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Cost of Attendance (Budget) Adjustments

All KU students have an estimated cost of attendance, or a budget, and KU Financial Aid & Scholarships staff cannot award financial aid in excess of that amount. However there are some scenarios where we are able to adjust the cost of attendance so that additional financial aid can be awarded. Adjustments to Cost of Attendance do not guarantee additional financial aid will be awarded. If you have increased costs based on one or more of the following types of non-discretionary expenses, adjustment of your cost of attendance for the academic year may be possible.

  • Medical/dental/disability expenses for the student
  • Childcare expenses
  • Computer
  • Additional required educational expenses
  • Additional transportation expenses
  • Excess housing costs and/or food and shelter for dependents
  • Other

If you would like to request a budget adjustment, log in to and click the Request button. Budget adjustment requests are evaluated only after the original FAFSA and all supporting documents have been reviewed. It may take 2-3 weeks to evaluate your request.

If your request results in increased eligibility for aid, you may receive additional assistance if funds are available. However, if the documentation you submit results in reduced eligibility for financial aid, you may be required to repay aid and/or previously awarded aid may be canceled or reduced.

Federal Direct loans amounts are limited by federal regulation. However, additional aid options may come in the form of a Parent PLUS loan (undergraduate dependent students only), a Graduate PLUS loan (graduate students only) or a private/alternative loan such as the KU Endowment Association loan.

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