Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Jayhawk Completion Grant?
The Jayhawk Completion Grant, managed through Undergraduate Studies, exists to provide financial assistance to students who are experiencing an educational financial obstacle that may be keeping them from graduating or enrolling in their final semester or academic year. If eligible, students can only receive this assistance once during their time at KU. This is not an emergency grant
; if you are in an emergency financial situation, please contact Student Affairs
or Financial Aid & Scholarships
How much funding can I apply for?
Students can generally request funding in amounts of $2000 or less. Funding may not always be available to cover your full request, however, the Financial Retention Coordinator will work to meet your needs as closely as possible.
What expenses will this grant cover?
- Past due tuition and fees
- Books & supplies (if purchased through the KU bookstore)
- Required technology for KU courses, such as software or a laptop (if purchased through the bookstore)
- Other outstanding balances to KU such as housing charges, parking permits, or health charges
- Any other educational expenses that currently exist on a student's KU account, excluding optional fees, parking tickets, or damage expense recoveries
- Expenses must currently exist on a student's KU bill; any awarded funds are applied directly to the charged expenses and must result in the student being able to enroll or graduate.
What are the eligibility requirements to receive this grant?
- Students should be considered undergraduate students pursuing their first Bachelor’s degree.
- Students should be within one year of graduating from their first Bachelor’s degree.
- Students should be in good academic standing with the University, maintaining a 2.0 GPA or above.
- Priority is given to students who are eligible for a federal Pell grant, or have a $7000 or less Estimated Family Contribution (EFC); the EFC is calculated by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Students must have exhausted all other financial aid options offered to them, including federal student loans.
- This does not include Parent PLUS loans or private loan options.
- The grant is to be used towards existing, past due expenses on the student's KU bill that is resulting in the inability of a student to enroll in a future term or graduate from KU.
- Because additional financial assistance to a student may impact current or future financial aid eligibility, the Financial Aid & Scholarships office will be consulted before any funds are dispersed.
- Graduate students, student athletes, and international students are exempt from receiving this funding. See questions below for information on assistance for graduate students, student athletes, and international students.
What if I don’t meet all the eligibility requirements, but still need assistance?
If you do not meet all of the eligibilty requirements for this grant, there may be other campus resources for you. Please contact the Financial Retention Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your situation. The Financial Retention Coordinator will work to connect you with other available resources if possible.
Are there additional requirements of me, outside of the application, that I will need to complete in order to receive this grant?
After submitting your application, the Financial Retention Coordinator will be in contact with you within 3-5 business days. It is possible that the Financial Retention Coordinator will request further information from you or ask you to complete additional steps before you cna be considered for funding. Additional requirements can include, but are not limited to: Answering additional questions, providing documentation for your expenses and/or situation, meeting with other offices or staff members to review financial resources, or seeking out other resources that may assist you in your situation. Additional requirements are assigned on a case by case basis and are intended to help you in your financial and educational journey at KU.
Graduate Students can find information on graduate funding resources on the Graduate Studies
website. Specific information regarding emergency funding for Graduate Students
is also available. If you have further questions regarding these resources, please contact Graduate Studies
for more information.
International students can find information on international scholarships and resources on the International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions
website. Specific information on planning for your finances as an international student is available on the International Student Services
website. If you have further questions regarding these resources, you can contact International Student Services
for more information.
Student athletes should contact Beth Swank
, the Assistant Athletics Director of Student Services.
How do I apply for the Jayhawk Completion Grant?
You can apply for the Jayhawk Completion Grant online at ku.academicworks.com
. See the "How do I log into AcademicWorks?" question below for further login instructions. After submitting your application, you will be contacted at your KU email address by the Financial Retention Coordinator within 3-5 business days.
Is there a deadline to apply?
No, there is no deadline to apply for the Jayhawk Completion Grant. However, we do encourage students who want to be considered for this funding to fill out an application as early as possible. Funding for this grant is limited. Once all funds have been exhausted, no other awards will be able to be made for the academic year.
How do I log into AcademicWorks (the application website)?
- Navigate to ku.academicworks.com and click the red "Sign-In" button at the top of the right-hand corner of the page.
- Under the "Applicants and Administrators" tab, click the "Sign In With Your KU Online ID" button and sign in with your KU Online ID and password on the following page. This is the same username and password that you use to sign into other KU systems.
- When logging in for the first time, you will be presented with a general application; this is not the Jayhawk Completion Grant application. Completing the general application is REQUIRED in order to apply to other opportunities on the website, including the Jayhawk Completion Grant. Make sure you click "Finish and Submit" after completing the general application.
- Once you have completed the general application, other opportunities will become available to you and will be listed under "Recommended Opportunities". If you are eligible to apply for the Jayhawk Completion Grant, you will see the Jayhawk Completion Grant application under "Recommended Opportunities". Click on the application, fill it out, and submit it.
I logged into the AcademicWorks website but I cannot find the application. Where is the application?
If you logged into the AcademicWorks website
, but cannot see the Jayhawk Completion Grant application, this means that you may not be eligible for the grant. This grant opportunity is for students who have maintained a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher and also are considered Seniors (students who have completed 90 or more credit hours). If you have earned 90 or more credit hours towards your first bachelor's degree at KU and you have a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher, but cannot see the application in AcademicWorks, please contact the Financial Retention Coordinator at email@example.com
with your situation.
- If you have not reached the 90 credit hour threshhold, but you believe that you are within one year of graduating from your first bachelor's degree, please contact the Financial Retention Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your situation.
- If you are not within one year of graduating from your first bachelor's degree, then you are not eligible to apply for this grant. If you would still like to discuss your situation, please contact the Financial Retention Coordinator at email@example.com.
Where can I find my KU Online ID?
Your KU Online ID is what you setup, along with your KU email, after you were admitted to the university. If you are unable to remember your KU Online ID and password, you can get help retrieving this information from KU IT Services
How do I know if I am awarded the grant?
After submitting your application, the Financial Retention Coordinator will contact you at your KU email address within 3-5 business days
. The email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Financial Retention Coordinator will inform you in this email whether or not you are eliigible for the grant, as well as if there are any additional steps you will need to take to receive funding. It is also possible that the Financial Rentetion Coordinator will reach out to you by phone on a case by case basis. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be awarded funding.
How long does it take for this grant to be awarded to me?
After submitting your application, the Financial Rentetion Coordinator will contact you at your KU email address within 3-5 business days
. The email will come from email@example.com
. If you are eligible and there are no additional steps required of you, you will be awarded the funds within 2 weeks
from being contacted. If there are additionals steps required of you to receive funding, the timing of your award will depend on when you are able to complete the additional steps. Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be awarded funding.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
You can contact the Financial Retention Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies by email at firstname.lastname@example.org