Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Kansas tuition is $9,818 per year for in-state residents. This is 40% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 46% cheaper than the average Kansas tuition of $18,809 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 10th in Kansas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 21st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $25,586 which represents a 161% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,006 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $10,824.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,276 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Lawrence should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,080.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,126 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,126 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Kansas residents to go to KU is $25,306 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Kansas residence can expect a one year cost of $41,074.

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

Costs and Tuition for University of Kansas
Estimated Budgets
Kansas Resident Total Budget $25,306
   In-State Tuition$9,818
   Other Fees$1,006
   Room and Board$10,276
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,126
   Books and Supplies$1,080
Non-Resident Total Budget $41,074
   Out-of-State Tuition$25,586
   Other Fees$1,006
   Room and Board$10,276
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,126
   Books and Supplies$1,080


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 $25,306 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 KU net price for in-state students is $17,985* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

70% of University of Kansas students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,112. 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 $3,975. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Kansas, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Kansas
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$17,985*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid70%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,112
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants23%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,975

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$15,089
$30,001 to $48,000$15,772
$48,001 to $75,000$18,009
$75,001 to $110,000$20,604

Average Financial Aid Mix - $25,306 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $25,306. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 32% - $7,112

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

Federal Loans

 25% - $5,467

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

Out of Pocket

 43% -  $9,601

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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Kansas
Missouri State University Springfield35.8% less expensive
Iowa State University24.1% less expensive
University of Missouri St Louis2.3% less expensive
University of Northern Iowa24.1% less expensive
Illinois State University13.1% more expensive

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 University of Kansas.

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 KU is $101,224 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 $14,768 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $59,072**

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 $126,530 or $73,840 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 University of Kansas.

Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,909
Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,653
Non-Kansas Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,793
Non-Kansas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,537

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 University of Kansas 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 University of Kansas
Price per credit hour for Kansas residents$327
Cost for one class for Kansas residents (3 credit hours)$981
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$853
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,559
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,412


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. 46% of University of Kansas students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,467. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $27,219.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Kansas? 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 $59,072, 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 $73,294.81. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Kansas. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 70% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $14,768. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Kansas 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.

University of Kansas Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$610.79
Amount Borrowed$59,072.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,222.81
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$73,294.81

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend KU? 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 University of Kansas, 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 $73,294.81 would be needed to afford a $610.79 monthly payment in the example $59,072.00 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 University of Kansas in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,790 to $9,818. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.3%. 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 $101,224.00. 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 University of Kansas.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$34,802$139,207
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$44,417$177,667
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $56,688$226,753
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $65,624$262,495

Tuition History

What was tuition at KU 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$7,611$19,500 6.2%
2011$7,167$18,150 -3.3%
2010$7,414$18,097 5.3%
2009$7,042$17,119 6.7%
2008$6,600$16,107 7.3%
2007$6,153$15,123 13.7%
2006$5,413$13,866 14.3%
2005$4,737$12,691 15.5%
2004$4,101$11,577 17.7%
2003$3,484$10,687 20.8%
2002$2,884$9,811 5.8%
2001$2,725$9,493 8.2%
2000$2,518$9,121 1.9%
1999$2,470$8,918 3.6%
1998$2,385$8,690 3.2%
1997$2,310$8,370 5.9%
1996$2,182$7,900 7.1%
1995$2,038$7,382 6.1%
1994$1,920$6,538 6.8%
1993$1,798$5,970 8.2%
1992$1,662$5,340 6.3%
1991$1,564$4,688 7.9%
1990$1,450$4,248 5.1%
1989$1,379$3,809 4.1%
1988$1,325$3,488 2.7%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Kansas 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
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 189 10% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 152 14% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 141 14% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 96 14% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 72 3% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 63 19% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 50 3% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 48 7% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 42 10% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 36 4% costlier
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 34 3% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 32 10% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 31 11% costlier
Architectural History and Criticism, General Bachelor's Degree 29 31% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 26 1% cheaper
Architectural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 4% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 3% cheaper
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling Bachelor's Degree 24 16% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 21 15% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 21 10% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 21 2% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 19 17% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 18 29% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 16 1% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 15 2% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 15 13% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 15 1% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 15 19% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 14 8% costlier
Petroleum Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 8% costlier
Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree 13 2% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 11% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 11 20% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 8% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 9 0% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 13% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 2% costlier
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 8 15% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 5% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 4% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 7 3% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 7 11% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 7 12% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 7 13% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 0% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 6 0% cheaper
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 16% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 7% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 5 9% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 9% cheaper
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist Bachelor's Degree 4 7% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 2% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 3 14% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 29% cheaper
Human Biology Bachelor's Degree 3 26% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 3 9% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 27% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% costlier
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 2 16% costlier
Ancient Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Behavioral Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 58% costlier
African Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier


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About University of Kansas

University of Kansas is a four year public college located in Lawrence, Kansas.  Full time enrollment is 23,006 and part time is 4,559. Learn more about getting accepted at University of Kansas at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Kansas
Strong Hall- 1450 Jayhawk Blvd- Room 230
Lawrence, Kansas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Kansas 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.

University of Kansas cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155317 IPEDS survey data.