Wichita State offers financial assistance through scholarships, federal and state supported programs, and employment. Students interested in any type of financial assistance should contact the Office of Financial Aid, 203 Jardine Hall, or visit the Office of Financial Aid website (http://wichita.edu/financialaid) to review the types of opportunities for which they might qualify.
Wichita State has been fortunate to receive donations from past graduates, faculty, friends and administrators of the university who wish to assist future graduates in financing their years at Wichita State. Scholarships are funded through the proceeds of the gifts from these individuals and play a vital role in the university’s attempt to meet the needs of students requiring financial assistance.
Endowed scholarships are funded from earnings on donor endowment funds through the Wichita State University Foundation. The principal of these funds is never expended, therefore scholarship funding is available in perpetuity.
Current scholarship dollars are contributed annually by donors. Funds to support these scholarships come from annual gifts.
Institutional scholarships also come from other sources including academic colleges, departments, organizations and county mill levy funds.
For information on requirements and deadlines for WSU scholarships, visit WSU's scholarships webpage (http://wichita.edu/scholarships).
Federal Grants and Loans
Students may receive assistance through several federal programs: Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Pell Grants, TEACH Grants, subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and parental loans for dependent undergraduate students. Federal financial aid is awarded based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
State Scholarships and Grants
The following scholarships are available through the Kansas Board of Regents: Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship, Kansas Military Service Scholarship, Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance, Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship, Kansas State Scholarship, or the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship. Students can learn details about the programs and application process at the Kansas Board of Regents website under Student Financial Aid (http://kansasregents.org/students).
A Kansas Comprehensive Grant is awarded to full-time undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority for the limited funding is given to residents of Kansas who meet the state of Kansas priority date for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Funds are awarded to eligible applicants in date order until available annual funding is fully committed.
Students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours may be eligible for part-time employment at the university. Federal work-study employment is based on demonstrated financial need. For information about student employment visit the Career Development Center's website (http://wichita.edu/career).
Withdrawal and Financial Aid
A student’s eligibility for financial aid is based on enrollment. The Higher Education Act outlines rules which govern the return of Title IV federal financial aid funds disbursed to a student who does not complete all of the days in a payment period or a period of enrollment they were scheduled to complete.
These rules assume that a student earns his or her aid based on the time the student remains enrolled in academically related activities; unearned aid, other than federal work-study, must be returned. Unearned aid is the amount of financial aid received that exceeds the amount the student has earned.
During the first 60 percent of the enrollment period, a student earns aid in direct proportion to the length of time he or she remains enrolled and participating in academically related activity.
Financial Aid Repayments
A reduction in hours may require repayment of financial aid received. Students should discuss possible reductions in class hours with the WSU Office of Financial Aid prior to finalizing a drop in hours. Students will be advised about how the drop may impact their current and future financial aid.