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K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant

Dependents or spouses of eligible employees at Kansas State University may be eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant Program for courses taken at Kansas State University.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) encourages all applicants of this institutional financial aid program to carefully review the policy information provided here on a periodic basis.

Note: A good faith effort has been made in providing the most current information for this K-State Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant Program. Kansas State University reserves the right to make changes to this financial aid program at any time without obligation of notification.

Application information

To be considered for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant, applicants must complete and submit the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant Application to the OSFA. Applicants must complete the application, including the signature requirements. Applicants should carefully review the eligibility criteria presented below.

Note: The deadline to submit the application is the end of the academic term for which the application is being submitted (e.g. in the case of the application being submitted for fall/spring, the deadline would be the end of the fall academic term).

Employee Definition

An employee must carry a full time (0.9 FTE or above), benefits eligible, regular appointment with Kansas State University throughout the full academic year and is in one of the following categories:

  • Faculty member, which includes all individuals with academic rank as defined in the University Handbook.
  • Unclassified professional employee, which includes all individuals who do not hold academic rank and do not have a civil service classification.
  • Classified employee, which includes all individuals who have a State of Kansas Civil Service classification.

Regular appointments include all classified and unclassified appointments who are not designated as term. The University Handbook includes the following definition of a term appointment: "Normally, a term appointment is used only when the need or the funding for a position is finite and is for a specified term no longer than one year. A term appointment carries no expectation of continued employment beyond the period stated in the contract. Service on a term appointment is not credited toward tenure. The Standards for Notice of Non-Reappointment do not apply."

There is no service requirement for the employee to be eligible for this program.

Employees of affiliated organizations (e.g., Alumni Association, Athletics, Foundation, KSURF, Student Publications, Student Union, etc.) are not eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant Program.

Relationship of Recipient to Employee

Recipient must be listed by employee as his or her spouse or as a dependent (a natural, step, adopted, or foster child under the age of 25 years, and who is unmarried).

If both spouses are employees of the university, neither spouse is eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant. Affected employees are encouraged to apply for the existing K-State Employee Tuition Assistance program.

In the event where a student is a dependent of more than one eligible K-State employee, the maximum benefit will be premised on one parent only.

Program of Study and Enrollment Criteria for Dependents

The dependent of the employee must be admitted and enrolled at Kansas State University in a degree terminating undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine program of study for the academic term for which assistance from this program is sought. Nondegree programs of study are not eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant.

If the dependent's primary program of study is as an undergraduate, the dependent must meet a minimum enrollment status at Kansas State University of full time (12 credit hours) for the academic term of which assistance from this program is sought.

If the dependent's primary program of study is graduate or veterinary medicine, the dependent may be enrolled at Kansas State University at less than full-time enrollment status for the academic term of which assistance from this program is sought.

Program of Study and Enrollment Criteria for Spouses

The spouse of the employee must be admitted and enrolled at Kansas State University in a degree terminating undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine program of study for the academic term for which assistance from this program is sought. Non-degree programs of study are not eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant.

If the spouse's primary program of study is as an undergraduate, the spouse may be enrolled at Kansas State University at less than full time (less than 12 credit hours) or full time (minimum of 12 credit hours) for the academic term for which assistance from this program is sought. However, since the award amount is determined based on the spouse's enrollment status, please refer to the section "Award Amounts" regarding the details as to how the grant will be applied in the varying circumstances.

If the spouse's primary program of study is graduate or veterinary medicine, the spouse may be enrolled at Kansas State University at less than full-time for the academic term for which assistance from this program is sought. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

The dependent or spouse of the employee must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress within their respective degree programs as defined within the appropriate undergraduate graduate, or professional policy to be eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant program.

Award Amounts

For Dependents or Spouses that are enrolled full-time in a degree terminating undergraduate program, the award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 7 undergraduate course credits, where full-time for an undergraduate is defined as at least 12 enrolled credit hours per regular fall/spring term.

For Spouses that are enrolled part-time in a degree terminating undergraduate program the maximum award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 3 undergraduate course credits, where part-time for an undergraduate is defined as less than 12 enrolled credit hours per regular fall/spring term. (Enrollment of less than 3 credit hours, will result in the proration of the award i.e. 2 credit hours enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 2 credit hours  - or  - 1 credit hour enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 1 credit hour. )

Dependents that are enrolled less than full-time in an undergraduate program are not eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant.

For Dependents or Spouses that are enrolled in a degree terminating graduate or veterinary medicine program the maximum award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 3 course credit hours as indicated by the student’s degree program, graduate or veterinary medicine.  (Enrollment of less than 3 credit hours, will result in the proration of the award i.e. 2 credit hours enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 2 credit hours  - or  - 1 credit hour enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 1 credit hour.)

Awarding Guidelines

Awards will be premised on the in-state (resident), on-campus (non-distance education), tuition rate applicable to the fall/spring academic term. In determining the appropriate career (undergraduate, graduate, veterinary medicine ) tuition rate, our office will reference the student's primary, degree-seeking academic career as reflected in K-State's student information system (iSIS) for the fall and/or spring academic term(s).

All enrolled Kansas State University credit hours associated with an academic term will be counted in establishing a student’s enrollment status (full time, three-quarters time, one-half time, less than one-half time) for that academic term.

The K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant will only be awarded for fall and/or spring academic term(s). No K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant awards will be made for or premised on summer or intersession periods of enrollment.

If a dependent or spouse is enrolled in a combination of undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine course work for a given academic term, the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant will be premised on the student's primary program of study (undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine) as reflected in K-State's student information system (KSIS) for the respective academic term.

The K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant will be provided for no more than 8 academic terms for the recipient's academic endeavors at K-State, irrespective of the dollar amount awarded each academic term.

An otherwise eligible student will receive his or her calculated K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant for each eligible academic term provided the sum of the student's financial assistance, including the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant, does not exceed his or her cost of attendance.

2015-2016 K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant Application
2014-2015 K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant Application