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Costs and Financial Aid

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

Your respiratory care course work will provide 60 credit hours toward the university's requirement of 120 total credit hours to fulfill the bachelor's degree requirements.

* Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the NBRC exam

Transfer Students: A maximum of 64 credit hours may be transferred to the program from another academic institution. To graduate from KU, 45 credits must be from junior/senior-level course work. This means transfer students may need to convert at least 11 hours from an associate degree program to KU junior/senior level courses. Conversion cost to the student is $12.50 per course converted.

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Special MetroRate opportunity – Missouri students qualify for Kansas in-state tuition for specific academic programs, if they are residing in one of the following counties for the past 12 consecutive months at the time of your application: Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, or Ray. More details are available at the Office of the Registrar.

Applies to KU degree programs in athletic training, clinical laboratory science, genetic counseling, health information management and respiratory care.

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.

Kansas Resident Tuition

Undergraduate tuition

$359.30/credit hr

60 credit hours to complete degree

$21,558.00

RC course fees

$55.45 per credit hour

60 credit hours to complete degree

$3,327.00

Campus fees

$421.77 per semester

5 semesters *

$1,687.08

Estimated total for Kansas residents

$26,572.08

In-State Tuition Eligibility Requirements

Very specific requirements must be met to qualify for Kansas resident tuition rates. Learn more about the requirements. You can direct questions to the Office of the Registrar.

Non-Resident Tuition

Undergraduate tuition

$935.70 per credit hour

60 credit hours to complete degree

$56,142.00

RC course fees

$55.45 per credit hour

60 credit hours to complete degree

$3,327.00

Campus fees

$421.77 per semester

5 semesters *

$1,687.08

Estimated total for nonresidents

$61,156.08

* The program spans five consecutive semesters; campus fees are not assessed for the summer semester between years one and two.

Other Expenses

The following items are required for students, but are not paid directly to KU, and costs are not be determined by the program.


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.

Advising and Questions

photo of Alex LopezWe're here to answer questions and provide assistance as you explore the field of respiratory care! It is very important to contact us for advising as early as possible in your college career.

High school students, counselors and those in their early years of college study may contact Alex Lopez, our school's outreach and recruitment specialist, with questions at alopez12@kumc.edu or 913-588-1743 (711 TTY).

photo of Larry SteinIf you're interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in respiratory care at KU, please complete the program advising worksheet and then contact Lawrence Stein, M.S., RRT, clinical assistant professor and on-campus program coordinator, to schedule an advising session.

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1013
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-4630 • 711 TTY