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Butler Community College joins Kansas Promise Scholarship for August launch

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Published: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Nearly 50 Butler programs qualify for tuition, fees, books funding through Kansas Promise Scholarship

Current and future students qualifying for the Kansas Promise Scholarship can now pursue their two-year degree and have their costs for tuition, fees and books paid for by the state within a host of academic areas. That’s right – tuition, fees and books at no cost. The Technical Education Authority, under the auspices of the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), met and approved nearly 50 programs for Butler Community College along with programs at other Kansas community and technical colleges this morning. The TEA recommendations will now be voted on during the June 16 KBOR meeting. The scholarship is available beginning the fall semester. 

The transformative $10 million Kansas Promise Scholarship Act, signed by Governor Laura Kelly in April, provides last dollar assistance for tuition, fees, and books for qualifying Kansans studying select career areas. That means whatever the student owes after scholarships or grants have been applied, will be covered by the state – not the student. The Promise Act applies to certain Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificates, two-year degrees, and transfer options.  

To qualify, Butler students need to select programs within these broad state-identified categories:  

New and current students must be in one of the eligible program tracks and must be taking at least six credit hours to receive the last dollar scholarship for the amount owed. Scholarship recipients must remain in Kansas and work two years, otherwise the scholarship must be paid back. 

“The Kansas Promise Scholarship opens access to associate degree and technical training for people who might otherwise deem it impossible,” said Kim Krull, Ph.D., President of Butler Community College. It is also a wonderful opportunity for those who started college but had to step out. Quite frankly, there is no better way to financially attain your certificate or first two-years of college.”  

The Promise Act is designed to benefit Kansans who have graduated high school in the last 12 months, or adults aged 21 or older who have lived in Kansas for three or more consecutive years. This also includes homeschool students as GED completers. Some military dependents are also eligible.  

“I applaud the state legislature for recognizing the value of Kansas’ community and technical colleges as an economic engine for the state’s workforce,” said Krull. “Access to affordable higher education and ultimately a better life is the community college mission and why we exist.”  

To learn more about eligibility, Butler’s Kansas Promise Act programs, and the application process visit www.butlercc.edu/promiseact.