University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$18,814
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$14,983
$30k - $48k
$14,946
$48k - $75k
$16,525
$75k - $110k
$21,150
$110k+
$22,369
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$11,148
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$27,358
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$11,262
Books and Supplies
$1,076
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: financialaid@ku.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
79%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
22%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,205
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
22%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,513
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$8,443
Students receiving state aid
9%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$1,190
Students receiving federal aid
24%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,513
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$3,064,296
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$27,784,403

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
50%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,905
Students receiving federal loans
49%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,560
Average Other Loans Per Year
$10,180
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$14,276
Loan Default Rate
5%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$218

What Students Are Saying

3.92 Average Rating
A little more expensive than Kansas State University, but exceptionally reasonable on the national level. Tuition (not including room and board) is right at the national average presented by the College Board's website. KU provides numerous student services for the tuition fees that make it well worth the cost, including a newly renovated Rec Center, free access to city-wide bus transportation, as well as on-campus transport, and many social opportunities, such as Hawk Week, which includes a free concert.
Hillary
the university of kansas is everything a person could want in a college. it is truly the full package, with the courses, schooling, opportunities and amazing atmosphere at top notch. every penny spent on attending this amazing university is a penny well spent (and the financial aid office will make sure you fully understand exactly what your spending those pennies on).
Samantha from Villa Park, IL
KU has one of the prettiest campuses out there and the level of academic standards makes it one of the top public colleges in the nation. Kids from out of state come to Kansas because it's cheaper out of state than their own in state schools!
Julia from Wichita, KS
The University of Kansas offers student a top-notch public education at a four year school while at one of the lowest costs in the country for 4-year public undergraduate educations.
Zach from Overland Park, KS
I think it is a little expensive I mean for being out of state you are looking at paying about $27,000.00, which is really only ten grand short of an IVY league school haha
Kyle from Lone Tree, CO
Rent Your Books!
Pizza Shuttle is very cheap
Nick
The University of Kansas is pretty reasonable on their costs. As an added bonus, several times throughout the academic year they have special events that students can go to for free food, t-shirts etc.
Nik from Kansas City
The amount of help offered at KU is nothing short of AMAZING!!! they offer outside learning sessions, discussion groups, learning labs, and even tutors for a more one-on-one approach. They even offer this thing called take a teacher to lunch and basically the school buys you and the Professor lunch at a restaurant downtown and you can talk to them and let them get to know you one on one or even with a friend....I haven't heard of any other University doing that!!!
Phillip from Topeka, KS