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COVID-19 and Financial Aid

As the University of Kansas continues to adjust to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we want to update you on how this impacts your KU financial aid and scholarships.

First and foremost, Financial Aid & Scholarships staff are here to help you and we are working diligently to ensure that you continue to receive the financial aid necessary to support your academic endeavors. Although we cannot meet with you in person, we are available virtually via email, phone, Zoom or Skype. Please reach out to your financial aid counselor with any financial aid questions you have or call us at 785-864-4700.

If you or your family have been financially impacted by COVID-19, you may consider requesting a special circumstances review. A review does not guarantee additional financial support, but does allow KU Financial Aid & Scholarships to consider any loss of wages or out of pocket expenses you or your family incurred in order to determine if you're eligible for additional financial aid.

With regards to how aid for this academic year (Spring and Summer 2020 terms) is impacted:

  • Online Instruction: Your financial aid will not change due to courses being taught online. As long as you remain enrolled and maintain your enrollment status, your aid will not be affected. If you are considering withdrawing from one or all of your classes, please contact your Financial Aid Counselor to discuss how that will impact your aid.
  • Federal Work-Study: Students who were working Federal Work-Study positions will continue to be paid based on their scheduled work hours. Please contact your supervisor for specific questions about how that will work.

For financial aid for the next academic year (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms):

  • As of today there are no changes to financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year. If you’ve been packaged with financial aid for 2020-2021, you can accept it in Enroll & Pay at any time. For assistance, see our guide on how to accept or decline financial aid.
  • Continue to complete necessary tasks such as filing the FAFSA, completing verification and other to-do items to ensure that your financial aid is ready to go for the fall. Check the Holds & To-Do’s tile in Enroll & Pay to see if you have any items you need to complete.
  • Fall 2020 freshmen should still submit their enrollment deposit by May 1, but we understand that you may need more time and that’s fine. Your admission to KU is secure and you can make the decision to attend when it works best for you and your family.

While we don’t plan on any additional changes, we continue to be flexible and we thank you for your patience as we adjust to the situation.

We hope to see everyone back on the Hill in the not-to-distant future.

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