Adult Learner Scholarship FAQs

You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid forecaster: FAFSA4caster. You will need information regarding your family’s income and assets to complete the forecaster. If your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) on the forecaster is $12,000 or less, you are eligible to apply for KC Scholars.

You must live in the six eligible counties in order to receive the KC Scholars Adult Learner Scholarship.

The adult learner scholarship is up to $5,000 a year, renewable for up to 5 years. To remain eligible once enrolled in college, adult learners must meet minimum annual requirements and complete a short renewal application each year to determine continued eligibility. To remain eligible, adult learners must also maintain continuous enrollment, either full-time or part-time.

Each year, up to 200 adult learner scholarships will be awarded.

Applications will be reviewed, evaluated and scored to select up to 200 adult learners who will receive the scholarship.

Scholarships will be paid directly to one of the colleges and universities in our network where you are enrolled.

KC Scholars is targeted toward adults who have not yet returned to college. To be eligible, you must not have been enrolled in college in the 2016-2017 academic year. KC Scholars’ support organizations have other scholarship information for adult learners currently enrolled in college.

Yes, you can apply to KC Scholars if you meet all the minimum eligibility requirements, including having previously earned at least 12 college credits at an accredited, Title IV postsecondary institution. Your selected college or university will determine if your credits can transfer, but it is not required that your credits transfer to receive the scholarship.

Yes, we realize that most adults will be balancing a busy life. Recipients of the adult learner scholarship may go to college part-time.

KC Scholars is targeted toward adults who do not have any degree. KC Scholars’ support organizations have other scholarship information for adult learners who want to attain a higher degree.

Yes! We want to ensure you are successful going back to college and completing your degree. KC Scholars has partnered with a few support organizations and with 17 colleges and universities to provide assistance such as one-on-one and group advising, assistance with college admissions and scholarship applications, FAFSA completion assistance, and campus tours.

Yes. In order to receive the KC Scholars scholarship, you must plan to attend one of the 17 KC Scholars network of colleges and universities.

You must continuously attend college, either full-time or part-time, to remain eligible for KC Scholars. Continuous enrollment does not include summer, but it does include fall and spring semesters each academic year. KC Scholars’ staff will only consider an exception for an unavoidable and extenuating circumstance.

Yes, if the courses count toward a credit-bearing credential or degree and are offered by any of the 17 colleges and universities in the KC Scholars’ network.

The application opens on January 2, 2017.

The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.

Notifications to both recipients and non-recipients will be made in May 2017.

Click here for an application checklist (what you need to do and what materials you will need each step of the application process).

Click here to apply.

All questions should be directed to Please allow up to two business days for a reply.

Please review the Program Guidelines carefully for any additional questions.