Many of the questions asked by prospective students are similar. Common questions and their answers are summarized below, in the hope that this will aid in your decision-making!
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for federal aid or scholarships administered through the Department of Student Financial Aid. The Department of Occupational Therapy Education may have teaching assistantships or stipends available for in-coming students, though the availability varies from year to year. Students interested in an assistantship should request an application form from the department. Employment opportunities exist to help offset the cost of education.
KU Medical Center does not have student housing. Students live in apartments or rooms in the surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Real Estate with Honors provides listings of available off-campus housing.
Tuition and fees are set each year by KU and the Kansas Board of Regents. For this year's figures, please visit the Office of the Registrar. Tuition payment is due at the beginning of each semester. International students are required to show evidence of available resources in order to support the costs of study at KU (tuition, fees, housing, living expenses).
Paper copies of the catalog are no longer available. The catalog is available online at catalogs.ku.edu.
The Office of International Programs may help answer many questions. Please contact the office to help find answers to questions related to being an international student in Kansas City.
There are a series of forms and approvals that are necessary in order to obtain an F-1 student visa. When the student is accepted into the program, the student must provide documentation that they have sufficient financial resources to support their living and education expenses. Once this documentation is received, the department submits a Request for I-20 form through the approval channels. Once that request is approved, it is sent to the student in their home country. The student takes that form to the U.S. consulate, and obtains an F-1 (student) visa which permits them to study in the U.S.
In order to be considered for admission, students who are not native English speakers must take the TOEFL and earn a sufficient score to be eligible for admission. This requirement is waived for non-native English speakers who have earned at least a bachelor's degree from an institution in the U.S.
Please contact us by e-mail if you have further questions, or if we can help to clarify any of these answers!
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 admission application deadline for the intended program is after March 1, students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and KU financial aid documents by the March 1 priority deadline. These documents are required for students intending to enter a program this year. Some financial aid grants and low interest loans have limited funding. If you apply for financial aid 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 and KU Medical Center financial aid application process must be completed annually.
University of Kansas students receiving financial aid while on the Lawrence campus must re-apply through the KU Medical Center financial aid office, because financial assistance will not be transferred from the Lawrence campus to programs in the School of Health Professions.
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.