Scholarships and Financial Aid

Your education is the key to your future, but it must also be affordable. UMKC strives to offer a top-rate college experience at a reasonable cost. Three types of scholarships are available to students at UMKC: automatic (considered when applying to UMKC), competitive Scholarships through the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, and School of Education scholarships.


If you wish to receive financial aid assistance, you must be admitted to a degree-seeking program at UMKC and must enroll at least part-time. In order to qualify for scholarships and financial assistance, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can find more information about the types of aid through the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Tuition and Fees

Fees for coursework vary with the number of hours of enrollment; your undergraduate, graduate or professional school status; the term of enrollment; and the applicability of any special fees. You can find estimates of the Tuition and Fee Schedule on the UMKC Cashiers Office website. Missouri residents will be charged in-state fees.


Students who at the time of application are residents of one of the following Kansas counties may be eligible for the Metro Rate: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Wyandotte.


If you are a part-time student (which means one three credit hour course up to two three credit hour courses) in fall and spring semesters, and one class in summer semester), you will pay in-state tuition regardless of your residency.


For students planning to enroll full time who are residents of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texans and Wisconsin the Heartland Rate allows you to pay reduced out-of-state fees for certain UMKC programs.

Loan Forgiveness for Teachers and Public Service Employees

Public Service Loan Forgiveness – Forgives the remaining balance on Federal Direct Loans after 120 qualifying payments (10 years).


Teacher Loan Forgiveness – Forgives up to $17,500 of Direct or FFEL Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans after 5 complete and consecutive years of teaching at a qualifying school.


Perkins Loan Cancellation – Forgives up to 100% of Federal Perkins Loans for those teaching full-time at a low-income school, or teaching certain subjects.