How can I use my scholarship money?
When and how will I be notified if I am
selected as a scholarship recipient?
Kennesaw State University scholarships are awarded for educational expenses such as: tuition, fees, housing, books, supplies and
The Office of Scholarships will notify students by e-mail to their KSU student e-mail address if they were
selected as a scholarship recipient. Notifications of awards will be
sent beginning in May. However, some award notifications will continue to be sent as late as
August. Awards will also be listed on Owl Express.
How do I apply for KSU scholarships?
When can I expect to receive funds if I
am awarded a scholarship?
Financial aid is disbursed on the final payment deadline for each semester. Half of the funds are applied in fall and half in spring to your Higher One account. The HOPE Scholarship, Student Loans, Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and scholarship money are applied to institutional charges (tuition and fees) and any excess financial aid will be refunded to the student.
Can I apply for and receive a
scholarship in addition to the HOPE Scholarship?
I received a scholarship last year.
Must I reapply for the same scholarship or will it be renewed
If a scholarship is renewable, it will be noted in the criteria. Most scholarships require you to reapply each year.
Do I need to submit more than one application if there is more than one scholarship I may qualify for?
Only one application is required. Although some questions on the application are optional, it is strongly suggested that students fill out all questions in order to match as many scholarships as possible.
Do I have to be currently enrolled to
apply for a scholarship?
Not necessarily. Some scholarships are awarded to incoming students.
Who reviews my scholarship application
once I submit it?
Applications are reviewed by the committee responsible for awarding the
2Financial Aid Questions
What is a Need-Based Scholarship?
Applicants must demonstrate need to be considered for these
Need-Based Scholarships require that a student complete the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) to have their need determined by the Department of
Education (DOE). Need is determined by subtracting the Estimated Family
Contribution (EFC) from the Cost of Attendance (COA). COA - EFC = Need.
How is my financial need determined and
who is responsible for making that determination?
As noted in the question "What is a need based scholarship?" need is
determined by subtracting the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from
the Cost of Attendance (COA). The federal government determines your EFC
based on information obtained from your Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) and tax returns. The COA estimate includes tuition,
fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation and personal
expenses. COA figures are calculated by individual institutions and
approved by the Board of Regents.
When must I have my FAFSA filed?
Applicants must complete their FAFSA anytime after January 1 each year.
KSU recommend's applicants file as early as possible.
It is recommended and preferable that you
complete your tax returns prior to filing a Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) However, you do have the option of estimating your
information on the FAFSA. Please be advised that estimating your tax
information on the FAFSA can slow the process down and may result in
your file being chosen for verification.
Annual Scholarship Luncheon
Am I required to attend the annual Scholarship Luncheon held in the fall of each year?
Yes, if invited you will be required to attend the luncheon. Benefactors who attend the luncheon expect to meet the recipient of the scholarship they support. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to thank them in person and show your appreciation.
What are the criteria for full and
If I am graduating in fall can I receive the full amount of my scholarship award for fall?
- Full-time enrollment is 12 hours minimum undergraduate and 9 hours graduate
- Part-time enrollment is 6 hours minimum undergraduate and 5 hours graduate
If you are graduating in fall you may request the entire amount of your scholarship for fall no later than November 1st by submitting the following to our office:
- A short written request.
- A letter from the Registrar's Office stating that you have petitioned to graduate.
*Please note that all requests are subject to approval by donor and/or Committe.
2Community Service Opportunities
Many of our scholarships require community service.
Listed are a few of the volunteering opportunities available in the local area.
employees are eligible to apply for the KSU Staff Senate Annual Scholarship only as they can apply for tuition assistance (TAP). Contact Human Resources for more information.