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Tuition Options at KU

KU offers two tuition choices for first-year freshmen students: standard tuition and the four-year tuition compact. As a new freshman for Fall 2017, you have the opportunity to make the decision to stay with standard tuition or to opt-in to the four-year tuition compact.

What’s the difference?

Standard tuition

Four-year tuition compact

  • Is the rate automatically assigned to first-year freshmen students.
  • Has lower costs than the four-year tuition compact at the onset but historically is increased by the Board of Regents between 5 and 6 percent each year.
  • Requires a student to opt-in
  • Has the same tuition rate for four years starting freshman year.
  • Is designed to provide financial predictability, accounting for future inflation and increases in tuition. Therefore, it is higher at the onset because it is an average of what the university anticipates four years at KU will cost.

Standard Tuition Rates for 2017-18*

Undergraduate Resident Tuition: $327.25
Undergraduate Nonresident Tuition: $852.85

Compact Tuition Rates for 2017-18*

Undergraduate Resident Tuition: $368.75
Undergraduate Nonresident Tuition: $959.00

* - Tuition is assessed per credit hour. Additional course and campus fees may apply. See the Comprehensive Fee Schedule for more detailed information.

Making the choice

  • Opt-In for the tuition compact will be available once official tuition and fees are approved for the 2017-2018 academic year by the Kansas Board of Regents.
  • Tuition details are available in the Comprehensive Fee Schedule on the Office of the University Registrar website (registrar.ku.edu/cfs). This includes a history of tuition rates.
  • Emails will be sent to all first-year freshmen students with information about how to opt-in to the four-year tuition compact. If they choose to opt-in, they will be directed to a webform (KU Online ID and password required) and submit their decision to opt-in to the tuition compact.
    • Decisions to opt-in to the four-year tuition compact must be made by August 1, 2017.
    • Every first-year student who does not opt-in to the four-year tuition compact by the deadline will be assessed standard tuition.
    • Students do not have to do anything if they plan to be on standard tuition. The webform only needs to be filled out if they are opting into the tuition compact. Opting in must be done by the student using a KU Online ID and password.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a deadline?
First-year students who choose to opt-in to the tuition compact will need to submit their decision via the webform by Augsut 1st. Students do not have to do anything if they plan to be on standard tuition. The webform only needs to be filled out if you are opting into the tuition compact. Opting in must be done by the student using a KU Online ID and password.
What is the difference between standard tuition and the four-year tuition compact?

The standard tuition rate is the default tuition for all University of Kansas students and is approved annually by the Board of Regents. Although the standard rate is lower than the four-year tuition compact rate, it is subject to increase each year. Standard tuition has risen 2.5-5.1% each year for the past three years, and historically has risen between 5-6% each year for first-year students.

The four-year tuition compact is designed to provide financial predictability, accounting for future inflation and other factors that are anticipated to increase tuition rates over the next four years. The rate of the tuition compact is initially higher than the standard rate, but is anticipated the rate will be lower in year four. The compact tuition rate is set as an average of what KU and the Board of Regents anticipate four years at KU will cost.

What happens if a student is in the tuition compact and takes more than four years to complete their degree?
Students in the tuition compact who take longer than four years to complete their degree will be assessed standard tuition for their coursework in their fifth year and beyond.
Will my scholarship be impacted if I opt-in to the Four-Year Fixed Tuition Rate Compact?

Scholarship values may change slightly for students who opt-in to the Four-Year Tuition Compact.  For example:

  • The value of scholarships funded through partial tuition waivers (KU Excellence, Midwest Student Exchange or Jayhawk Generation) is based on the number of credit hours and the actual tuition assessed each term.  
  • The value of other scholarships (Chancellor, Traditions, Crimson and Blue, Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, Distinction and Achievement) will remain the same as in your award letter, regardless of paying Standard tuition or opting-in to the Four-Year Tuition Compact.    
  • The KU Pell Advantage will cover tuition and campus fees (excludes course fees) for up to 15 credit hours per semester, regardless of paying Standard tuition or opting-in to the Four-Year Tuition Compact.    

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