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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 2021

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 2018-19 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2021.

  • 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 $17,489 and the average private school would be $23,306. 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 (2018-19)
Tuition and Fees $10,824
Room and Board $10,276
Books $1,080
Other Expenses $3,126
Total $25,306

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2018-19 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2021. 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 $22,232 KS Private $42,409
$0 - $30k $11,863 $19,956
$30,001 – $48k $12,812 $19,047
$48,001 – $75k $15,138 $20,767
$75,001 – $110k $17,489 $23,306
$110,001+ $18,234 $22,824

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 $5,000-$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 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $6,758 $6,797
    Room and Board $8,910 $9,408
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,420 $3,518
    Total $20,088 $20,723
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,624 $11,991
    $30,001 - $48k $11,964 $12,342
    $48,001 - $75k $14,465 $14,922
    $75,001 - $110k $16,515 $17,037
    $110,001+ $16,948 $17,484
  • Fort Hays State University

    Hays
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $5,130 $5,280
    Room and Board $8,034 $8,210
    Books $1,080 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,804 $4,246
    Total $18,048 $18,736
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,464 $9,825
    $30,001 - $48k $9,882 $10,259
    $48,001 - $75k $12,549 $13,027
    $75,001 - $110k $14,807 $15,371
    $110,001+ $14,391 $14,940
  • University of Kansas

    Lawrence
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $11,148 $11,166
    Room and Board $11,262 $11,318
    Books $1,076 $1,212
    Other Expenses $3,080 $3,134
    Total $26,566 $26,830
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,387 $14,530
    $30,001 - $48k $15,380 $15,533
    $48,001 - $75k $17,132 $17,302
    $75,001 - $110k $20,981 $21,189
    $110,001+ $23,231 $23,462
  • Kansas State University

    Manhattan
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $10,383 $10,440
    Room and Board $9,680 $9,870
    Books $866 $924
    Other Expenses $3,994 $4,080
    Total $24,923 $25,314
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,232 $14,455
    $30,001 - $48k $15,089 $15,326
    $48,001 - $75k $16,889 $17,154
    $75,001 - $110k $19,892 $20,204
    $110,001+ $21,186 $21,518
  • Pittsburg State University

    Pittsburg
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $7,298 $7,338
    Room and Board $7,778 $7,996
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,826 $3,918
    Total $19,902 $20,252
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,638 $10,825
    $30,001 - $48k $11,973 $12,184
    $48,001 - $75k $15,056 $15,321
    $75,001 - $110k $16,826 $17,122
    $110,001+ $17,111 $17,412
  • Washburn University

    Topeka
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,312 $8,704
    Room and Board $9,144 $9,399
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,600
    Total $22,056 $22,703
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,054 $11,378
    $30,001 - $48k $12,850 $13,227
    $48,001 - $75k $15,492 $15,946
    $75,001 - $110k $16,782 $17,274
    $110,001+ $17,138 $17,641
  • Wichita State University

    Wichita
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $8,270 $8,298
    Room and Board $11,252 $12,620
    Books $1,250 $1,250
    Other Expenses $3,270 $3,270
    Total $24,042 $25,438
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,642 $12,318
    $30,001 - $48k $12,543 $13,271
    $48,001 - $75k $14,386 $15,221
    $75,001 - $110k $16,620 $17,585
    $110,001+ $17,634 $18,658

Private KS Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Baker University

    Baldwin City
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,830 $29,880
    Room and Board $8,310 $8,350
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $5,070 $5,100
    Total $44,410 $44,530
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,825 $18,876
    $30,001 - $48k $19,042 $19,093
    $48,001 - $75k $21,800 $21,859
    $75,001 - $110k $25,852 $25,922
    $110,001+ $25,303 $25,371
  • Benedictine College

    Atchison
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,530 $30,530
    Room and Board $10,000 $10,450
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,120 $4,200
    Total $44,850 $46,380
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,742 $19,381
    $30,001 - $48k $18,932 $19,578
    $48,001 - $75k $20,810 $21,520
    $75,001 - $110k $23,219 $24,011
    $110,001+ $25,370 $26,235
  • Bethany College

    Lindsborg
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $27,850 $29,565
    Room and Board $10,605 $13,100
    Books $625 $810
    Other Expenses $5,939 $6,119
    Total $45,019 $49,594
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,943 $26,376
    $30,001 - $48k $21,926 $24,154
    $48,001 - $75k $21,491 $23,675
    $75,001 - $110k $27,066 $29,817
    $110,001+ $0 $0
  • Bethel College-North Newton

    North Newton
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,540 $29,390
    Room and Board $9,400 $9,530
    Books $750 $700
    Other Expenses $4,075 $4,383
    Total $42,765 $44,003
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,214 $20,799
    $30,001 - $48k $20,283 $20,870
    $48,001 - $75k $18,732 $19,274
    $75,001 - $110k $22,435 $23,084
    $110,001+ $23,983 $24,677
  • Central Christian College of Kansas

    McPherson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $20,350 $20,450
    Room and Board $6,360 $7,160
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,570 $2,570
    Total $30,280 $31,180
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,401 $16,888
    $30,001 - $48k $11,105 $11,435
    $48,001 - $75k $12,436 $12,806
    $75,001 - $110k $15,573 $16,036
    $110,001+ $14,887 $15,329
  • Friends University

    Wichita
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,415 $29,394
    Room and Board $7,972 $7,980
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $4,000 $4,000
    Total $41,887 $42,874
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,294 $18,725
    $30,001 - $48k $18,725 $19,166
    $48,001 - $75k $19,583 $20,044
    $75,001 - $110k $21,691 $22,202
    $110,001+ $24,184 $24,754
  • Newman University

    Wichita
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $30,750 $31,906
    Room and Board $8,326 $8,646
    Books $1,006 $1,268
    Other Expenses $3,906 $3,964
    Total $43,988 $45,784
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,069 $17,766
    $30,001 - $48k $15,327 $15,953
    $48,001 - $75k $14,200 $14,780
    $75,001 - $110k $16,176 $16,836
    $110,001+ $18,970 $19,745
  • Kansas Wesleyan University

    Salina
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,500 $29,820
    Room and Board $9,500 $9,800
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,000 $2,000
    Total $42,200 $42,820
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,980 $20,274
    $30,001 - $48k $19,972 $20,265
    $48,001 - $75k $24,180 $24,535
    $75,001 - $110k $22,135 $22,460
    $110,001+ $23,566 $23,912
  • McPherson College

    McPherson
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,951 $30,077
    Room and Board $8,411 $9,063
    Books $1,420 $1,420
    Other Expenses $3,336 $3,438
    Total $42,118 $43,998
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,358 $24,401
    $30,001 - $48k $18,674 $19,508
    $48,001 - $75k $22,187 $23,177
    $75,001 - $110k $25,863 $27,017
    $110,001+ $26,711 $27,903
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University

    Olathe
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $29,736 $31,786
    Room and Board $8,708 $9,012
    Books $1,514 $1,514
    Other Expenses $6,454 $6,454
    Total $46,412 $48,766
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,359 $26,645
    $30,001 - $48k $21,436 $22,523
    $48,001 - $75k $23,293 $24,474
    $75,001 - $110k $26,038 $27,359
    $110,001+ $30,959 $32,529
  • Ottawa University-Ottawa

    Ottawa
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $30,050 $30,805
    Room and Board $10,320 $10,995
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $2,990 $2,990
    Total $44,460 $45,890
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,102 $20,749
    $30,001 - $48k $22,127 $22,839
    $48,001 - $75k $25,487 $26,307
    $75,001 - $110k $27,807 $28,701
    $110,001+ $27,270 $28,147
  • University of Saint Mary

    Leavenworth
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,810 $29,880
    Room and Board $8,540 $8,540
    Books $2,550 $2,550
    Other Expenses $1,970 $1,970
    Total $41,870 $42,940
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,127 $17,565
    $30,001 - $48k $18,122 $18,585
    $48,001 - $75k $20,192 $20,708
    $75,001 - $110k $21,605 $22,157
    $110,001+ $24,433 $25,057
  • Southwestern College

    Winfield
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $30,150 $31,650
    Room and Board $7,760 $8,110
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $5,899 $6,317
    Total $44,809 $47,077
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,411 $23,545
    $30,001 - $48k $19,499 $20,486
    $48,001 - $75k $22,785 $23,938
    $75,001 - $110k $26,221 $27,548
    $110,001+ $26,569 $27,914
  • Sterling College

    Sterling
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $26,000 $27,300
    Room and Board $8,506 $8,442
    Books $1,200 $1,220
    Other Expenses $1,600 $3,516
    Total $37,306 $40,478
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,298 $17,684
    $30,001 - $48k $17,683 $19,187
    $48,001 - $75k $19,457 $21,111
    $75,001 - $110k $22,423 $24,330
    $110,001+ $24,144 $26,197
  • Tabor College

    Hillsboro
    Year 2018-19 2019-20
    Tuition and Fees $28,260 $29,360
    Room and Board $9,850 $9,975
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,450 $3,705
    Total $43,760 $44,240
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,218 $21,451
    $30,001 - $48k $22,858 $23,109
    $48,001 - $75k $24,872 $25,145
    $75,001 - $110k $25,492 $25,772
    $110,001+ $26,018 $26,303
 

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