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Military Service Scholarship


During the 2008 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 437 was approved and the Kansas Military Service Scholarship was enacted in a permanent statute. The previous Senate Bill 357, which originated the scholarship, was approved during the 2007 Omnibus Session in a legislative proviso; therefore it was only funded for one year. This scholarship will be available to students who meet specified criteria and will be for the payment of tuition and fees at the institution that they are attending. Eligible institutions include area vocational schools, area vocational-technical schools, community college, the municipal university, state educational institutions, and technical colleges.

Applies to: 

Kansas Residents

Policy Statement: 

The Military Service Scholarship shall be available to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from high school in Kansas, or received a general educational development (GED) credential, and has been a resident of Kansas for at least two years;
  • Has served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations for which the person received hostile fire pay for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries during such military service;
  • Has received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions (general) discharge from military service or is still in military service; and
  • Has provided copies of military discharge papers (DD-214 form) or active duty orders whichever such paper or order indicate the location of such person’s deployment and indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in any military operation for which the person received hostile fire pay.


Recipients must be enrolled either part-time or full-time, but need to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Recipients must remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward completion of the requirements of the education program in which they are enrolled. Priority in awarding scholarship is given to those students with the greatest financial need. Students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the information submitted to the school that they are attending, along with the scholarship application form. Any federal military tuition assistance that the student is receiving will be applied first toward the student’s tuition and fees and they will only be eligible for the remaining balance in scholarship assistance. Eligible students may be awarded a scholarship for not more than four academic years of undergraduate study. If the course of instruction requires a fifth year of undergraduate study, a scholarship may be awarded for the duration of the course of instruction. If a student is not enrolled on a full-time basis, a student shall complete the course of study within a reasonable time period based upon the number of hours enrolled in an academic period and computed as a fraction of the total number of credit hours required for full-time enrollment. Continued funding for this scholarship is subject to state appropriations.

A certification statement is sent to KU in the Fall and again in the Spring in order for student to be awarded the amount for tuition and fees for which they are eligible for each semester.

For application information see Related Documents section below.

May 1, 2018 is the priority deadline for applications.

LeAnn Ferguson
Financial Aid & Scholarships
KU Visitor Center


Approved by: 
Associate Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships
Approved on: 
Monday, August 1, 2011
Effective on: 
Monday, August 1, 2011
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Military Service Scholarship, Military scholarship, Military state scholarship
Change History: 
11/30/2017: Updated due dates and policy requirements.
08/12/2014: Reviewed and updated.
07/24/2013: Reviewed and updated.
08/07/2012: Reviewed and updated.
08/24/2011: Reviewed and updated.


Financial Categories: 
Student Financial Aid
Student Life Categories: 
Financial Assistance

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