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Net Price of Kansas Colleges by Income

Cost of Kansas Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2022

Questions & Answers

What do all these numbers mean?

All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2019-20 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2022.

What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

How can I use this information?

This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $18,312 and the average private school would be $23,859. You can also get information on specific Kansas schools in the chart above or the tables below.

Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

  1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
  2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

Where did this information come from?

As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

  • College savings and investments
  • Payments from current income
  • Loans
  • Outside scholarships (check out the Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents to learn how your student can win scholarships)
  • Tax planning
  • Student work
Cost of Kansas Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net prices is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus the average amount in government grants and institutional scholarships the school awards. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Kansas (2019-20)
Tuition and Fees $11,166
Room and Board $11,318
Books $1,212
Other Expenses $3,134
Total $26,830

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2019-20 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2022. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income KS Public $22,857 KS Private $44,037
$0 - $30k $12,108 $20,575
$30,001 – $48k $12,907 $20,090
$48,001 – $75k $15,499 $22,539
$75,001 – $110k $18,312 $23,859
$110,001+ $18,707 $27,491

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Kansas public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $6,000-$9,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Kansas. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public KS Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Emporia State University

    Emporia
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $6,797 $6,971
    Room and Board $9,408 $9,534
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,518 $3,498
    Total $20,723 $21,003
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,465 $11,620
    $30,001 - $48k $12,971 $13,146
    $48,001 - $75k $15,070 $15,274
    $75,001 - $110k $16,759 $16,985
    $110,001+ $16,967 $17,196
  • Fort Hays State University

    Hays
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $5,280 $5,430
    Room and Board $8,210 $8,414
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $4,246 $4,520
    Total $18,736 $19,364
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,774 $10,102
    $30,001 - $48k $10,847 $11,211
    $48,001 - $75k $13,208 $13,651
    $75,001 - $110k $15,894 $16,427
    $110,001+ $16,083 $16,622
  • University of Kansas

    Lawrence
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $11,166 $11,166
    Room and Board $11,318 $9,900
    Books $1,212 $1,212
    Other Expenses $3,134 $3,198
    Total $26,830 $25,476
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,666 $14,875
    $30,001 - $48k $16,288 $15,466
    $48,001 - $75k $18,586 $17,648
    $75,001 - $110k $22,804 $21,653
    $110,001+ $24,161 $22,942
  • Kansas State University

    Manhattan
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $10,440 $10,466
    Room and Board $9,870 $10,100
    Books $924 $924
    Other Expenses $4,080 $4,400
    Total $25,314 $25,890
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,436 $13,742
    $30,001 - $48k $14,653 $14,986
    $48,001 - $75k $16,868 $17,252
    $75,001 - $110k $20,156 $20,615
    $110,001+ $21,390 $21,877
  • Pittsburg State University

    Pittsburg
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $7,338 $7,504
    Room and Board $7,996 $8,196
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,918 $3,980
    Total $20,252 $20,680
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,469 $11,711
    $30,001 - $48k $10,742 $10,969
    $48,001 - $75k $14,800 $15,113
    $75,001 - $110k $17,269 $17,634
    $110,001+ $17,477 $17,846
  • Washburn University

    Topeka
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,704 $8,762
    Room and Board $9,399 $9,715
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,600
    Total $22,703 $23,077
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,258 $11,443
    $30,001 - $48k $12,574 $12,781
    $48,001 - $75k $15,383 $15,636
    $75,001 - $110k $17,400 $17,687
    $110,001+ $16,740 $17,016
  • Wichita State University

    Wichita
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $8,298 $8,433
    Room and Board $12,620 $12,610
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $3,270 $3,400
    Total $25,438 $25,693
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,687 $11,804
    $30,001 - $48k $12,272 $12,395
    $48,001 - $75k $14,581 $14,727
    $75,001 - $110k $17,903 $18,082
    $110,001+ $18,129 $18,311

Private KS Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Baker University

    Baldwin City
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,880 $30,770
    Room and Board $8,350 $9,150
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $5,100 $5,100
    Total $44,530 $46,220
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,010 $18,694
    $30,001 - $48k $18,141 $18,829
    $48,001 - $75k $19,972 $20,730
    $75,001 - $110k $25,509 $26,477
    $110,001+ $25,117 $26,070
  • Benedictine College

    Atchison
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,530 $31,630
    Room and Board $10,450 $10,840
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,200 $4,300
    Total $46,380 $47,970
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,920 $20,603
    $30,001 - $48k $23,180 $23,975
    $48,001 - $75k $23,213 $24,009
    $75,001 - $110k $28,063 $29,025
    $110,001+ $28,918 $29,909
  • Bethany College

    Lindsborg
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,565 $30,820
    Room and Board $13,100 $12,360
    Books $810 $860
    Other Expenses $6,119 $6,200
    Total $49,594 $50,240
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,610 $23,918
    $30,001 - $48k $18,601 $18,843
    $48,001 - $75k $24,864 $25,188
    $75,001 - $110k $28,540 $28,912
    $110,001+ $30,798 $31,199
  • Bethel College-North Newton

    North Newton
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,390 $30,264
    Room and Board $9,530 $9,670
    Books $700 $700
    Other Expenses $4,383 $5,097
    Total $44,003 $45,731
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,531 $21,337
    $30,001 - $48k $19,211 $19,965
    $48,001 - $75k $22,082 $22,949
    $75,001 - $110k $24,578 $25,543
    $110,001+ $25,398 $26,395
  • Central Christian College of Kansas

    McPherson
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $20,450 $20,100
    Room and Board $7,160 $7,500
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,570 $2,570
    Total $31,180 $31,170
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,148 $15,143
    $30,001 - $48k $9,290 $9,287
    $48,001 - $75k $14,763 $14,758
    $75,001 - $110k $10,911 $10,908
    $110,001+ $13,814 $13,810
  • Friends University

    Wichita
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,394 $30,120
    Room and Board $7,980 $8,350
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $4,000 $4,324
    Total $42,874 $44,294
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,671 $17,223
    $30,001 - $48k $17,283 $17,855
    $48,001 - $75k $19,717 $20,370
    $75,001 - $110k $21,462 $22,173
    $110,001+ $25,121 $25,953
  • Newman University

    Wichita
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $31,906 $33,000
    Room and Board $8,646 $9,294
    Books $1,268 $1,316
    Other Expenses $3,964 $2,878
    Total $45,784 $46,488
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,745 $14,972
    $30,001 - $48k $14,970 $15,200
    $48,001 - $75k $18,033 $18,310
    $75,001 - $110k $19,608 $19,910
    $110,001+ $21,863 $22,199
  • Kansas Wesleyan University

    Salina
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,820 $30,570
    Room and Board $9,800 $10,000
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $42,820 $43,770
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,896 $22,382
    $30,001 - $48k $22,559 $23,059
    $48,001 - $75k $23,187 $23,701
    $75,001 - $110k $27,297 $27,903
    $110,001+ $25,523 $26,089
  • McPherson College

    McPherson
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,077 $31,154
    Room and Board $9,063 $8,754
    Books $1,420 $1,420
    Other Expenses $3,438 $3,516
    Total $43,998 $44,844
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,415 $20,808
    $30,001 - $48k $19,779 $20,159
    $48,001 - $75k $22,075 $22,499
    $75,001 - $110k $23,240 $23,687
    $110,001+ $39,585 $40,346
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University

    Olathe
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $31,786 $32,872
    Room and Board $9,012 $9,282
    Books $1,514 $1,514
    Other Expenses $6,454 $5,698
    Total $48,766 $49,366
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $28,997 $29,354
    $30,001 - $48k $26,550 $26,877
    $48,001 - $75k $29,730 $30,096
    $75,001 - $110k $29,021 $29,378
    $110,001+ $32,706 $33,108
  • Ottawa University-Ottawa

    Ottawa
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $30,805 $32,180
    Room and Board $10,995 $11,934
    Books $1,100 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,990 $3,640
    Total $45,890 $48,954
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,937 $25,535
    $30,001 - $48k $21,507 $22,943
    $48,001 - $75k $27,109 $28,919
    $75,001 - $110k $28,868 $30,795
    $110,001+ $31,634 $33,746
  • University of Saint Mary

    Leavenworth
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,880 $30,800
    Room and Board $8,540 $8,585
    Books $2,550 $2,550
    Other Expenses $1,970 $1,980
    Total $42,940 $43,915
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,636 $19,059
    $30,001 - $48k $19,277 $19,715
    $48,001 - $75k $19,207 $19,643
    $75,001 - $110k $22,070 $22,571
    $110,001+ $24,980 $25,547
  • Southwestern College

    Winfield
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $31,650 $33,250
    Room and Board $8,110 $8,500
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $6,317 $6,562
    Total $47,077 $49,312
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,063 $24,158
    $30,001 - $48k $22,417 $23,481
    $48,001 - $75k $24,134 $25,280
    $75,001 - $110k $27,488 $28,793
    $110,001+ $29,732 $31,144
  • Sterling College

    Sterling
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $27,300 $27,300
    Room and Board $8,442 $8,610
    Books $1,220 $1,240
    Other Expenses $3,516 $3,560
    Total $40,478 $40,710
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,507 $19,619
    $30,001 - $48k $22,516 $22,645
    $48,001 - $75k $23,249 $23,382
    $75,001 - $110k $24,615 $24,756
    $110,001+ $28,381 $28,544
  • Tabor College

    Hillsboro
    Year 2019-20 2020-21
    Tuition and Fees $29,360 $32,100
    Room and Board $9,975 $9,100
    Books $1,200 $0
    Other Expenses $3,705 $4,010
    Total $44,240 $45,210
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,542 $24,058
    $30,001 - $48k $26,071 $26,643
    $48,001 - $75k $26,746 $27,332
    $75,001 - $110k $16,620 $16,984
    $110,001+ $28,788 $29,419
 

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