Apply for Financial Assistance

Students seeking financial aid must apply each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You may apply online at www.fafsa.gov, or the paper version FAFSA form is available from most high school guidance counselors, public libraries, and institutions of higher education, or by contacting the KCAI financial aid office. The KCAI FAFSA code is 002473.

We recommend that you mail the FAFSA by March 15 to receive consideration for all forms of assistance, including KCAI scholarships. Assistance in completing the FAFSA is available from the KCAI financial aid office.

Additional information may be required if there are questions concerning the application or if the application is selected for verification by the Department of Education (a minimum of 30 percent of all applications are selected for verification under law).

The current FAFSA should be on file in the financial aid office prior to July 1.

If verification of FAFSA information is required, you must submit a current year's verification worksheet and upload you and your parent's current year's tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval tool at www.fafsa.gov or by requesting a tax return transcript at www.irs.gov. Students who do not file taxes but worked,  will be required to submit a copy of all W-2's.

Types of financial aid

Steps to apply for Direct Stafford Loans

Go to www.studentloans.gov.

Click SIGN IN and enter the student's social security number, date of birth and FAFSA pin number.

Complete Stafford Master Promissory Note online by clicking on COMPLETE MPNs.

For Stafford Loans, entrance counseling must also be completed at www.studentloans.gov. This can be done by clicking on COMPLETE ENTRANCE COUNSELING link.

A paper version of the MPN can be obtained by contacting the Department of Education at 800.848.0979 or going to www.studentloans.gov.

Steps to apply for Direct PLUS Loans Online*

Go to www.studentloans.gov.

Click SIGN IN and enter parent's Social Security Number, date of birth and FAFSA pin number.

Click on REQUEST PLUS LOAN and enter parent's FAFSA pin number.

Complete PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note online and click SUBMIT for credit check.

Department of Education will notify the school of the loan status once the credit check has been completed.

Financial aid will then either process the loan for the student or notify of denial and additional options.

*Direct PLUS Loans must be filed online. Contact Financial Aid at 816-802-3337 for assistance.

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