I Know I Can
Helping Columbus City School Students Enter and Succeed in College

I Know I Can Grant

The I Know I Can Grant is only for Columbus City Schools high school seniors and alumni currently enrolled in college.  The I Know I Can grant is worth $1,200.

Students may renew the grant for up to four years at a four-year institution, two years at a two-year institution, or until receipt of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. Students must re-apply for the I Know I Can grant each year by submitting a completed, on-time application.

When is the deadline for the IKIC Grant Application?

The application deadline for the 2015-16 academic year is FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH, 2015.

Your completed application must be submitted or postmarked by this date.  A completed application includes a copy of the student's 2015-16 FAFSA SAR (all applicants) and transcript showing cumulative GPA (college students only).


In order to be eligible for and receive the I Know I Can Grant:
  • Your first application for the IKIC grant must be submitted during your senior year of high school or the year after high school graduation.

  • You must complete and submit the FAFSA by April 20th or your school's priority deadline, whichever comes first.

  • Current high school seniors must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25.  Current college students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

    Current college students must submit their cumulative grade point average via an unofficial transcript, an online advising report, or a summary of grades report with the application.  The GPA should include all college classes taken since college enrollment, including Fall 2014.  You do not need to pay for an official transcript; a free, unofficial transcript is acceptable so long as it includes cumulative GPA and grades through Fall 2014.
  • You must submit your 2015-16 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).

    The SAR is available several days AFTER you submit your FAFSA.  To access the SAR, visit 
    www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on "Student Aid Report (PDF)".  A new window will pop-up with your SAR.  You should then print (if you plan to submit a paper application) or save as PDF (if you plan to email).  Your SAR must show your EFC and you must submit the entire SAR.  The 2014-15 SAR is not acceptable.
  • You must be Pell Eligible.

  • You must be enrolled full-time for each term to receive the grant.

  • Your completed application must be submitted by the deadline: April 24, 2015.  Late applications will not be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For a copy of the I Know I Can grant application:
  • Download and print a copy from the website (click here - PDF)
  • Visit the I Know I Can office during office hours for a paper copy
  • Meet with your IKIC advisor in your high school/on your campus
To submit your application & required documents:
Your application and all required documents must be submitted by April 24, 2015.  Be sure to include your first and last name on all documents.  Please PRINT NEATLY in blue or black ink or type.

Via Mail:     
I Know I Can
Attn: IKIC Grant
3798 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43213

Via Fax:     
Please include your name and telephone number on the cover sheet
Attn: IKIC Grant

Via Email: ldg@iknowican.org

Please include your name in your email's subject line.  You can attach and email PDF or Word documents, or scanned/screenshot images.  Please do not include links to the FAFSA website or links to your college transcript as we are unable to access password-protected sites. You will receive a confirmation email when we have received your email.  If we encounter a problem with your attachments, we will email you and ask you to try again or send a different format.  It is your responsibility to make sure all documents have been received by the deadline.

At the IKIC Office:  You can visit the IKIC office during office hours to drop off your completed application.  You can also print your transcripts and/or FAFSA SAR in our computer lab; please call our office first in case there is another program or event in the computer lab.  Our office phone number is 614-233-9510 and the office is located at 3798 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213.  We are located in the Town and Country Shopping Center between Staples and CitiTrends. 

What happens after an application is submitted?

Students who submit completed applications will receive notice via mail to the address listed on their application.  Decision letters are typically mailed in the summer.  All students who have been approved for the grant must submit a copy of their 2015-16 financial aid award letter; 2015 high school graduates must also submit a copy of their Fall 2015 class schedule.  After the financial aid award letter (and class schedule for 2015 HS grads) has been received and processed, IKIC grant funds will be sent to the college/university beginning in August.  $600 will be sent for fall semester and $600 will be sent for the spring semester.  If the student is not enrolled full-time, the college/university will return the funds to IKIC.

Your financial aid award letter is from your college/university's financial aid office.  It lists all the grants, scholarships, and loans that you are receiving for 2015-16.  Most colleges have it available online in the student portal where students can see grades and register for classes.  First-year college students may have also received a paper copy in the mail.  If you have trouble locating your financial aid award letter, you should contact your financial aid office.  When you submit your financial aid award letter to IKIC, be sure to include your name, name of your college, and college student ID#.

How can a student request additional review or appeal?

Students who meet the I Know I Can grant requirements but were denied should submit a completed application for further review and include any required additional documents (download additional review form - PDF).

Students who do not meet the I Know I Can grant requirements but wish to be considered for the grant should complete the appeal form.  The completed appeal form must include the supporting statement and should also include any additional documentation supporting the student's appeal (download appeal form - PDF).

Additional Questions
Please visit the IKIC Grant FAQ for answers to some frequently asked questions.

If you have additional questions about the I Know I Can grant that are not answered in the FAQ, please contact:
Brittany Hulbert: 614-233-9510 x 129 or via email at bhulbert@iknowican.org
Felicia Mitchell: 614-233-9510 x 118 or via email atfmitchell@iknowican.org

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