University of Kansas

Public, Four-years School Located in Lawrence, KS

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How much is the KU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, KU's tuition & fees is $11,700 for Kansas residents and $29,412 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $26,306 for Kansas residents and $44,018 for out-of-state students when a student lives on-campus.

KU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Kansas Residents Tuition & Fees$11,700
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$29,412
Books & Supplies Costs$1,224
On-campus Room & Board$10,136
On-campus Expenses$3,246
Off-campus Room & Board$9,994
Off-campus Expenses$3,246
2023-2024 Estimates
Kansas Residents Tuition & Fees$12,260
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$30,858

How Much Does it Cost to Go to KU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $132,822 at KU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $188,968. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $142,124.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$30,857$44,495$33,613
Sophomore (2024-25)$32,372$46,273$34,856
Junior (2025-26)$33,962$48,130$36,152
Senior (2026-27)$35,630$50,070$37,504
4 Years Total$132,822$188,968$142,124
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$32,372$46,273$34,856
Sophomore (2025-26)$33,962$48,130$36,152
Junior (2026-27)$35,630$50,070$37,504
Senior (2027-28)$37,380$52,097$38,914
4 Years Total$139,345$196,569$147,425
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$33,962$48,130$36,152
Sophomore (2026-27)$35,630$50,070$37,504
Junior (2027-28)$37,380$52,097$38,914
Senior (2028-29)$39,216$54,215$40,385
4 Years Total$146,190$204,512$152,954
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$35,630$50,070$37,504
Sophomore (2027-28)$37,380$52,097$38,914
Junior (2028-29)$39,216$54,215$40,385
Senior (2029-30)$41,143$56,429$41,919
4 Years Total$153,370$212,811$158,721
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$37,380$52,097$38,914
Sophomore (2028-29)$39,216$54,215$40,385
Junior (2029-30)$41,143$56,429$41,919
Senior (2030-31)$43,163$58,744$43,521
4 Years Total$160,903$221,485$164,738

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, KU' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $12,949. Compared to public, four-years colleges in Kansas, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $8,834.
In-StateOut-of-State
University of Kansas$11,700$29,412
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,570
Public Schools$7,197$12,949
Private Schools$20,875
Kansas Four-years Colleges$15,957
Public Schools$5,756$8,834
Private Schools$20,986

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between KU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationIn-StateOut-of-State
University of KansasLawrence, KS$11,700$29,412
Kansas State UniversityManhattan, KS$10,942$27,816

Financial Aid and COA

At University of Kansas, 14,281 students (75%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $10,373.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at KU is $33,645 for students living on-campus and $33,503 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 3,689 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $11,140 and the average amount of student loans is $6,880.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
Kansas ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (on-campus)$26,306$44,018
COA (off-campus)$26,164$43,876
Tuition & Fees$11,700$29,412
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,606$14,606
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$14,464$14,464
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$15,933$33,645
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$15,791$33,503
Average Financial Aid$10,373$10,373
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship14,28175%$10,373
Pell Grants3,72519%$4,624
Federal Student Loan6,98636%$6,493
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid3,68991%-
Grants or Scholarships3,53687%$11,140
Federal Grants1,58839%$4,151
Pell Grants82020%$4,853
Other Federal Grants1,58039%$1,653
State/Local Grants59115%$1,209
Institutional Grants3,25680%$9,854
Student Loan Aid1,74343%$6,880
Federal Student Loans1,71642%$5,210
Other Student Loans2215%$13,800
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level1,2081,057$6,458
0-30,000228226$11,166
30,001-48,000151151$10,603
48,001-75,000196188$8,629
75,001-110,000192155$3,983
110,001 or more441337$2,717

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

KU's acceptance rate is 92.50%. A total of 15,275 applicants applied to and 14,129 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 4,119 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 29.15%.
To apply to KU, 2 items are required - Secondary school GPA and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 4 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and Recommendations. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants15,2757,009$8,266
Admitted14,1296,232$7,897
Enrolled4,1191,871$2,248
Acceptance Rate92.50%88.91%95.54%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)29.15%30.02%28.47%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRecommended
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to KU. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,210 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 25.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,174. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 25.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,2101,0901,330
National Average1,174
Kansas Average1,067
SAT EBRW605550660
SAT Math605540670
ACT Composite252129
National Average25
Kansas Average21
ACT Math242027
ACT English252129

Student Population

University of Kansas has a total of 26,708 students including 19,241 undergraduate and 7,467 graduate students. By gender, there are 12,225 male students and 14,555 female students attending KU. The school offers online degree programs and 2,593 students enrolled online exclusively (9.71% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total26,780 12,22514,555
Undergraduate19,158 8,97210,186
Graduate7,622 3,2534,369

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
AddressStrong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS
Phone785-864-2700
WEBhttps://ku.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered442 Programs
Online Program Offered59 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered229 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate88.00%
Yield31.00%
Student Population26,708
Graduation Rate67%
Transfer-out Rate23%
Retention Rate85% (Full-time), 58% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate17 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties2,383 (Full-time), 269 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs8,137 (Full-time), 804 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$95,353
Average Staff Salary$62,658