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Grants & Work-Study

Need-based financial aid can come from federal, state, school, and private sources to help you pay for college. The following information will help students interested in applying for need-based Financial Aid. 

Donnelly College FAFSA Code: 001914


Apply for Grants and Work-Study Positions 

  • If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, apply with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Donnelly’s school code is 001914. Once completed, Donnelly should receive the FAFSA results within 3-5 business days.
  • If you are not FAFSA-eligible, complete the institutional aid application. Return this worksheet and a copy of your most recent tax information to the financial aid office or admissions office. NOTE: Any students under the age of 24 must include their parents’ tax information with this application.

Additional Documentation

Once Donnelly receives a student’s application, additional documentation is required to complete the application process. These items can include tax information, verification of information listed on the application, citizenship documentation, transcripts from previous schools, etc. Please contact the financial aid office with any questions about these additional items.



Once financial aid applications are completed, students are awarded aid. Because grant funds are not required to be paid back after graduation, Donnelly automatically awards any grant funds a student is eligible for. Changes in program or hours enrolled can have an affect on a student’s grant eligibility, so these changes are reviewed regularly to keep a student’s financial aid awards as accurate as possible.

Types of Need-Based Grants


Pell Grant

  • The Pell Grant is the most well-known grant provided by the FAFSA.
  • For 2022-2023, the grant is awarded as an annual amount up to $6,895.
  • Amount is based on financial need and enrollment status (full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, less than half-time).

SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

  • FAFSA grant that is used to supplement the Pell Grant.
  • Awarded up to $1,000 per semester.
  • Preference given to students with most financial need.

Kansas Comprehensive Grant

  • State grant awarded to FAFSA-eligible students with financial need.
  • Student must be a KS resident.
  • Student must be enrolled full-time.

Donnelly Grant

  • Need-based grant for students that are not Pell Grant eligible.
  • Grant covers 25% to 50% of tuition and fees based on financial need and other circumstances.
  • Cannot be combined with other grants or scholarships.

Fifteen to Finish Grant

  • Grant that encourages students to complete their degree on time (or early).
  • Covers 50% of tuition for any credits over 12 credit hours.
  • Must be enrolled in 13 or more credit hours in the associate or bachelor’s programs.

Work-Study Positions

  • Part-time positions for students throughout the school year in Donnelly departments.
  • Must demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA.
  • Student can work up to 10 hours per week. Amount earned is based on number of hours worked.

Professional Judgement / Special Circumstances

Sometimes the information provided on the FAFSA does not reflect a family’s current resources or ability to pay for college because financial circumstances have changed due to special or extenuating circumstances. 
These special circumstances can include:

  • An unforeseen loss of employment or income
  • The death of a parent or spouse
  • The divorce or separation of a student or parent
  • An income reduction of 20% or more due to factors beyond the person’s control
  • A significant income reduction due to the loss of child support
  • Unusually high medical or dental expenses that aren’t covered by insurance
  • A one-time increase in parent income due to an IRA distribution or pension withdrawal

Professional Judgement refers to the school’s authority to make adjustments, on a case-by-case basis, to information on the FAFSA so that the Department of Education can recalculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the number that the school uses to determine if a student is eligible for need based financial aid.

Please note: Families with a zero EFC do not qualify for a Professional Judgement as your EFC cannot be reduced further. Changes resulting from this review do not guarantee an increase in your aid since a loss of income may not necessarily impact your financial aid eligibility. Not every situation warrants a review nor does every review guarantee a change in any federal aid awards.

The Professional Judgement process is an extensive process that requires a thorough review to determine what, if any changes, may be appropriate based on your FAFSA application. In many cases, an adjustment does not increase the student’s eligibility for grants or the total amount of aid awarded. Be aware that if a student receives Federal Pell Grant, it may be reduced or lost because it is based on the original EFC.

The Financial Aid office reserves the right to deny any appeals that would not increase a student’s eligibility for aid. The decision of the Financial Aid office is final and cannot be appealed to the Department of Education.

If you feel you have special or extenuating circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid office.

Contact Us 

Donnelly College Financial Aid
(913) 621-8739