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International costs

The cost of KU is competitive when compared to other comparably sized, public research institutions in the United States, particularly when you consider the value of a KU degree.

KU charges a per-credit-hour tuition rate, which varies according to a student’s field of study. Students also pay a set of required fees. Estimated non-resident, undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year range from $25,860 to $28,539. Living and other expenses are estimated at an additional $16,614 per academic year.

If you will be in F-1 or J-1 status, you will be asked do document a minimum amount of financial support for the first year when you apply. The amount will vary, depending upon your intended program of study. 

Cost sheet for Applied English Center (pdf)
Cost sheet for First Year (Freshman) (pdf)
Cost sheet for Transfers or Short-Term Exchange Programs (pdf)

For additional information about costs, please visit the main affordability page.  

International scholarships

KU offers a few partial scholarships for qualified, new international freshmen and transfer students admitted for fall semester. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete an online fall semester application by January 15.

Exception: Phi Theta Kappa members applying from within the United States must submit an online application for admission, including the confirmation of PTK membership form, by February 1, 2015.

The Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) screens candidates for a limited number of admissions scholarships. Awards are only offered to degree-seeking undergraduates whose first KU semesters are the fall semester. KU does not offer international student scholarships based on financial need. International undergraduate scholarships do not cover all expenses. Prior to issuance of the SEVIS document, students requesting F-1 or J-1 status must submit proof of financial support for the first year of study.

For consideration, complete the online application for admission. All required materials must be received by the DEADLINE.

KU International Undergraduate Admissions Scholarships
  • DEADLINE: January 15, 2015
  • Highly competitive, merit-based awards for new, international degree-seeking students with outstanding academic profiles and demonstrated leadership
  • Available to international freshmen or transfer students, whether studying outside or within the USA at the time of application
  • Amounts vary; may be renewable or non-renewable

Eligibility requirements for scholarships

Eligibility requirements for scholarships--Because we are able to offer only a limited number of scholarships, recipients are selected based upon their outstanding academic record and proven leadership from the top tier of applicants who have been admitted. Selection factors include:
  • Complete application for admission has been submitted by scholarship deadline of January 15
  • Grades--the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA or higher on the 4-point scale
  • Strong college preparatory academic curriculum, as evinced on transcripts and current schedule of courses in which the student is enrolled
  • High TOEFL or IELTS scores that fulfill minimum required for regular KU class enrollment
  • High SAT or ACT scores. Although SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to all majors, they are required for freshmen to be considered for scholarships. Providing SAT/ACT scores also enables your academic advisor to place you in the proper KU courses. Transfer students who have completed 24 transferrable credit hours at a US institution may be exempt from SAT or ACT scores.
  • Co-Curricular Summary, which includes a description of all your out-of-class activities, involvement in student organizations, leadership, service, and awards. Choose three activities and explain why they have been especially meaningful for you.
  • An essay of no more than 500 words about (a) Your personal and academic goals and how you hope to achieve them at KU; OR (b) Your field of study and specialized interests within this field; OR (c) The unique perspectives you hope to gain in the US and the ways, upon your return to your home country, you intend to use the skills, knowledge, and experience you gain here; OR (d) A topic of your choice. The essay must demonstrate writing and critical thinking skills
  • Three letters of reference or recommendation.
  • Additional scholarship forms may be distributed to students selected by IRUA for consideration.
Jayhawk Generation Scholarship

The deadline for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship is January 15. The Jayhawk Generation Scholarship is a competitive, renewable, merit-based award for freshman applicants only. Students must have a parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, or legal guardian who graduated with a degree from KU. A minimum combined SAT Math and SAT Critical Reading score of 1090 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24 is required. Students must have achieved a 3.5 GPA on a four-point score.

How to apply for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship

  1. Submit your complete application for admission and all supporting materials to IRUA by January 15.
  2. Submit official SAT combined Math & Critical Reading score of 1090 or a minimum ACT composite score of 24. Although SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission to all majors, they are required for you to be considered for the Jayhawk Generation Scholarship. Providing SAT/ACT scores also enhances your application for other scholarships and enables your advisor to place you in the proper KU courses.
  3. Achieve the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA on a four-point scale.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is a non-renewable, $500 award for Phi Theta Kappa members transferring from a U.S. community college. Students must have earned 36 credit hours and a 3.75 GPA on a four-point scale. Students must not have earned a bachelor’s degree.  The deadline is February 1. 

How to apply for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship:

  1. Submit your complete application for admission and all supporting materials by February 15. You must have completed 36 credit hours at a U.S. community college with a GPA of at least 3.75 on a four-point scale. You must not have earned a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Have your Phi Theta Kappa adviser submit the Confirmation of Membership Form (pdf).

Departmental Scholarships

Many KU academic departments also offer scholarships to students. After completion of one year of studies in your academic program, you may be eligible for competitive awards offered by your academic major department. You may check with the department for scholarship opportunities and eligibility criteria.

Outside Scholarships and Sponsors

Additional Information about Scholarships

International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) awards admissions scholarships for students who apply for the Fall semester as their initial semester.  We do not offer scholarships for spring or summer admission. 

More information for students who plan to pursue studies in the USA is available at the following websites:


Texas Regional Representative
469-298-0897
St. Louis Regional Representative
314-696-2473
Admissions Representative
785-864-5416
Admissions Representative
785-864-5410
Admissions Representative
785-864-5213
Southern California Regional Representative
619-501-5453
Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative
785-550-5984
Transfer Admissions Representative
785-864-5408
Admissions Representative
785-864-5411
Colorado Regional Representative
719-344-9986
Admissions Representative
785-864-5424
Admissions Representative
785-864-5444
Transfer Admissions Representative
785-864-2617
International Admissions Representative
Chicago Regional Representative
773-595-5958
Admissions Representative
785-864-5370
Chicago Regional Representative
785-331-5759
Minnesota Regional Representative
612-387-7034
Admissions Representative
785-864-3920
Admissions Representative
785-864-5407