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K.I.D.S. program

Thank you for your interest in the K.I.D.S. program! You are taking an important step in securing your children's dreams of an education beyond high school. We are now accepting 2015 applications for the Kansas Investments Developing Scholars Matching Grant Program (K.I.D.S.). To receive the matching grant you must submit a K.I.D.S. Match Grant Program Application before December 31, 2015 and contribute to a Learning Quest account before December 31, 2015.

The budget bills currently pending in the legislature contain funding for the program in 2015, but funding is never certain until the end of the legislative process. We will notify approved participants if funding changes. There is no guarantee that your 2015 contributions will be matched until the legislature’s budget process is completed. Please visit this website for updates on funding for 2015. The Legislature typically adjourns in late May.

Click here to download a K.I.D.S. 2015 application . If you don’t already have a Learning Quest account, you also need to open an account online at www.learningquest.com or download an account application. Please remember that we process applications on a first come-first served basis, so it's best to get yours in as soon as possible after you have completed your 2014 income tax return. Remember that if you participated in K.I.D.S. in 2014, you must reapply this year.

Sincerely,

Treasurere Estes's signature in blue ink.

Ron Estes
Kansas State Treasurer

About the K.I.D.S. Program

Want to start planning for your child's education? Let us help you! K.I.D.S. - A Matching Grant Program.

  • K.I.D.S. matching grant program will match the first $600 that you contribute this year to a Learning Quest 529 Education Savings account.
  • The K.I.D.S. Matching Grant Program application and contributions to your account must be postmarked by December 31, 2015
  • Participants must reapply each year to determine eligibility.
  • K.I.D.S. is a program developed specifically for Kansas residents with income less than 200% of the federal poverty level.
  • K.I.D.S. uses the Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program to invest your deposits and the state's matching grant.
  • Applications are limited to 1200 per year and are processed on a first-come first-served basis.
  • K.I.D.S. participants must also open a Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Plan Account. An account can be opened with either an initial investment of at least $25 or by signing up for an automatic monthly investment of at least $25 through a payroll deduction or from a bank account. Visit http://www.LearningQuest.com to learn more about opening a Learning Quest Account.
  • To receive matching grant funds, participants must contribute at least $100 this year by December 31, 2015.
  • In January of next year, the State Treasurer's office will review the 2015 contributions to eligible accounts and deposit the matching grant funds into accounts for eligible participants.
  • You can receive one $600 matching grant for each beneficiary that you enroll in the program, and the matching grant funds must be spent for that beneficiary's qualified higher education expenses.
  • No need to submit your income tax return this year. Just fill in the Federal Adjusted Gross Income for all members of your household for 2014 and we'll confirm it with the Kansas Department of Revenue.
  • You must list all members of your household on your application, even those without income.

More Information About the Program

Use the links provided below to download more information (Acrobat PDFs):

Are You Eligible?

Account Owners must be Kansas residents and total Federal Adjusted Gross Income for all members of the account owner's household must be less than the amounts listed in the chart below.  Members of your household include all persons related by marriage or birth who share a residence.

2015 K.I.D.S. Income Limits

Household of: Income:
1 $23,540
2 $31,860
3 $40,180
4 $48,500
5 $56,820
6 $65,140
7 $73,460
8 $81,780
For each additional person, add $8,320

Contact Us

For questions about the K.I.D.S Program or to request additional information please contact us at:
785-296-3171 or toll free at 866-504-5898
785-296-7950 fax
Email us at: LQ@treasurer.ks.gov