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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 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for 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 $17,657 and the average private school would be $22,461. 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 seemed 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 our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Kansas Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. 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 (2017-18)
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 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. 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 $21,530 KS Private $40,937
$0 - $30k $11,699 $19,881
$30,001 – $48k $12,599 $19,454
$48,001 – $75k $15,002 $20,839
$75,001 – $110k $17,657 $22,461
$110,001+ $18,117 $25,033

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 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $6,345 $6,758
    Room and Board $8,684 $8,910
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,410 $3,420
    Total $19,439 $20,088
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,687 $11,044
    $30,001 - $48k $11,947 $12,346
    $48,001 - $75k $14,226 $14,701
    $75,001 - $110k $16,424 $16,972
    $110,001+ $16,611 $17,166
  • Fort Hays State University

    Hays
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $5,009 $5,130
    Room and Board $7,894 $8,034
    Books $1,080 $1,080
    Other Expenses $3,848 $3,804
    Total $17,831 $18,048
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,980 $10,101
    $30,001 - $48k $10,310 $10,435
    $48,001 - $75k $12,327 $12,477
    $75,001 - $110k $14,771 $14,951
    $110,001+ $15,076 $15,259
  • University of Kansas

    Lawrence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,824 $11,148
    Room and Board $10,276 $11,262
    Books $1,080 $1,076
    Other Expenses $3,126 $3,080
    Total $25,306 $26,566
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,953 $14,648
    $30,001 - $48k $14,852 $15,591
    $48,001 - $75k $17,136 $17,989
    $75,001 - $110k $21,847 $22,935
    $110,001+ $22,738 $23,870
  • Kansas State University

    Manhattan
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,135 $10,383
    Room and Board $9,430 $9,680
    Books $866 $866
    Other Expenses $3,908 $3,994
    Total $24,339 $24,923
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,281 $14,624
    $30,001 - $48k $14,900 $15,258
    $48,001 - $75k $17,246 $17,660
    $75,001 - $110k $19,938 $20,416
    $110,001+ $21,235 $21,745
  • Pittsburg State University

    Pittsburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,100 $7,298
    Room and Board $7,700 $7,778
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,766 $3,826
    Total $19,566 $19,902
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,138 $10,312
    $30,001 - $48k $11,622 $11,822
    $48,001 - $75k $14,785 $15,039
    $75,001 - $110k $16,683 $16,969
    $110,001+ $17,023 $17,315
  • Washburn University

    Topeka
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $7,978 $8,312
    Room and Board $7,890 $9,144
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $3,600 $3,600
    Total $20,468 $22,056
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,531 $11,348
    $30,001 - $48k $11,584 $12,483
    $48,001 - $75k $14,437 $15,557
    $75,001 - $110k $16,277 $17,540
    $110,001+ $16,034 $17,278
  • Wichita State University

    Wichita
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,432 $8,270
    Room and Board $10,000 $11,252
    Books $1,000 $1,250
    Other Expenses $4,326 $3,270
    Total $23,758 $24,042
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,321 $12,468
    $30,001 - $48k $12,975 $13,130
    $48,001 - $75k $14,857 $15,035
    $75,001 - $110k $17,660 $17,871
    $110,001+ $18,105 $18,321

Private KS Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Baker University

    Baldwin City
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,960 $29,830
    Room and Board $9,146 $8,310
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,974 $5,070
    Total $44,280 $44,410
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,293 $18,347
    $30,001 - $48k $20,258 $20,317
    $48,001 - $75k $20,305 $20,365
    $75,001 - $110k $22,387 $22,453
    $110,001+ $24,187 $24,258
  • Benedictine College

    Atchison
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,480 $29,530
    Room and Board $9,950 $10,000
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,720 $4,120
    Total $43,350 $44,850
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,424 $21,131
    $30,001 - $48k $19,755 $20,439
    $48,001 - $75k $21,783 $22,537
    $75,001 - $110k $23,339 $24,147
    $110,001+ $26,580 $27,500
  • Bethany College

    Lindsborg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,922 $27,850
    Room and Board $10,075 $10,605
    Books $600 $625
    Other Expenses $5,366 $5,939
    Total $42,963 $45,019
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $29,549 $30,963
    $30,001 - $48k $29,549 $30,963
    $48,001 - $75k $29,549 $30,963
    $75,001 - $110k $29,549 $30,963
    $110,001+ $29,224 $30,623
  • Bethel College-North Newton

    North Newton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,720 $28,540
    Room and Board $9,270 $9,400
    Books $1,000 $750
    Other Expenses $4,050 $4,075
    Total $42,040 $42,765
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,522 $22,910
    $30,001 - $48k $22,015 $22,395
    $48,001 - $75k $18,610 $18,931
    $75,001 - $110k $22,272 $22,656
    $110,001+ $39,503 $40,184
  • Central Christian College of Kansas

    McPherson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,240 $20,350
    Room and Board $8,220 $6,360
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,570 $2,570
    Total $29,030 $30,280
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,178 $12,702
    $30,001 - $48k $11,695 $12,199
    $48,001 - $75k $12,711 $13,258
    $75,001 - $110k $10,429 $10,878
    $110,001+ $12,705 $13,252
  • Friends University

    Wichita
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,565 $28,415
    Room and Board $7,734 $7,972
    Books $1,000 $1,500
    Other Expenses $4,000 $4,000
    Total $40,299 $41,887
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,963 $16,592
    $30,001 - $48k $14,409 $14,977
    $48,001 - $75k $18,854 $19,597
    $75,001 - $110k $19,093 $19,845
    $110,001+ $21,056 $21,886
  • Newman University

    Wichita
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $29,200 $30,750
    Room and Board $8,022 $8,326
    Books $986 $1,006
    Other Expenses $3,786 $3,906
    Total $41,994 $43,988
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,579 $11,081
    $30,001 - $48k $11,121 $11,649
    $48,001 - $75k $12,932 $13,546
    $75,001 - $110k $17,272 $18,092
    $110,001+ $17,596 $18,432
  • Kansas Wesleyan University

    Salina
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,980 $29,500
    Room and Board $8,950 $9,500
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,774 $2,000
    Total $42,904 $42,200
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,928 $23,535
    $30,001 - $48k $22,393 $22,026
    $48,001 - $75k $26,419 $25,985
    $75,001 - $110k $25,010 $24,600
    $110,001+ $27,658 $27,204
  • McPherson College

    McPherson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,823 $28,951
    Room and Board $8,312 $8,411
    Books $1,420 $1,420
    Other Expenses $3,556 $3,336
    Total $41,111 $42,118
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,554 $20,033
    $30,001 - $48k $18,670 $19,127
    $48,001 - $75k $20,566 $21,070
    $75,001 - $110k $23,339 $23,911
    $110,001+ $25,372 $25,993
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University

    Olathe
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $29,670 $29,736
    Room and Board $8,138 $8,708
    Books $1,490 $1,514
    Other Expenses $2,744 $6,454
    Total $42,042 $46,412
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,862 $19,719
    $30,001 - $48k $20,033 $22,115
    $48,001 - $75k $16,327 $18,024
    $75,001 - $110k $24,125 $26,633
    $110,001+ $27,006 $29,813
  • Ottawa University-Ottawa

    Ottawa
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,550 $30,050
    Room and Board $9,770 $10,320
    Books $1,100 $1,100
    Other Expenses $2,990 $2,990
    Total $42,410 $44,460
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $22,348 $23,428
    $30,001 - $48k $24,383 $25,562
    $48,001 - $75k $24,555 $25,742
    $75,001 - $110k $27,057 $28,365
    $110,001+ $27,781 $29,124
  • University of Saint Mary

    Leavenworth
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,720 $28,810
    Room and Board $8,140 $8,540
    Books $2,550 $2,550
    Other Expenses $1,830 $1,970
    Total $40,240 $41,870
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,797 $21,639
    $30,001 - $48k $16,656 $17,331
    $48,001 - $75k $20,342 $21,166
    $75,001 - $110k $21,976 $22,866
    $110,001+ $22,546 $23,459
  • Southwestern College

    Winfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,750 $30,150
    Room and Board $7,520 $7,760
    Books $1,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $5,551 $5,899
    Total $42,821 $44,809
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,401 $22,395
    $30,001 - $48k $20,687 $21,647
    $48,001 - $75k $23,164 $24,239
    $75,001 - $110k $24,776 $25,926
    $110,001+ $25,835 $27,034
  • Sterling College

    Sterling
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $24,985 $26,000
    Room and Board $8,330 $8,506
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,600 $1,600
    Total $36,115 $37,306
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,681 $18,264
    $30,001 - $48k $19,219 $19,853
    $48,001 - $75k $21,155 $21,853
    $75,001 - $110k $20,728 $21,412
    $110,001+ $22,732 $23,482
  • Tabor College

    Hillsboro
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $27,220 $28,260
    Room and Board $9,581 $9,850
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $4,450 $4,450
    Total $42,451 $43,760
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $25,140 $25,915
    $30,001 - $48k $20,969 $21,616
    $48,001 - $75k $25,317 $26,098
    $75,001 - $110k $25,564 $26,352
    $110,001+ $25,714 $26,507
 

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