How much does KU cost?
The answer is different for each student who asks it. That’s because a thoughtful and tailored approach to affordability includes family savings and various forms of financial assistance.
First-time freshmen and transfer students:
Use our Net Price Calculator for a customized financial snapshot that includes potential financial aid and scholarships.
Use this Tuition and Fees Tool to calculate an estimate of costs for KU's various degree programs.
For the most up-to-date and accurate information about tuition and fees, please refer to the Comprehensive Fee Schedule. To determine your on-campus housing and meal charges, go to KU Housing's Rates page.
Cost of Attendance
Your estimated Cost of Attendance (COA), also known as a budget, is a standardized estimate of what it will cost you to attend KU for the academic year. Your financial aid package cannot exceed your estimated COA.
An estimated COA contains the following components:
All KU resident and nonresident students pay a per-credit-hour rate. Since standard tuition rates are set annually by the Kansas Board of Regents, future standard tuition rates are unknown.
Required campus fees are paid by all students to support services and programs such as health, recreation, transportation, and student activities. Course fees are additional per-credit-hour charges that vary by school to support academic programs and instruction in that specific school. Additionally, programs such as engineering, law, and pharmacy include special or differential fees.
Room and board
KU Student Housing offers a range of options and rates, and Financial Aid & Scholarships can offer estimates of the cost of living in the Lawrence area no matter what living option a student chooses.
Books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses
Materials estimates vary by school. Other expenses are given a flat estimate annually by FAS.
Adjustment of a COA may be possible if your costs increase due to one or more of the following non-discretionary expenses:
- Medical/dental/disability expenses for the student
- Child care
- Additional required educational expenses
- Additional transportation expenses
- Housing costs and/or food and shelter for dependents
Adjustment allows for but does not guarantee that additional financial aid will be awarded. If your request results in increased eligibility for aid, you may receive additional assistance if funds are available and seek increased loans (except for Federal Direct loans, which are limited in amount by federal regulation). However, if reduced eligibility for financial aid results, the repayment, cancellation, or reduction of aid may be required.
Budget adjustment requests are evaluated only after the original FAFSA and all supporting documents have been reviewed. Evaluation may take two to three weeks. To request a budget adjustment, log in to the FAFSA portal for KU and click the “Request” button.