Sedgwick County Access Grant

The Sedgwick County Access Grant was designed to assist full-time, need-based students with tuition and standard student fees.  This program concluded with Fall 2021 admit class (high school senior class of Spring 2021).


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, after other gift aid
  • 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 1 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.  Awarding for this program has concluded for the 2021-2022 academic year.

When will eligible students be notified?

Eligible students will be notified in late December regarding their award offer.  Awarding for this program has concluded for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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?

Students must:

  • 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.