Grant is a need-based program for undergraduate students who have not earned a first Bachelor’s degree. The federal Pell Grant is free "gift aid" that does not have to be repaid.

Award amounts may vary each academic year. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Pell Grant ranges from $583 to $5,815. A student's Pell grant eligibility is determined by their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number from the FAFSA, as well as their enrollment status. Financial aid award offers that include the federal Pell Grant will reflect the maximum amount the student can receive for the academic year based on their EFC from FAFSA. To receive the maximum amount reflected, students must enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours). If the student enrolls less than full-time, the Pell grant will be prorated based on their enrollment level.

The federal Pell Grant will adjust to enrollment up to the last day to withdraw with a 100% refund. After that point, a student's enrollment and federal Pell Grant eligibility is frozen and will not adjust with changes in enrollment for the semester, with one exception. Per federal regulations, students that receive federal grant aid, such as the federal Pell Grant, must demonstrate academic participation in each class for which they received payment of these funds. If a student withdraws or fails a class and did not demonstrate academic participation, all or a portion of the federal Pell Grant may be returned. Click here for more information regarding academic participation.

Effective July 1, 2012, students are limited to 600% lifetime eligibility of the federal Pell Grant. This limit equates to a maximum of 12 full-time semesters (roughly 6 years) or its less than full-time equivalent.

To maintain eligibility for the federal Pell Grant, students must:

  • Submit a FAFSA
  • Have an EFC in the Pell eligible range, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled in a degree-bound program
  • Have not earned a Bachelor's degree
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not be in default on any federal student aid

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a need-based grant program for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who have not earned a first Bachelor’s degree. The SEOG program gives priority to students that have a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number, as determined by FAFSA. This grant is free "gift aid" that does not have to be repaid.

Funding for the SEOG program is limited. Thus, students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA by Washburn University's November 15th priority date (beginning with the 2017-2018 award year).

Awards range from $200 to $800 for the academic year based on enrollment status. Financial aid award offers that include SEOG will reflect the maximum amount the student can receive for the academic year. To receive the maximum amount reflected, students must enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours). If the student enrolls less than full-time, SEOG will be prorated based on their enrollment level.

SEOG will adjust to enrollment up to the last day to withdraw with a 100% refund. After that point, a student's enrollment and SEOG eligibility is frozen and will not adjust with changes in enrollment for the semester, with one exception. Per federal regulations, students that receive federal grant aid, such as SEOG, must demonstrate academic participation in each class for which they received payment of these funds. If a student withdraws or fails a class and did not demonstrate academic participation, all or a portion of the SEOG may be returned. Click here for more information regarding academic participation.

To maintain eligibility for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, students must:

  • Submit a FAFSA by the November 15th priority date (as a reminder, funding for SEOG is limited and cannot be guaranteed from year to year)
  • Have an EFC in the Pell eligible range, as determined by the FAFSA (note: priority is given to students with a 0 EFC)
  • Have not exceeded 600% of the Pell lifetime eligibility limit
  • Be enrolled in a degree-bound program
  • Have not earned a Bachelor's degree
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not be in default on any federal student aid

Kansas Comprehensive Grant (KCG)

The Kansas Comprehensive Grant (KCG) is a need-based program available to undergraduate Kansas residents working on their first Bachelor's degree. This grant is free "gift aid" that does not have to be repaid.

Funding for the KCG program is limited. Thus, students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA by Washburn University's November 15th priority date (beginning with the 2017-2018 award year).

Awards are generally $800 for the academic year and require full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours). Students must be enrolled full-time by the last day to drop with a 100% refund.

To maintain eligibility for the Kansas Comprehensive Grant, students must:

  • Submit a FAFSA by the November 15th priority date (as a reminder, funding for KCG is limited and cannot be guaranteed from year to year)
  • Have an EFC below 5,000
  • Have not exceeded 600% of the Pell lifetime eligibility limit
  • Be enrolled in a degree-bound program
  • Have not earned a Bachelor's degree
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not be in default on any federal student aid

Federal TEACH Grant

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per academic year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

To receive the TEACH Grant, students must sign a service obligation and agree to teach for at least four complete academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study (or ceasing enrollment) for which they received a TEACH Grant. Failure to comply with the service obligation will result in the TEACH Grant being converted into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, which will require repayment, including interest accrued from the date the grant(s) disbursed.

If, after reading all of the information provided below, you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, contact the Financial Aid Office at (785) 670-1151.

Complete the FAFSA

To apply for grants, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)and utilize Washburn University's school code of 001949.

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