KU offers merit scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full tuition. The priority deadline for consideration for full-tuition scholarships is December 1. Students who are unable to submit an SAT or ACT score will still be considered for merit scholarships. Should students sit for an exam, score will be accepted throughout the year to potentially increase the amount of the merit award received.
File your FAFSA as early as possible after October 1 of the year before the student begins at KU. The priority filing deadline is February 15 in order to be considered for need-based KU scholarships. The FAFSA must be filed every year. Needs are determined by the results of the FAFSA.
Non Need-Based Scholarships
Non need-based university scholarships are not tied to a filing deadline but are awarded based on criteria specific to the particular scholarship. For example, grade point average, major, leadership, and community service are some of the criteria set by the donors when determining the recipients of non need-based university scholarships.
For those students who have received scholarships, it is advised that he or she write a thank you letter to the donor of the scholarship.
The following scholarships are available to qualifying students who have a processed, complete FAFSA by KU's priority deadline of February 15. Later applicants will be considered as funds are made available:
KU STEM Scholarship
The KU STEM Scholarship is awarded to twenty-five incoming first-year students who are academically qualified and intend to major in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs and whose backgrounds indicate that the student will make an outstanding contribution to the Kutztown University campus community. Beginning in Fall 2017, selected students will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The award is renewable for up to four years of consecutive fall and spring enrollment, providing that the student maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, completes a minimum of 24 credits each academic year, and maintains satisfactory academic progress. This award is available only for fall and spring courses.
These scholarships will be automatically awarded to students who qualify:
• The Sesquicentennial Academic Honors Scholarship
Awarded to high school seniors who have a 3.25 cumulative weighted high school GPA and a 1410 total on the SAT or 31 composite on the ACT. The student will receive $7,000 per year for four years as long as the student participates in the Honors Program, lives on campus for the first three years, and completes a minimum of 30 credits per year.
• The President's Academic Honors Scholarship
Awarded to high school seniors who have a 3.25 cumulative weighted high school GPA and a 1270 total on the SAT or 27 composite on the ACT. The student will receive $1,000 per year for four years as long as the student participates in the Honors Program and completes a minimum of 30 credits per year.
• The Transfer Book Award
Awarded to all first-time transfer students who enter Kutztown University with any type of Associate's Degree. This is a one-time book award of $500 for one academic year (Fall or Spring only) to be utilized in the KU Campus Book Store.
- The Transfer Housing Award
Awarded to transfer students at KU who have an Associate’s Degree and live on campus. The scholarship is for $1,000 and is renewable for a second year for students who continue to live on campus.