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KU Edwards Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Partnership Scholarship


This policy describes the eligibility requirements and discounted tuition rate for the HLC Partnership Scholarship.

Applies to: 

High School instructors who teach dual enrollment College Now Johnson County Community College courses and who have not yet met the HLC requirement of completing a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which they are teaching.

Policy Statement: 

The HLC Partnership Scholarship was created as a temporary scholarship to help current high school dual enrollment instructors meet the HLC requirement of completing a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which they are teaching. The Edwards Campus provides these classes to approved recipients at a discounted rate of $155.50 per credit hour through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Given the temporary nature of this scholarship and the requirements laid out below, new applicants are not eligible to qualify for the scholarship. Existing recipients of the scholarship will be able to utilize the HLC Partnership Scholarship through the Summer 2021 semester, as along as the eligibility requirements are met.

HLC Partnership Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Teach Johnson County Community College dual enrollment College Now courses.
  • Have a completion plan on file with Johnson County Community College by 12/31/2017.
  • Must make yearly progress towards the 18 credit hour requirement beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Must be admitted to KU as a non-degree, degree-seeking or certificate-seeking graduate student prior to the beginning of the semester by contacting the HLC Partnership Liaison for specific graduate school application procedures (see Continuous Enrollment below).
  • Submit application for HLC Partnership Scholarship prior to the beginning of every semester.
  • Students must coordinate enrollment every semester with the HLC Partnership Liaison in order to confirm the course will count towards HLC requirements and to receive a permission code to enroll in the class. Failure to do so could result in forfeiting the scholarship or enrolling in courses that do not fulfill HLC requirements.
  • Students must qualify for the scholarship each semester before it is applied to their student account.
  • Students must enroll in a graduate level HLC Partnership designated course at the KU Edwards Campus. Contact the HLC Partnership Liaison for HLC Partnership designated courses.
  • The scholarship is only available for up to 18 credit hours of graduate courses. Any courses enrolled in beyond the 18 credit hours will not be eligible for the scholarship and will be charged full graduate tuition and fees.

Tuition Payment:

Scholarships will be issued to student accounts when the scholarship is approved. With bills being generated on the 20th of each month, student bills may not reflect the scholarship applied on the account until the next bill’s cycle, but it is important to pay your portion of the bill ($155.50 X credit hours) by the due date on the bill in order to avoid any late fees. All fees accrued as a result of late enrollment or late payment are the responsibility of the student.

Dropping Courses:

Students may drop one class during their participation in the HLC Partnership program without any negative implications. When dropping a class, students must follow all University policies and deadlines, in addition to consulting with the HLC Partnership Liaison prior to dropping.

If an individual utilizing the HLC Partnership Scholarship drops a second class during their participation in the program, he or she will no longer be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Continuous Enrollment:

The University of Kansas requires continuous enrollment in the fall and spring semesters in order to maintain an active enrollment status. The HLC Partnership does not require continuous enrollment to remain eligible for the scholarship, however if enrollment is not continuous, individuals must reapply as a non-degree seeking graduate student prior to all non-continuous semesters.

Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

The scholarship will not cover the cost of any late fees for late enrollment or late payment.

Late fees may be petitioned by completing the online Fee Petition form.


HLC Partnership Liaison


Approved by: 
Associate Vice Chancellor of the KU Edwards Campus
Approved on: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Effective on: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)

Dual enrollment: Courses taught to high school students for which the students receive both high school credit and college credit.

Dual credit; concurrent enrollment
Change History: 

05/11/2020: Added statement that " new applicants are not eligible to qualify for the scholarship." Added information that the discounted rate is provided to approved recipients through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Updated HLC Partnership Liaison email address.
09/04/2018: Policy reviewed and approved by the Edwards Campus Policy & Procedures Committee.

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