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For Parents, Next steps after accepted to ESU

Your student is a Hornet! Here are your student's next steps!

Your student's next steps

Hornet Connection

Hornet Connection is the process where students complete the steps they need prior to enrolling in classes.

Choose Housing

At Emporia State you have a variety of on-campus living options so your student will feel right at home. Check out this page to learn more and submit the housing application.


E-Experience is a one-day FREE event that will bring you to campus, connect you with current ESU student leaders, ESU resources, the Emporia community, and other students starting their studies at ESU in the fall! Each session will start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 7 p.m., with lunch and dinner included in the event.


You will order books prior to your fall semester and you pick them up before classes begin. Our campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble will price-match if you find a lower cost for your textbooks elsewhere. View our campus Bookstore here.

Tips for Paying

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There are lots of ways to pay for college including part-time employment, scholarships, grants, work-study, loans and payment plans. While the idea of paying for college can seem daunting, there is a solution for everyone.

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Take advantage of all local, ESU + national scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are free money! Visit our scholarship page.

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Apply for FAFSA

Apply for federal financial aid at Everyone should complete the FAFSA to determine the federal aid that you’re eligible for. Your award package could include grants, work-study and loans.

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Learn about loan options from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as private educational loan lenders. If you have any questions or want some guidance when it comes to paying for college, connect with ESU’s Financial Aid Office at 620.341.5457 or