Also referred to as a new freshman, this is a student who starts at KU immediately after graduating from high school or has never attended another college or postsecondary institution. Students who graduate from high school in spring and enroll at KU for fall of the same calendar year are first-time freshmen, regardless of the number of college or advanced placement credits earned.
Compact Tuition Rates
These are the fixed, four-year, per-credit-hour rates that first-time, degree-seeking freshmen, resident and nonresident, will pay. Each incoming first-time freshman class pays its unique fixed rate tuition for four years.
Standard Tuition Rates
These are the per-credit-hour rates that all KU resident and nonresident students, except first-time, degree-seeking freshmen, will pay. Since standard tuition rates are set annually by the Kansas Board of Regents, future standard tuition rates are unknown.
Required Campus Fees
These are campus fees, approved by and paid by all students, to support services and programs on campus, such as health, recreation, transportation and student activities.
Course Fees are an additional per-credit-hour charge that varies by school within the university to support academic programs and instruction in that specific school.
The compact offers first-time U.S. freshmen a fixed rate of tuition for four full years. There are no tuition rate increases for the time it takes a complete a bachelor's degree.
Match that four-year promise with KU's four-year renewable scholarship program for undergraduate students and you have a plan for making college affordable. Enjoy the peace of mind these programs offer so you can focus on your studies and your future career.
Students also pay campus fees which are set by the Student Senate and support student services and activities such as the health services center, the recreation and fitness center and the bus system.
Note: Participation in an internship or study abroad program does not prevent students from graduating within four years. In fact, students who study abroad while at KU have higher four-year graduation rates.
In 2010, KU implemented a fixed-rate, guaranteed tuition rate, beginning with those students entering the Pharm. D. program in fall 2010 (Pharm. D. class of 2014). The fixed-rate, guaranteed tuition for the four-year Pharm. D. program includes 100 percent of all tuition and fee-related charges: tuition, course fees, and campus fees. A new four-year rate will be set for each new incoming Pharm. D. class. That annual rate would remain unchanged for the four years of the Pharm. D. program.
A survey of Schools of Pharmacy in the Big 12 and selected schools in surrounding states shows that KU tuition and fees for first year resident Pharm. D. students are the very lowest in the group, while KU's National Institutes of Health ranking is the best and second highest nationwide.
Note: KU's Four-Year Tuition Compact only applies to first-time U.S. freshmen, not to transfer students.