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Kansas Jayhawks Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at The University of Kansas was $10,092 a year for in-state students and $26,960 a year for out-of-state students. On average, college tuition rises about 3 percent a year.

If these numbers seem daunting, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.

Tuition for international students at The University of Kansas is $26,960 per year.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at Kansas Jayhawks

The University of Kansas is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $10,092 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered Kansas-residents, out-of-state tuition is $26,960 a year.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Attending a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can save significant money on the overall cost of college. Every state has their own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition

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Kansas Jayhawks International Student Tuition

Kansas Jayhawks has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at The University of Kansas can expect to pay around $26,960 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support:

On-campus jobs

Loans from outsideKansas Jayhawks

Kansas Jayhawks-specific loans

Athletic Awards

Kansas Jayhawks-specific scholarships

International Students Tuition Waivers

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.

Kansas Jayhawks Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.

Room and Board at Kansas Jayhawks

Room and board at Kansas Jayhawks is $9,900 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facility can pay for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $5,676.

Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Kansas Jayhawks

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. At Kansas Jayhawks, you can expect to pay about $1,212 a year for books and supplies. This does not count the initial cost of a computer or other technology. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at Kansas Jayhawks pay $1,074 in fees each academic year.

There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. The The University of Kansas campus is in a suburban setting in Kansas, not far from Kansas City. First-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

For Kansas Jayhawks students, $1,966 is good ballpark for transportation costs for on-campus students. $3,868 is a good estimate for transportation costs for students who live off campus.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.

Total Cost of Kansas Jayhawks

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $10,092
Out-of-State Tuition $26,960
Room and Board $9,900
Board Only $3,868
Books and Supplies $1,212
Yearly Fees $1,074
Transportation $1,966
Other expenses $1,232
Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Kansas Jayhawks’s tuition and fees change based on: B Course load for both full and part-time students

Financial Aid at Kansas Jayhawks

The majority of The University of Kansas undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 7,685 of the 19,135 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Kansas Jayhawks meets 77 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,267 a year. Around 53 percent of Kansas Jayhawks undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Kansas Jayhawks graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $27,011 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $22,174
State Loans $0
Kansas Jayhawks-Specific Loans $5,555
Private Loans $31,675
Most Common Loans for Kansas Jayhawks Students
Federal Loans 51%
Institutional Loans 8%
Private loans 8%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Kansas Jayhawks financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Kansas Jayhawks

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Kansas Jayhawks awarded 6,320 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $57,078,667 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $38,838,156 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of Kansas Jayhawks

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Kansas Jayhawks students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Kansas Jayhawks was $17,267 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Kansas Jayhawks seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
Net In-state, Off-campus $211
Out-of-State, On-Campus $23,111

What will attending Kansas Jayhawks really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Kansas Jayhawks's net cost calculator on their website.

Kansas Jayhawks Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Kansas Jayhawks does not have guaranteed tuition.

The school offers a Prepaid Tuition Plan, which is a type of college savings plan that enables people to purchase future credits for their children at today's rate. It is best for people who are sure they or their child will attend a public school in their state.

Kansas Jayhawks offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Kansas Jayhawks Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups to cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student

Kansas Jayhawks has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: International Students Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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