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Types of Financial Aid

We believe students from all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to attend the Kennesaw State University. Whether you attend our Kennesaw or Marietta campuses, you’re in the right place to explore the many scholarship, grant, loan and work-study opportunities available that help make paying for college as affordable as possible.

Federal Student Loans and Grants

The U.S. Federal Government has many financial aid options to help offset the cost of an education. If you apply for financial aid, you may be offered loans as part of your school’s financial aid offer. A loan is money you borrow and must pay back with interest. Students seeking financial aid should apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines eligibility for all Federal Aid, including (but not limited to):

  • The Federal PELL Grant: Grant available to low-income undergraduate students. Financial need is determined by infomation entered on the FAFSA.
  • Federal TEACH Grant: Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. The annual amount is subject to change based on potential federal reductions in spending. More information is available on the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant website.
  • Direct Parent Loans: The parents of an undergraduate dependent student may apply for this type of Federal loan to assist with education costs.
  • Direct Student Loans: An undergraduate student may apply for a Federal subsidized and/or unsubsidized student loan to assist with education costs. Financial need is determined by the information entered on the FAFSA.
  • Federal Work Study: Federal Work Study programs exist for students with a financial need. Student financial need is determined by the information entered on the FAFSA.

State Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships in Georgia

The State of Georgia has several financial assistance programs available to Georgia residents. A student must meet state eligibility requirements to receive state aid. For more information please visit the Georgia Futures- Hope and State Aid Programs website.

Scholarships in Georgia include (but are not limited to):

  • HOPE GED Grant
  • HOPE Scholarship
  • Zell Miller Scholarship

KSU Scholarships

Scholarships are private monies that are made available to students from various local community groups, corporate donors, and the University. You do not have to repay scholarships. Each scholarship usually requires a separate application.

KSU scholarships include:

  • The KSU Foundation Scholarship
  • Merit Based Scholarships
  • Need Based Scholarships
  • Staff Senate Scholarship (Awarded to KSU employees)

External Scholarships

Students are encouraged to research opportunities for external scholarships. KSU has launched an easy, mobile and personalized process that makes finding and applying for scholarships easier than ever. Our scholarship finder- Scholarship Universe- will match you to your best fit opportunities!

Student Employment

Many students work on- or off-campus during the school year. Several campus programs are available for students who want to work during their time in school.

Outside Student Aid and Programs

State programs and private donor-selected scholarships are also available and require students to apply separately.