Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Kansas State University tuition is $9,273 per year for in-state residents. This is 30% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 50% cheaper than the average Kansas tuition of $18,809 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 8th in Kansas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 23rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $24,630 which represents a 166% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $862 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,135.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,430 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Manhattan should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $866.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,908 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,908 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Kansas residents to go to K-State is $24,339 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Kansas residence can expect a one year cost of $39,696.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Kansas State University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Kansas State University
Estimated Budgets
Kansas Resident Total Budget $24,339
   In-State Tuition$9,273
   Other Fees$862
   Room and Board$9,430
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,908
   Books and Supplies$866
Non-Resident Total Budget $39,696
   Out-of-State Tuition$24,630
   Other Fees$862
   Room and Board$9,430
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,908
   Books and Supplies$866


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $24,339 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported K-State net price for in-state students is $15,784* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

72% of Kansas State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,291. 23 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $3,889. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Kansas State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Kansas State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$15,784*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid72%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,291
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants23%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,889

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$12,904
$30,001 to $48,000$13,661
$48,001 to $75,000$15,776
$75,001 to $110,000$18,032

Average Financial Aid Mix - $24,339 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $24,339. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 26% - $5,291

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Kansas State University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 27% - $5,598

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 47% -  $9,542

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Kansas State University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at K-State is $97,356 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $14,352 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $57,408**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $121,695 or $71,760 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Kansas State University.

Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,636
Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,170
Non-Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,315
Non-Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,848

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Kansas State University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Kansas State University
Price per credit hour for Kansas residents$309
Cost for one class for Kansas residents (3 credit hours)$927
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$821
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,463
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,284


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 49% of Kansas State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,598. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,725.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Kansas State University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $57,408, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $71,230.16. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Kansas State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 72% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,352. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Kansas State University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Kansas State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$593.58
Amount Borrowed$57,408.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$13,822.16
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$71,230.16

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend K-State? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Kansas State University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $71,230.16 would be needed to afford a $593.58 monthly payment in the example $57,408.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Kansas State University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $7,317 to $9,273. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $97,356.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Kansas State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$33,472$133,887
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$42,719$170,878
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $54,522$218,088
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $63,116$252,464

Tuition History

What was tuition at K-State five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$6,936$18,402 4%
2011$6,672$17,700 -2.9%
2010$6,870$17,577 3.7%
2009$6,627$16,932 6.3%
2008$6,235$15,970 14.7%
2007$5,434$14,520 6%
2006$5,124$14,454 9.8%
2005$4,665$13,425 14.9%
2004$4,060$11,950 17.9%
2003$3,444$10,704 21.5%
2002$2,835$9,762 1.9%
2001$2,781$9,549 7.3%
2000$2,592$9,195 1.9%
1999$2,544$8,992 3.1%
1998$2,467$8,772 4%
1997$2,373$8,433 7.9%
1996$2,199$7,917 5.5%
1995$2,085$7,429 5.6%
1994$1,975$6,593 7.3%
1993$1,841$6,013 8.4%
1992$1,699$5,377 8.1%
1991$1,571$4,695 7.5%
1990$1,461$4,259 7.3%
1989$1,362$3,792 109.2%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Kansas State University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 157 12% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 134 7% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 105 3% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 104 9% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 98 6% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 93 18% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 65 9% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 54 8% cheaper
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 54 7% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 53 16% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 53 10% costlier
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 48 5% cheaper
Architectural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 47 7% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 43 6% cheaper
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 40 8% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 38 1% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 34 6% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 33 10% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 30 1% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 30 2% cheaper
Agricultural and Food Products Processing Bachelor's Degree 30 3% cheaper
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 30 10% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 29 25% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 28 10% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Bachelor's Degree 28 48% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 28 13% cheaper
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 26 20% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 22 8% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 22 17% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 21 5% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 20 3% costlier
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 20 17% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 19 6% cheaper
Pre-Veterinary Studies Bachelor's Degree 18 1% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 18 5% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 18 4% cheaper
Accounting and Business/Management Associate's Degree 18 98% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 18 7% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 14 7% cheaper
Wildlife Biology Bachelor's Degree 13 18% costlier
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 12 93% costlier
Agricultural Communication/Journalism Bachelor's Degree 11 12% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 9% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 5% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 10 9% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 10 5% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 10 15% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 9 12% cheaper
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 9 0% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 9 4% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 1% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 8 4% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 7 7% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 7 12% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 12% cheaper
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 96% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 5 17% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 7% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Natural Sciences Bachelor's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 3 2% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 2 3% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 2 11% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 2 1% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Engineering/Industrial Management Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Ethnic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper


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About Kansas State University

Kansas State University is a four year public college located in Manhattan, Kansas.  Full time enrollment is 20,156 and part time is 3,623. Learn more about getting accepted at Kansas State University at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Kansas State University
Anderson Hall
Manhattan, Kansas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Kansas State University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Kansas State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155399 IPEDS survey data.