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Financial Aid at KU

A graduate degree can lead to higher teacher salaries (an average of $7,000 higher a year) and greater job security,1 while also opening doors to a broader variety of roles within the field of education. Without question, graduate school is an investment in your future, especially a master's degree, graduate certificate or licensure endorsement from a highly ranked, well-regarded university like the University of Kansas.2 If the cost of your ideal program at KU is a concern, know that you may be eligible for financial aid to make graduate school more affordable for you.

We've compiled a series of videos to answer your questions about financial aid for our online programs and to walk you through the process of applying for financial aid at KU. You can also explore our videos about graduate loan options.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the KU Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at or 785-864-4700.

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How Financial Aid Works

  1. Complete your online application to KU and estimate your costs.
  2. Follow these steps to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA school code for KU is 001948, and the priority date to file the FAFSA is December 1.
  3. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  4. Accept or decline your financial aid award.
  5. Receive your financial aid.

Complete Your FAFSA

Financial Aid Options at KU

TEACH Grants

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants are available to KU School of Education students pursuing the following online master's degrees:*

  • Master's in reading education (reading specialist licensure track)

  • Master's in TESOL (teacher track)

  • Master's in high incidence disabilities (teacher track)

TEACH Grants, which may be worth up to $4,000, require completion of the FAFSA, an eligibility review by the KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and a commitment to at least four full academic years of service in a low-income area during the first eight years following your graduation from the program.

Request Eligibility Review

Tuition Assistance and Scholarships

In addition to grants and loans, you may be eligible for other forms of tuition assistance offered by the KU School of Education to help make graduate study affordable. These include scholarships, such as the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship.

Learn About Affordability

*Grant subject to approval and qualification. Total amount granted is not guaranteed. Not all programs may be covered, so please work with your financial aid representative to confirm eligibility. The amount of $4,000 is not guaranteed. All students are required to complete the TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling and TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve which can be found at If eligibility criteria are not maintained, grant will be converted into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan with interest accrued from the date of the grant’s disbursement.

Additional Financial Aid Availability

Graduate students may be eligible for grants, scholarships and loans; you can learn more about these options from this overview of graduate financial aid at KU. To be eligible for most financial aid, you must file the FAFSA. Discover KU Funding

Important Dates

Application Deadline

December 18
Spring 2021 Term

Next Start

January 11
Spring 2021 Term

Application Deadline

April 23
Summer 2021 Term


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