We know cost is a significant factor in deciding whether ­­– and where – to pursue a degree. Here is your guide to UMKC costs, payment plans and whether you may qualify for a tuition discount.

Tuition Costs at UMKC and the School of Education

Several factors determine your tuition costs at UMKC. The number of credit hours you take, whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, where you’re from and other circumstances influence the price you pay.

At UMKC, we have several options for students to ensure they can attain a quality education for affordable prices. Let’s break it down.

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In-state Tuition

If you live in Missouri, you pay in-state tuition. However, tuition rates differ based on the type of degree you’re pursuing. Browse our undergraduate tuition rates and graduate tuition rates for a more accurate estimate.

Kansas Rate

It’s never been a better time for Kansas residents to attend UMKC.

If you’re an undergraduate student from Kansas, you’re eligible for our Kansas Rate. That means you’ll pay the same price as in-state students — no questions asked. That’s a cost savings* of nearly $14,000 each academic year — a huge savings.

Graduate students** from the following counties in Kansas also qualify for the Kansas Rate:

  • Atchison
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Johnson
  • Leavenworth
  • Miami
  • Osage
  • Shawnee
  • Wyandotte

If you have questions about the Kansas Rate or want to learn more, contact our admissions team at admit@umkc.edu.

* Savings amount of $14,000 is based on cost of tuition for full-time non-resident undergraduate students taking 30 credit hours annually.

** In-state rates are not in effect for graduate students pursuing professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law.

Heartland Rate

Kansas City is known to be a friendly city to neighbors close and far, which is why we also offer a special tuition discount known as the Heartland Rate to undergraduate students throughout the Midwest. Students from any of the following states are eligible to pay just 150% of our in-state rate, a savings of nearly $10,000 dollars each academic year*:

  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Questions about the Heartland Rate? Shoot an email to our admissions team at admit@umkc.edu.

* Savings amount of $10,000 is based on cost of tuition for full-time non-resident undergraduate students taking 30 credit hours annually. Graduate students are not eligible. If you are an undergraduate student currently receiving a discount through the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), you will now receive the Heartland discount. Some graduate and professional students are still eligible for the MSEP rate. Find out more about whether your program is included.

Out-of-state Tuition

For students from elsewhere across the U.S., you can more easily calculate tuition and fees by checking out out-of-state undergraduate rates and out-of-state graduate rates.

We’ll work with you to find any and all resources available to make your college experience affordable. We take pride in having a diverse campus culture, which means welcoming students from all corners of the world to make UMKC their new home away from home.

Fee Estimator

Once you determine the type of tuition you’ll likely pay, you can use our extremely helpful fee estimator to get a clearer picture. You simply select your school, enter whether you’re residential or non-residential, undergraduate or graduate and the number of credit hours you plan to take and you’ll quickly be given an itemized list of tuition costs and fees for one semester.

This information is, of course, subject to change, but it is one of the easiest ways to determine a more accurate cost estimate so you can ensure you’re well-prepared.

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Payment Schedule

No matter where you’re from, UMKC offers several options for paying your tuition. From payment schedules to different types of payments, we’re happy to work with you to come up with a plan that works for you.

Each academic year, the UMKC Cashiers and Collections Office releases a list of payment due dates for each semester. Not only does it take the burden off of having one lump-sum payment, but it allows you to plan ahead if you’re paying as you go.

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Payment Options

Debit or credit card? You can use it. Want to write a check? We accept those too. Have extra cash on-hand? Bring it on in.

No matter how you pay for tuition, there are several options designed with you in mind. Learn about all the different methods of payment to determine what works best for you!

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Tuition and Fee Refunds

There are a few instances in which you might be eligible for a refund. For example, if you change your class schedule and drop some classes, you’ll likely get a refund. However, if you have financial aid, be sure to speak with your financial aid advisor to see if dropping classes will have an impact on your awards.

Additionally, if you plan on paying your tuition with financial aid and/or scholarships, you may receive a refund after your tuition and fees are paid off.

Whatever your situation, it’s important to know about the different types of tuition and fee refunds before you enroll for classes. That way you know exactly what to expect.

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