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Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of an education at the University of Kansas is competitive with other top programs in the U.S. 

Tuition and Fees

Your respiratory care course work will provide 60 credit hours toward the university's requirement of 120 total credit hours to fulfill bachelor's degree. View current tuition rates and required campus fees for our program, as well as requirements for establishing Kansas residency, from the Registrar's Office. 


Other Expenses

  • Background check and drug screen: One-time fee, paid by student at time of acceptance directly to reporting agency, $43.00.
  • Textbooks: Estimate $1,309.00 per year, or $2,618.00 for the two-year program.
  • AARC student membership $25.00 per year.
  • Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMC), $190.00, and Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE), $200.00.
  • Laptop meeting the program’s technical requirements, including software, hardware, support, and maintenance needs and costs.
  • Provision and proof of health insurance prior to enrollment. KU offers a health insurance plan option to students at a reasonable cost.
  • Additional drug screening, if needed, to participate at clinical sites.
  • Associated management internship costs, expenses vary by location.

**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.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. We encourage students to complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for federal aid. To complete the FAFSA, please visit the FAFSA application site and provide the school code for the University of Kansas: 001948.

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 priority deadline is March 1. After the priority deadline, any remaining financial aid will be awarded as available. Some grants and low-interest loans have limited funding.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities from KU School of Health Professions. A completed yearly FAFSA application is needed to be considered for financial aid and scholarships.

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 is completed.

Advising and Questions

Do you have a question about KU's Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care? Are you interested in scheduling a tour? Contact Ashley Barry (, on-campus student coordinator for the respiratory care bachelor's degree program, for academic advising or answers to any of your questions.

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