Financial Aid Process
How do I get started?
Entering college is a maze of important dates and new experiences. Kansas State University’s Office of Student Financial Assistance, or OSFA, is here to help you and your parents navigate this new journey. Let’s get started!
Dates and events
September and October: Apply for admission and scholarships
- New freshmen: The priority date for K-State scholarships is November 1. If students have already applied for admission to Kansas State University, but have not yet completed and submitted the K-State Scholarship application, it is available online
- Transfer students: Students who will start in the spring semester should apply for scholarships by November 1. Students who will start in the fall semester should apply for scholarships by February 1.
- Search and apply for private scholarships via your local high school guidance counselor or online
- Students can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, as early as October 1
November through February: Apply for federal financial aid and establish designated access
- All students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The K-State priority date to submit the FAFSA is March 1. K-State's federal school code is 001928.
- Additional information may be needed to continue processing your financial aid. Review the To Do List within the Student Center in KSIS
- Students may grant access to individuals, such as parents, to view their financial information on KSIS.
March and April: Accept financial aid and apply for state of Kansas scholarships
- Students receive financial aid award notifications by mail. Accept or decline the offered assistance in KSIS
- Kansas residents should apply for state of Kansas scholarships by the May 1 priority date
May: Complete all loan requirements
- If students accept a Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan and are a first-time borrower, complete a loan entrance counseling session and master promissory note.
- Parents who decide to borrow a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan must apply for the loan, undergo a credit evaluation, and complete a master promissory note
June: Report private scholarships and outside funding
- All students are asked to complete and submit a Private Scholarships Form to report private scholarships from sources other than Kansas State University. All scholarships reported should include the student’s full name and Wildcat Identification Number.
July: View your K-State bill and sign up for direct deposit of financial aid
- Students can view their K-State bill and anticipated financial aid through the Student Center in KSIS around mid-July.
- Students and/or parents may sign up for direct deposit and have any remaining financial aid directly deposited into a personal bank account.
August: Pay your K-State bill by the first day of the fall term
- Scholarships and/or financial aid are applied to students’ K-State bill before the fall academic term payment is due.
- Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance if expecting other scholarships or financial aid to arrive after the K-State bill payment due date.
- Students are encouraged to utilize remaining financial aid to purchase books and supplies as well as expenses incurred during the fall academic term.