Kansas FAFSA Challenge

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. 

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


Highest Completion Rate      Most improved over last year  

*Shawnee Mission East HS



*Dodge City High School


Blue Valley Northwest HS



Manhattan HS West/East Campus


Manhattan HS West/East Campus



Garden City High School


Blue Valley North HS



Blue Valley North HS


Blue Valley West HS



Liberal Senior High School


Olathe East High School






Highest Completion Rate          Most improved over last year  

*Sumner Academy of Arts & Science



*Basehor-Linwood HS


St. James Academy



Great Bend High School


Bishop Carroll Catholic HS



Newton Senior High School


St. Thomas Aquinas High School



Bonner Springs High School


Mill Valley High School



Andover High School


Kapaun Mt Carmel Catholic HS





Highest Completion Rate        Most improved over last year  

*Hayden High School



*Winfield High School


Bishop Miege High School



Chanute High School


Clay Center Community HS



Bishop Miege High School


Labette County High School



Hayden High School


Eudora High School



Abilene High School


Holton High School






Highest Completion Rate        Most improved over last year  

*Southeast Saline High School



*Perry Lecompton High School


Hesston High School



Fredonia Jr/Sr High School


Norton High School



Hoisington High School


Caney Valley High School



Baxter Springs High School


Fredonia Jr/Sr High School



Lakin High School


Neodesha High School






Highest Completion Rate         Most improved over last year  

*Erie High School



*Syracuse High School


Elkhart High School



Maur Hill – Mount Academy


Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School



Jefferson County North HS


Sterling Junior High/Senior High



Bluestem Jr/Sr High School


Washington County High School



Inman Jr/Sr High School




Highest Completion Rate       Most improved over last year  

*Wheatland High School



*Udall High School


*Kiowa County HS



Skyline High School


Macksville High School



Dexter High School


Axtell High School



Axtell High School


Cheylin Jr/Sr High School



Jackson Heights HS & MS


Virtual Schools & Academies

Highest Completion Rate          Most improved over last year  

*Northeast Magnet High School



*Lawrence Virtual High School


Hope Street Charter Academy



Kansas Connection Academy


Maize Virtual Preparatory Academy



Andover Ecademy


Kansas Connection Academy




21st Century Learning Academy/Kiowa County




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.

 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

Kansas Pathway to Career High School Equivalency

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. 

Open Education Network Stipend Participant Guidelines

These guidelines will help participants complete the Open Education Network Stipend payment request form for participating in the Center for Open Education Open Textbook Library review.

Participants shall perform and submit a written review of a book contained in the Open Textbook Library (OTL) in accordance with the terms of the agency’s membership agreement to the Center for Open Education, before submitting the online claim form for payment.

Please carefully read the following before submitting the online form:

1. Submission of this form certifies I have already completed and uploaded a written review of a book contained in the Open Textbook Library (OTL). I have submitted that review online through the process outlined to me following the faculty workshop. KBOR staff will confirm that the text review has been submitted for you to receive payment.

2. Complete ALL fields online. Your submission verifies that the claim and information provided is correct and the amount claimed is due according to the law. Claim form must be submitted within 10 days of textbook review deadline.

3. Faculty members employed at one of our six KBOR Universities will receive their stipend payment through the university payroll system. Faculty members employed at all of the other system institutions will receive the payment directly to the address you provide. For those system employees, Board Finance Office may require submission of a current W-9 to facilitate payment processing. When a W-9 is required, Finance staff will email the claimant directly and request the return of a completed W-9 form via secure email. The email will be encrypted and the W-9 form shall be submitted via reply to the secure email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Promise Act Scholarship

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.


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.


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.


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.

Tilford Talks

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  • Tilford Talks with Mr. Riccardo Harris and Dr. Kevin Harrison, sponsored by Textron AviationIn celebration of both the legacy of Dr. Michael P. Tilford and that of Black History Month, the Wichita State University's Presidents Diversity Council will be hosting "Tilford Talks" on the final two Fridays of February (19th and 26th) from 1pm to 3pm. These will be hosted by Mr. Riccardo Harris and Dr. Kevin Harrison. In the spirit of traditional Tilford initiatives, will hold true to the mission of inspiring and promoting equity awareness at Wichita State, while also exploring the challenges to educating diverse student populations. However, "Tilford Talks" will explore these important values through lenses that are more abstract than what we are traditionally accustomed to. In ongoing efforts to bridge gaps between the community and the university, these conversations will look at areas that take for granted the responsibility of the entire community in properly educating students of color. While these areas are far too vast to list, we have chosen the areas of spirituality and law enforcement for this years conversations.
  • Friday, February 19, 2021 1:00-3:00pm CST: The Role of the Black Church in Socializing African American Students for School Success. Discussion on the role that spirituality and religion has had in helping students of color become successful in K-12 and secondary, as well as areas of opportunity. Featured panelist will include Dr. Gayln Vesey and Pastor Lincoln E. Montgomery and First Lady Annie K. Montgomery.
  • Friday, February 26, 2021 1:00-3:00pm CST: Discussion on how some groups feel threatened and even traumatized by law enforcement. How can institutions and law enforcement work together to lessen these disparities? How are these disparities impacting the process of educating students of color? What role does research play in changing the narrative so that students of color are empowered by institutions of higher learning rather than subjugated? Featured panelist include  Dr. Michael Birzer, Chief Gordon Ramsay, Chief Rodney Clark and Captain Wendel Nicholson.
  • Coffee & Convo with WSU VP and CDO, Dr. Marche' Fleming-Randle, sponsored by Textron Aviation: Coffee & Convo, sponsored by Textron Aviation is a 60 minute virtual open forum with Wichita State University 's Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Chair of the Presidents Diversity Council, addressing factual and relevant issues that deal with current events in America, WSU and the Wichita community. Attendees are encouraged to join with an open mind and the ability to listen to opinions of diverse backgrounds.
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:30-1:30pm CST