Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid
To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must:
- File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov
(File your FAFSA and complete your KU financial aid file by March 1 to be considered for limited-fund programs).)
- Have a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) certificate.
(Exceptions apply, including completion of an approved home-school program or passing an ability-to-benefit test approved by the U.S. Department of Education).
- Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN).
- Register with the Selective Service, if required.
(Register online when you complete the FAFSA or call 847-688-6888.)
- MaintainSatisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
- Certify, by signing the FAFSA, that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
- Certify, by signing the FAFSA, that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
Each financial aid award program may have additional criteria.
Note: If you have been convicted of violating any federal or state drug possession or sale laws, determine your eligibility for federal student aid by completing the FAFSA Drug Conviction Worksheet - you may still be eligible to receive federal student aid. Even if you think you may be ineligible for federal student aid, you are encouraged to complete the FAFSA because you may be eligible for nonfederal aid.
Financial need determination
(determined by KU)
(determined by FAFSA)
Your eligibility for need-based programs is calculated by subtracting your EFC from your estimated COA. The resulting figure, financial need, is an estimate of the amount you need to pay for KU for the academic year.
Your estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a standardized estimate of what it will cost to attend KU for the academic year. The COA includes tuition and fees — resident or nonresident tuition and special fees for programs such as engineering, law, and pharmacy — room and board, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Your financial aid package cannot exceed your estimated COA.
For information about KU tuition and fees, including information about the Four-year Tuition Compact, go to tuition.ku.edu.
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an estimate of what your family might be able to contribute. The EFC is calculated from information you report on your FAFSA. Your EFC is printed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive after filing your FAFSA.
The formula is established by federal law and determines your eligibility for student aid programs.
If you feel that your current situation is not accurately reflected on your FAFSA, you may request a Special Circumstances Re-Evaluation. Special Situations page for more information.