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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.

Financial aid for fall 2020 and spring 2021:

  • 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.
  • If you choose to time off from KU: :
    • If you choose to take a gap year and do not enroll in any college courses during the 2020-2021 academic year but you return to KU for fall 2021, you will be eligible to receive your freshmen scholarship.
    • If you're unable to attend KU for fall 2020 but plan to attend KU for spring 2021, you will be eligible to receive your freshmen scholarship regardless of whether you choose to enroll at another college/university in the fall. If you attend another institution (two or four-year) for fall 2020, you must earn at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA for the semester to receive your freshmen scholarship for spring.
    • If you have an assistantship or other departmental aid, you will need to check with the department to determine what options you have.
    • When you're ready to return to KU, you will need to be readmitted and if you attended another school you will need to provide transcripts showing you achieved a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Contact your financial aid counselor when you're ready to return and they can assist you.
    • If you previously used student loans and you do not enroll at least half-time, then your six-month grace period may begin or you may enter repayment if your six-month grace period has already lapsed. Your loan servicer can assist you with understanding your repayment options, your grace period, or other deferment options, please visit to find out who your loan servicer is.
  • If you plan to remain enrolled at KU, but will attend less than full-time, your financial aid eligibility may be impacted. Please contact your financial aid counselor and they can discuss any impact.

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.

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