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Costs and Financial Aid

At the University of Kansas, quality education is within your reach. Learn about costs and financial aid for our post-professional occupational therapy degree program.

The cost of an education at the University of Kansas is competitive with other top doctoral programs in occupational therapy. See below for tuition, fees and other information, in addition to financial aid and scholarship resources.

The amounts listed below are based on the KU Comprehensive Fee Schedule. This is provided as a guide only and is not an official quote of costs. All figures are subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas.

Estimated Costs

Because the post-professional program is delivered entirely online, all students are considered Kansas residents for the purpose of tuition, regardless of your actual physical location. The table below offers estimates of the tuition and fees you can expect to pay for the program. You pay tuition and fees at the beginning of each semester.

Graduate tuition, online courses

$442.20 per credit hour

36 credit hours


Occupational therapy course fee

$121.55 per credit hour

36 credit hours


E-learning course fee

$100.00 per credit hour

36 credit hours


Campus fees, online student

$168.49 per semester

Number of semesters to complete degree varies *


Estimated total


* Students in this program typically take one or two courses per semester. If you take one course per semester, including summer, it will take four years to complete the program. For this guide, 12 semesters are used in the calculation of campus fees for the total cost to complete the degree.

Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.


In addition to scholarships available from the School of Health Professions, our department awards the following scholarships.

Jennings Nadine Hardesty Scholarship
This scholarship is available in the form of need-based grants for students currently enrolled in an academic program in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education.

Karen Bloyd Jones Professional Development Award
This award provides direct financial support for students currently in an academic program in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education. It may support participation in national or regional meetings or conferences, research presentations, and/or student leadership opportunities.

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.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities from KU School of Health Professions.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who qualify.

Federal assistance includes the following:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Direct Loans (subsidized, unsubsidized, Parent PLUS)

The School of Health Professions provides a number of scholarship award opportunities for currently enrolled students.

KU Medical Center provides information about additional grants and scholarships which may be available. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid with questions or for assistance. 

Get Started: Apply for Financial Aid

To complete the FAFSA, visit the FAFSA application site and provide the school code for the University of Kansas: 001948.

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. 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 admission to KU has been completed.

"KU’s program prepares students to not only be quality occupational therapists, but also lifelong learners and leaders in their field. During the pandemic closure, my education and training from KU helped me not only transition to telehealth services, but also to support and lead others in best practices, and to seek out new resources and learning opportunities to grow as a practitioner."
KU School of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy Education
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd  MS2003
Kansas City, KS 66160
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