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Kansas Promise Act

Kansas Promise Act


The Kansas Promise Scholarship provides eligible students the ability to complete degrees and certificates in specific career and technical education areas at no cost (excluding room and board).  Kansas Promise is a “last dollar” scholarship in that the student must apply for federal financial aid and other local scholarships first, but if these sources do not cover the cost of attendance, then the state of Kansas will pay the remaining amount. There are some requirements for students, so please read all of the information below before proceeding.

Neosho County Community College offers many authorized Kansas Promise Scholarship programs divided into five categories:

Healthcare (Physical/Mental)

  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Coding
  • Medical Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • EMT: Basic
  • Surgical Technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medication Aide
  • Dietary Manager
  • Nursing
  • Practical Nursing LPN-39 HRS
  • Nursing Aide
  • Social Science*

Advanced Manufacturing / Building Trades

  • Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Aerostructures
  • Welding
  • AS in Physics and Pre-Engineering*
  • Plumbing

Early Childhood Education

  • AS in Elementary Education*
  • AS in Secondary Education*

Information Technology and Security

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • AS in Computer Science*

Legal Services

  • Paralegal


*Transfer program


How to Qualify

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

  • Be a US Citizen AND
  • Be a Kansas resident; AND
  • Have a family household income of:
    • $100,000 or less for a family of one or two
    • $150,000 or less for a family of three or for household sizes above three
    • or for a household income that is equal to or less than the family of three amount plus $4,800 for each additional family member. AND
  • Meet one of the following criteria:

    • Graduated from a KS high school withing the preceding 12 months: OR
    • Have obtained a high school equivalency credential within the preceding 12 months; OR
    • Be a KS resident for the 3 years immediately preceding the promise application as document by:
      • the date of issue on a Kansas-issued ID;
      • KS voter registration records; OR
      • KS income tax documentation; OR
    • Be a dependent of a military servicemember in another state AND have graduated from an out-of-state secondary school or obtained a high school equivalency credential within the preceding 12 months; OR
    • Have been in the custody of the Secretary for Children and Families at any time during grades 9-12 and not eligible for the waiver benefit under the Kansas Foster Child Educational Assistance Act.

How to get started:

The Kansas Promise Scholarship Act 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 36 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 meet one of the following:

  • Satisfy all the requirements of the Kansas promise scholarship agreement;
  • Commence service as a military service member 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.”

Kansas Promise Scholarship Information

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For more information, please contact NCCC  or 620.432.0406