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Tuition and Fees

The cost of an education at the University of Kansas is very competitive with other top respiratory care bachelor's degree programs in the U.S.

Prior to entering this program, two years of undergraduate course work is required. The respiratory care course work will provide 60 credit hours toward the university's requirement of 120 total credit hours to fulfill bachelor's degree requirements at KU.

The figures provided here apply only to the on-campus bachelor’s degree program. The amounts below do not consitute a quote and should be used as a guide only.

Undergraduate tuition, Kansas resident

$342.14 per credit hour
* Nonresident tuition is $891.14 per credit hour

60 credit hours to complete degree


Respiratory Care course fees

$55.45 per credit hour

60 credit hours to complete degree


KU Medical Center campus fees

$421.77 per fall/spring semester

4 semesters to complete degree


KU Medical Center campus fees

$63.00 per summer semester

1 semester to complete degree


Estimated total KU tuition and fees


Other Expenses:

Background check

One-time fee, paid by student at time of acceptance directly to reporting agency




$1,309.00 (estimate)

2 years in program


AARC student membership

No cost (normally $50.00 per year)

2 years in program


Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Exam

First-time examination fee



Tuition and fees are established by the Kansas Board of Regents, the University of Kansas, and KU Medical Center, and are subject to change at any time without notice.

Transfer Students: A maximum of 64 credit hours may be transferred to the program from another academic institution. However, 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. The cost to the student for this conversion is $12.50 per course converted.

More Information

  • Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements. Students are responsible for all costs associated with their computer including software, hardware, support, updates, and maintenance.
  • Students are responsible for providing proof of health insurance prior to enrollment. KU offers a health insurance plan option to students at a reasonable cost.
  • Students participating at clinical sites during the program may be required to undergo a drug screening and pay for those costs.
  • A management internship is required to complete the program. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the internship. Expenses vary by location.

See also: KU Medical Center tuition and fees, enrollment requirements, and academic calendar

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

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 available 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 admission to KU has been completed.

Last modified: Jan 26, 2021

Prospective Students

Applications are still open for the class beginning fall 2021.

The deadline for priority status was February 1. However, applications may be accepted after that date based on space available in the next class.

Learn about the program

Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Tuition and fees
KU Core Courses PDF document
Clinical Affiliates
How to apply
Frequently asked questions

Explore the opportunities in this program: Connect with an advisor today!

Karen Schell

Karen Schell, D.H. Sc, RRT-NPS
913-588-4633 (TTY 711)

Students currently enrolled on the KU Lawrence campus may also contact the KU Undergraduate Advising Center.