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Paying for College

At KCTCS, we believe no one should miss out on a college education because they think they can't afford it. That's why our colleges offer the lowest tuition in the state and three ways to pay:

  • Scholarships and Grantsfunds that you don't have to repay
  • Work-study: a program where you work (generally at the college) to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.
  • Loans: money that is lent to cover expenses, but MUST be repaid with interest. Keep in mind that you are responsible for repaying your student loans even if you don't graduate.

How do I sign up?

To receive financial aid, you'll need to start planning early and make sure all forms are turned in on time.

To help you get started, we've broken the process into three easy steps:


Step 1: Fill out a FAFSA

The first step in applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you'll hear it called FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed each year, and changes to the application are coming.

You'll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier than in the past. This chart should help you with the changes:

Attending College From Submit This FAFSA Submit Your FAFSA From Use Income & Tax Info From
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 2016-2017 January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017


July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 2017-2018 October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018


July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 2018-2019 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019


Gather these documents, and use them to fill out the free application here.

Step 2: Apply for Scholarships

Now that you've applied for Federal Financial Aid through the FAFSA, its not required, but its always a good idea to apply for additional scholarships that are offered through KCTCS, the state, and other agencies, and that don't have to be repaid.

Step 3: Check Your Status and Awards

Let's make sure you haven't missed anything. For some students additional paperwork is needed. Its important to visit your student self-service account and check your To-Do List to make sure you've got everything taken care of.

If there is nothing for you to do, you can use that page to review your awards. Just rememberthat if more documents are needed, you wont be eligible for federal aid until they are turned in and processed.

What happens if I get chosen for verification?