Costs, Financial Aid and Scholarships

The cost of an education is affordable at the University of Kansas. Tuition, fees and other cost information can be found here, including financial aid and scholarship resources.

Tuition and fees vary depending on degree program, level of course and other factors. If you start your academic career at KU as a freshman, you can estimate your tuition costs at the Lawrence campus tuition site. Your tuition will remain constant as you continue your education at the KU Medical Center campus for your senior year. If you begin your education at an institution outside KU and transfer to KU, your tuition follows the KU Medical Center tuition structure (your fees are the same as KU students once you arrive to KU Medical Center). Graduate tuition is not the same as undergraduate tuition and does not fall under the KU tuition compact.

The amounts listed are general approximations for the current year and are provided as a guide only. All figures are subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas.


Barbara Reber Umlauf Scholarship
The Barbara Reber Umlauf Memorial Scholarship is a self-nominating scholarship, which is awarded each year to selected full-time students enrolled in the MOT program. The recipients must be members of the Student Occupational Therapy Association, have participated in both volunteer and work experiences, and have a competitive grade point average. Applications will be sent to students in the spring, and awarded in the following fall and spring semester.

Kathlyn ‘Kitty’ Reed Occupational Therapy Scholarship
Dr. Kathlyn ‘Kitty’ Reed established this scholarship to recognize a deserving occupational therapy student. The recipient must be an outstanding graduate student. This is not a self-nominating scholarship. The OT Scholarship Committee determines the recipient of this scholarship.

Ellen Roose Scholarship
The Ellen Roose Scholarship is for a deserving graduate teaching assistant occupational therapy student. This is not a self-nominating scholarship. The OT Scholarship Committee determines the scholarship recipient.

Susan Clark Maffei Scholarship
The Susan Clark Maffei Scholarship is a self-nominating scholarship specifically for Ph.D. or OTD students.  Applications will be sent to qualifying students in the spring, and awarded in the following fall and spring semester.

Andy Thompson Award
Established by the family of Andy Thompson, a KU OT graduate, the Andy Thompson Award is awarded to a third year graduating occupational therapy student. This is a self-nominating award. The recipient of this award must possess an interest in serving individuals with traumatic brain injury or psychiatric disabilities. Applications will be sent to qualifying students and the recipient awarded at graduation.

Community Internship Opportunity
Since the early 1990’s, the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education has collaborated with local organizations to provide graduate student internship opportunities which may be eligible for in-state tuition. Minds Matter, LLC is a local organization which provides cognitive and behavioral training and consulting while supporting trainers and therapists who work with people with disabilities within their communities. Students who are part of this paid internship work with men and women in individual home and community settings to meet independent living needs.

To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Currently a KU graduate-level student in the second or third year of the occupational therapy program.

  2. Availability to work 10-15 hours a week

  3. A non-resident of Kansas

For more information about this opportunity please contact the Department Occupational Therapy Education at 913-588-7195 or

See also: Scholarships offered by the School of Health Professions for current students

Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. Students should not wait to be accepted into an academic program to begin the financial aid process. Even if the application deadline for the intended program is later in the year, students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline. Some financial aid grants and low interest loans have limited funding. After the priority deadline, any remaining financial aid will be awarded as available.

Even if financial aid will not be requested, students are encouraged to file the FAFSA annually (same timeline as above). The School of Health Professions has scholarship funds (awarded in the spring for the next academic year starting in fall) for students based on merit, financial need, or both. The FAFSA enables the School to consider all scholarship funds available. The FAFSA must be completed annually.

The total financial aid award package, including scholarships, loans, or need-based aid, cannot be finalized until the student's application materials and fee have been received and acceptance to KU has been completed.

Last modified: Jun 24, 2013