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Friends University

Wichita, KS 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate57%
Acceptance Rate57%

Friends University Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time Friends University students was $31,172 a year.

Tuition increased 3% in 2023–from $30,264 the previous year. Usually, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.

Remember, the total cost of tuition isn't the final cost for attending college. Many students find the actual cost of college is far less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. And, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college feel more doable until after graduation.

Friends University meets 18% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student at Friends University is around $21,423 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2023 was around $25,834 per student, not including those with no debt.

Does Friends University Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

Friends University is a private, religious institution, so it has the same tuition for students from Kansas as it does for students who live in other states.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state status can cut the cost of college tuition. Don't forget to confirm your state's guidelines for how to qualify for in-state residency. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria too, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.

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Tuition for International Students at Friends University

Friends University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Friends University:

•On-campus jobs •Friends University-specific scholarships

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


Friends University Room, Board, Fees, and More


Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Friends University.

Room and Board Costs at Friends University

Housing and campus dining at Friends University costs $8,938 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a dining plan that allows you to eat in the Friends University's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls. Students who live off campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can pay for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $4,154.

Board costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Friends University

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Annual Fees

Most schools also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.

There may be other costs associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges offer ways for students with demonstrated need to find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation costs at Friends University

The total cost of getting around in college can really vary. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your transportation budget. At Friends University, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

A school's location can impact the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in an urban area is usually pricey, but cities may offer more trains, busses and affordable flights to actually get to school. Friends Universityis located in a city in Kansas.

Other Costs

When estimating your budget for college, don’t forget to take into account personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.


Total Tuition and Expenses at Friends University


Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better idea of the actual cost of attending Friends University.

How Much Does Friends University Cost?

What will the cost of attending Friends University be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2023 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $31,172
Room and Board $8,938
Board Only $4,784
Other expenses $2,000

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $44,250
Off-Campus $40,096

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Friends University’s tuition and fees change based on: •Course load for both full and part-time students


Friends University Financial Aid


The majority of Friends University undergrads use financial aid to finance their education. In 2023, 721 of the 1,198 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Friends University meets 18% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $21,423 a year. Around 72% of Friends University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Friends University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $25,834 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $23,454
Private Loans $32,129
Most Common Loans for Friends University Students
Federal Loans 72%
Private loans 5%

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 Friends University financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Friends University

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 2023, Friends University awarded 707 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $11.4 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school.

Friends University Net Cost

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 Friends University 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 Friends University was $21,423 in 2023. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Friends University seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $22,827
Off-Campus $18,673

What will attending Friends University 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 make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Friends University's net cost calculator on their website.

Friends University Tuition Payment Plans

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

Friends University does not have guaranteed tuition.

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

Friends University Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some schools offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Friends University has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

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

Friends University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and supporting students.

As of 2021, the total market value of Friends University's endowment was $62.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Friends University spends about $4,809 a year.


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Friends University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$42,250

In State

$42,250

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$31,172
$31,172
Fees
$640
$640
Housing
$8,938
$8,938
Books
$1,500
$1,500

Friends University Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

83%

Average Financial Aid Package

$25,483

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,694

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

57%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$31,812

Out-of-State

$31,812

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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