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WSU Sedgwick County Access Grant FAQ

 What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Students must:
    • Be a resident of Sedgwick County
    • Be a high school senior who is fully admitted to Wichita State
    • Have a valid and completed FAFSA on file by the WSU priority date of December 1
    • Demonstrate high need as a Pell grant recipient and/or through an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) below WSU tuition costs for full-time students
    • Be enrolled full time
    • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative, unweighted high school GPA AND
    • Have a minimum 21 ACT OR rank in the top one-third of their senior class

 What is the priority date for consideration?

  • Students must submit a valid and completed FAFSA by December 1st and be fully admitted to Wichita State into a degree-bound program.
  • Awarding will continue beyond the December 1 priority date until available funding is exhausted.

When will eligible students be notified?

  • Eligible students will be notified in late December regarding their award offer.

 How long can students receive the Sedgwick County Access Grant?

This grant is awarded for a total of four consecutive academic years (excluding summers) -- or -- to the point where the student earns their first bachelor’s degree; whichever comes first.

 What are the renewal requirements for the Sedgwick County Access Grant?

  • Maintain a minimum overall and semester GPA of 2.5
    -- and --
  • Enroll in and successfully complete at least 12 credit hours each semester (fall and spring)

Why are only Sedgwick County residents eligible?

  • It is important to Wichita State to support its local community, and the diverse make-up of WSU students reflects a growth in first-generation, limited-income students.
  • The financial support for the grant is provided from Sedgwick County mill levy funds.

Why do some students qualify for more/less of the Sedgwick County Access Grant?

  • Funding levels range from $250 to $4,000 per year. The grant amount is determined by the institution and is based on average tuition costs less the combination of other gift aid for full-time students (12 credit hours) at Wichita State. Major-specific fees or tuition for additional credit hours are not factored into the original Access Grant offer.

What if I receive other scholarships or gift aid after the initial award is offered?

  • The grant may be reduced based on additional gift aid that results in reduction to need-based eligibility.