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Affording your degree is possible.

A degree from the KU School of Education will be one of the best investments you can make in yourself.  Let us help you afford it.  We are all committed to supporting your academic goals. Financing a graduate degree in education can be a challenge, but we are here to serve you in various ways. As a student at the KU School of Education, you may be eligible for many types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, fellowships, loans, graduate assistantships, and sponsorship opportunities. Use the resources below to learn more:

Scholarships For Students Enrolled at KU

As a student enrolled at the KU School of Education, you are eligible to apply and be awarded on a competitive basis.All types of students are eligible, including master’s level graduate students.  In addition to the scholarships available just to you as a student with the KU School of Education, the following offices provide additional funding that you may be eligible for as well:

KU Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
KU Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC)
KU Graduate Studies
KU Alumni Association

Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program

In an ever-changing world, educators must stay current with effective teaching practices to ensure their students receive the best education possible. In an effort to help reduce your cost for graduate education, the KU School of Education has initiated a sponsorship program for any Kansas PK-12 educator in a public or private building/district.

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

This service obligation scholarship program provides financial assistance to both students pursuing bachelor’s degree programs and currently licensed teachers pursuing endorsement in hard-to-fill  disciplines or master’s degrees in hard-to-fill disciplines or either group planning to teach in an underserved geographic area in Kansas.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness & Cancellation Program

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. If you have a loan from the Federal Perkins Loan Program you might be eligible for loan cancellation for full-time teaching at a low-income school, or for teaching in certain subject areas. 

Work-Study Opportunities at KU

Generally, Work-Study opportunities may help you avoid excessive debt while attending KU because you earn as you learn. It may also provide you with additional preparation for your post-graduation job search since many Work-Study jobs are in career-related areas and/or offer you more responsibility each year you work.

Graduate Assistantships at KU

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) serve to fill a vital role in KU’s graduate research agenda.  As a GTA or GRA, you are eligible for benefits, including tuition and health insurance benefits.

Student Loans 

Financial aid is funding provided by various agencies to help students meet the costs of attending college.  Student loans are considered financial aid because of the special interest rates, with some being subsidized by the federal government.  Repayment of most student loans does not begun until after graduation.

Grants at KU

Grants and scholarships are often called “gift aid” because they are monies that do not have to be repaid.  Grants are often need-based, and can come from the federal government, the state of Kansas, the university and other organizations.

International Student Scholarships

The mission of International Programs Office at the University of Kansas is to promote, integrate and support international and global initiatives throughout KU’s research, teaching and service endeavors. As a means to engage students from all across the world, various academic scholarships and other funding opportunities are available for those who qualify.  

Other Funding Opportunities at KU


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10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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