Paying for College

UMKC’s Financial Aid and Scholarships Office helps secure automatic, competitive and need-based scholarships, as well as grants, work-study jobs, student loans and parent loans. More than three-quarters of the student body qualify for financial aid. The UMKC team can help you understand key application deadlines and how to fill out the forms.

Getting started early is important. Two basic steps will help determine if you’re eligible for a financial aid award:

  • Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February 1 priority deadline. Use the school code 002518 to send your FAFSA to UMKC.
  • Apply for and receive admission to UMKC. In order to be considered for automatic scholarships, submit a complete application by the deadlines.

Scholarships for New Students

If you’re a new student, you’ll automatically be eligible for renewable scholarships and awards if you meet specific academic criteria and apply by priority deadlines.

Current Student Scholarships

Current students can apply for general scholarships and competitive scholarships specific to their departments.

Osher Re-Entry Scholarship Program

This competitive program for undergraduate students is intended for those who experienced an interruption in their higher education of five years or more and who want to resume their studies. To learn more, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office.

Metro Rate

If you live in the Kansas counties of Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee or Wyandotte, you’ll automatically pay in-state tuition.

Midwest Student Exchange Program

If you live in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin, you may qualify for reduced tuition.

Omaha/Lincoln/Wichita/Chicago/Texas Scholarship

Students from these locations with at least a 23 ACT score or SAT equivalent or who rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class automatically qualify for a $1,000 award and in-state tuition.