FAFSA Challenge

The Kansas FAFSA Challenge is a NEW statewide FAFSA completion competition among Kansas high schools.  Schools will be grouped by size and recognized in two different categories, Highest Completion Rate & Most Improved Completion Rate.

Competition Structure

The Kansas FAFSA Challenge will be active from October 1, when the 2021-2022 FAFSA opens, until June 30.  We use senior class size data as reported to KSDE, and the completion numbers for this year and last are reported by FAFSA state-wide data.  The winning schools will be announced and recognized annually by both the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas State Board of Education at the joint September board meeting.

Track your progress with the Kansas FAFSA Tracker

The new Kansas FAFSA Tracker allows schools to see weekly updates of their FAFSA completion percentages.  This website just went live a couple of months ago, and it shows a calculated FAFSA percentage for every Kansas High School*.  The developers are working to create a leaderboard for each KSHSAA division so keep an eye out for that feature!  This is a great new tool for the 2021-2022 Kansas FAFSA Challenge. 

(*Schools will only show on the leaderboard if they have at least 1 FAFSA completion for this year.  Click the FAFSA state-wide data to see the most recent number of FAFSA completions for your school, if you do not see your school listed)   

Kansas FAFSA Tracker & Tips Webinar

Feb 2, 2022  10:00-11:00am 

Register Here

Learn more about the Kansas FAFSA Tracker & how to help more of your seniors complete their FAFSA this year.  (We'll post the webinar recording here if you can't attend the live version)

 

2021 Kansas FAFSA Challenge Winners & top 5 schools in each category

6A 

Highest Completion Rate      Most improved over last year  

*Shawnee Mission East HS

62%

 

*Dodge City High School

+31%

Blue Valley Northwest HS

60%

 

Manhattan HS West/East Campus

+17%

Manhattan HS West/East Campus

58%

 

Garden City High School

+13%

Blue Valley North HS

56%

 

Blue Valley North HS

+11%

Blue Valley West HS

56%

 

Liberal Senior High School

+9%

Olathe East High School

56%

 

   

 

5A

Highest Completion Rate          Most improved over last year  

*Sumner Academy of Arts & Science

70%

 

*Basehor-Linwood HS

+27%

St. James Academy

68%

 

Great Bend High School

+23%

Bishop Carroll Catholic HS

65%

 

Newton Senior High School

+21%

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

64%

 

Bonner Springs High School

+10%

Mill Valley High School

61%

 

Andover High School

+7%

Kapaun Mt Carmel Catholic HS

61%

 

   

4A

Highest Completion Rate        Most improved over last year  

*Hayden High School

75%

 

*Winfield High School

+36%

Bishop Miege High School

68%

 

Chanute High School

+22%

Clay Center Community HS

56%

 

Bishop Miege High School

+19%

Labette County High School

56%

 

Hayden High School

+17%

Eudora High School

55%

 

Abilene High School

+17%

Holton High School

55%

 

   

 

3A

Highest Completion Rate        Most improved over last year  

*Southeast Saline High School

84%

 

*Perry Lecompton High School

+76%

Hesston High School

78%

 

Fredonia Jr/Sr High School

+50%

Norton High School

73%

 

Hoisington High School

+38%

Caney Valley High School

71%

 

Baxter Springs High School

+31%

Fredonia Jr/Sr High School

70%

 

Lakin High School

+25%

Neodesha High School

70%

 

   

 

2A

Highest Completion Rate         Most improved over last year  

*Erie High School

78%

 

*Syracuse High School

+122%

Elkhart High School

77%

 

Maur Hill – Mount Academy

+56%

Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School

76%

 

Jefferson County North HS

+55%

Sterling Junior High/Senior High

75%

 

Bluestem Jr/Sr High School

+51%

Washington County High School

75%

 

Inman Jr/Sr High School

+46%

 

1A

Highest Completion Rate       Most improved over last year  

*Wheatland High School

100%

 

*Udall High School

+176%

*Kiowa County HS

100%

 

Skyline High School

+67%

Macksville High School

90%

 

Dexter High School

+53%

Axtell High School

89%

 

Axtell High School

+52%

Cheylin Jr/Sr High School

89%

 

Jackson Heights HS & MS

+47%

Virtual Schools & Academies

Highest Completion Rate          Most improved over last year  

*Northeast Magnet High School

53%

 

*Lawrence Virtual High School

+76%

Hope Street Charter Academy

47%

 

Kansas Connection Academy

+31%

Maize Virtual Preparatory Academy

46%

 

Andover Ecademy

+1%

Kansas Connection Academy

31%

 

   

21st Century Learning Academy/Kiowa County

27%

 

   

 

 A video with some of the 2021 Winners

Kansas FAFSA Stats

  • 389 high schools in Kansas
  • As of June 2021 our state wide FAFSA completion rate was 46.9% (national FAFSA tracker)
  • Our goal is to have all Kansas high schools move toward a FAFSA completion rate of 60% in the next 3 years

 

Let's reach for 60%!

There are 101 Kansas High Schools with a FAFSA Completion percentage above 60%.  Let's see how many more schools we can add to this list next year!

 

FAFSA Event Resources

One of the best ways to increase FAFSA completion rates and support your students and families in navigating the FAFSA is by holding a FAFSA completion event at your school.  Listed below are some lessons & resources you can share with your school community.  Everything you need to plan, experts to call, and steps to follow to host a FAFSA event for your students & parents.

Planning a FAFSA Completion Event 

FAFSA & Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA Website

FAFSA Completion Event Webinar Recording- January 21, 2021

 

If you are a high school or college counselor looking to help students enter or navigate postsecondary education, there are a number of resources available to you and your students. Explore some of the common options below.

Apply for College

Scholarship Opportunities
Learn more about the resources available to help high school students apply to colleges and universities in the state. The Board of Regents administers a number of state scholarships available to students at colleges and universities across Kansas. Explore some of the options available for your students.

Degree Options

Qualified Admissions

Kansas DegreeStats provides cost information for every degree at a public university or college in the state, along with the average earnings of graduates from those programs. Learn about the requirements for admission to state universities in Kansas, along with alternative admission options for Kansas residents.
Transfer Options 

Credit for Prior Learning

There are more than 100 courses that transfer across the 32 public colleges and universities in Kansas. Help your students explore those transfer options and discover their path to degree completion.  Students can earn credit at Kansas colleges and universities for demonstrating skills and knowledge equivalent to college-level learning. Options for earning this credit include AP, IB and CLEP exams, along with military experience.
FAFSA Completion Competition

Concurrent Enrollment

In partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Board of Regents will recognize high schools with the highest percentage of students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Concurrent enrollment partnerships (CEP) facilitate the teaching of college-level learning at high schools to help students get a head start on their college careers. Learn more about CEP between Kansas high schools and postsecondary institutions.

Ready to finish your Kansas State High School Diploma?  START NOW!

Are you 16 or older?

The GED® exam is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills in four subjects:  Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. Click here for more information on the Kansas GED!

Are you 21 or older?

The Kansas Pathway to Career High School Equivalency program was designed for the busy adult who has not completed their high school education nor is currently enrolled in a high school program. You can work toward your high school diploma as well as obtain a college certificate or credential. Click here for more information!

START NOW by contacting a Kansas adult education center near you or by calling 785-430-4289. 

 

If you are a high school or college counselor looking to help students enter or navigate postsecondary education, there are a number of resources available to you and your students. Explore some of the common options below.

Apply for College

Scholarship Opportunities
Learn more about the resources available to help high school students apply to colleges and universities in the state. The Board of Regents administers a number of state scholarships available to students at colleges and universities across Kansas. Explore some of the options available for your students.

Degree Options

Qualified Admissions

Kansas DegreeStats provides cost information for every degree at a public university or college in the state, along with the average earnings of graduates from those programs. Learn about the requirements for admission to state universities in Kansas, along with alternative admission options for Kansas residents.
Transfer Options 

Credit for Prior Learning

There are more than 100 courses that transfer across the 32 public colleges and universities in Kansas. Help your students explore those transfer options and discover their path to degree completion.  Students can earn credit at Kansas colleges and universities for demonstrating skills and knowledge equivalent to college-level learning. Options for earning this credit include AP, IB and CLEP exams, along with military experience.
Military and Veteran Resources

Concurrent Enrollment

Learn about the resources available to servicemembers and veterans, including alignment of military experience with credit for college courses, financial aid and residency information. Concurrent enrollment partnerships (CEP) facilitate the teaching of college-level learning at high schools to help students get a head start on their college careers. Learn more about CEP between Kansas high schools and postsecondary institutions.
Free Expression Residency Questions
The Kansas Board of Regents is committed to protecting the rights of students to exercise their First Amendment rights.  These Frequently Asked Questions may help students determine if they qualify for in-state tuition at a state university.
Student Health Insurance Kansas High School Diploma
State university students may choose to purchase health insurance through the Board's student health insurance plan. Kansas offers multiple paths to earning high school equivalency, including the GED and the Kansas Pathway to Career High School Equivalency. Learn more about these pathways and eligibility.
State University Student Complaints  
State university students who have exhausted all available institutional grievance processes may make a complaint to the Board office, in writing.   

The Kansas Promise Scholarship Act provides service scholarships for students to attend an “eligible postsecondary educational institution” in specified programs.

The Kansas Board of Regents held a webinar on May 20 to discuss the implementation of the Promise Act and gather questions from eligible institutions. The questions will be used to develop an FAQ that will be available here.

Kansas Promise Scholarship Information and Application (updated 7/20/21)

Promise Act Informational Sheet  (updated 6/9/21)

Kansas Promise Scholarship Act FAQ (updated 8/3/21)

 

June 17, 2021 Promise Act Webinar 

 Previous Webinars

 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Students

For students to be eligible for a service scholarship, they must:

  • Be a Kansas resident; AND
  • Have graduated from a secondary school within the preceding 12 months or have attended a secondary school and obtained an equivalent credential within the preceding 12 months; OR
  • Be 21 years of age or older and a Kansas resident for the preceding three consecutive years; OR
  • Be a dependent child of a military servicemember permanently stationed in another state and who, within the preceding 12 months, graduated from any out-of-state secondary school or obtained a high school equivalency.

Students must:

  • Complete the required scholarship application;
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid;
  • Enter into a Kansas promise scholarship agreement; and enroll in, and complete within 30 months of first being awarded a Kansas Promise scholarship, an eligible program at an eligible institution.

The bill permits students to enroll on a part-time or full-time basis, but students must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the promise-eligible program and complete the program within 30 months from the first award.  Upon completion of the program, students must reside and work in Kansas for a minimum of two consecutive years or enroll in a Kansas institution of higher education and subsequently reside and work in Kansas for a minimum of two consecutive years.

Students satisfy the requirements of the scholarship agreement if they

  • Satisfy all the requirements of the Kansas promise scholarship agreement;
  • Commence service as a military servicemember after receiving the scholarship;
  • Are determined by the Board of Regents to have “made the best possible effort to do so;” OR
  • Are unable to satisfy the requirements due to disability or death of the recipient.

If any condition of the agreement is not met and the student is not found to otherwise have satisfied the requirements in accordance with the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act, the student must repay the scholarship plus accrued interest (at the federal PLUS program interest rate) within six months after failure to satisfy the agreement.  Causes for repayment would include if a student changes enrollment to an in-eligible program.  The bill allows for installment payments on the indebtedness, and the Board of Regents is authorized to transfer repayment accounts to a loan servicer or collections agency.  Requirements may be postponed by the Board of Regents for “good cause.”

Promise Scholarship Eligible Programs

Each Eligible Program must be in one of the four fields of study

  • Information technology and security;
  • Mental and physical healthcare;
  • Advanced manufacturing and building trades;
  • Early childhood education and development; OR
  • One additional program designated by the institution and identified as Eligible by the Board of Regents, if the additional program is a two-year associate degree program or a CTE certificate or stand-alone program that corresponds to a high wage, high demand or critical need occupation. 

List of approved programs by Institution

If an additional program is designated by an institution, the program must be kept in place for at least three years, at which time a new program may be selected, as long as it corresponds to a high wage, high demand or critical need occupation.

Institutions

Eligible institutions must have at least one existing eligible program to be considered eligible and include:

  • Public community colleges;
  • Public technical colleges;
  • Washburn Institute of Technology; and
  • Private, not-for-profit institutions that offer eligible programs (this reportedly includes Donnelly College, Hesston College and University of Saint Mary).

Institutions will be charged with making individual awards to eligible students (including verification of students’ eligibility), entering into a Promise scholarship service agreement with each student awarded a scholarship, creating and maintaining student-level records as required by the Board of Regents to document satisfaction of the bill’s requirements; and

Institutions shall credit their Promise scholarship funds to the award recipients’ accounts to pay the appropriate amount of tuition, required fees, books and required materials for the Program in which the student enrolls.

Scholarships

Within certain income guidelines, students may receive a scholarship in the amount of

  • Aggregate amount of tuition, required fees, books, and required materials
  • Less all other aid, grants, scholarships or financial assistance awards that do not require repayment.

For eligible students attending a four-year eligible postsecondary institution, the scholarship award is limited to the average cost of what is charged by a two-year eligible public institution offering the same program. 

Scholarships are to be prioritized according to applicants’ annual household income:

  • $100,000 or less for a family of two;
  • $150,000 or less for a family of three; and
  • $150,000 + $4,800 per additional family member beyond three.

If funds remain after awarding eligible applicants, other students with greater household income may become eligible.

Responsibilities of the Kansas Board of Regents include

  • Adopting rules and regulations by March 1, 2022;
  • Identifying eligible programs;
  • Developing institutional award amounts based on student credit hour production in eligible programs;
  • Creating a statewide application form;
  • Creating a statewide service scholarship agreement form;
  • Developing grant agreements between the Board of Regents and the participating eligible institutions to clarify institutions’ responsibilities for marketing the scholarship to local community partners, providing for application denial appeals, and providing for repayment, and
  • Evaluate the program each year in January.

The Kansas Board of Regents has received a $10 million appropriation for FY 2022 and FY 2023.  Beginning in FY 2024, subsequent appropriations could not exceed 150% of the preceding year’s expenditures.  For purposes of planning for administration of this program, it is assumed that the entire appropriation is to be used for student awards. Marketing of the program and processing of individual student awards will be best accomplished with Board coordination and handled at the local level.