Complete Costs

Costs of attending KCAI, which include tuition and fees, room and board and books and supplies are the primary expenses associated with higher education. Other costs that may vary from student to student include transportation and personal expenses.

2015-2016 costs 

Tuition Deposit

Accepted students who plan to enroll at KCAI for the fall or spring semesters are required to pay a $250 tuition deposit to hold their seats. This deposit is applied to tuition when a student enrolls and is refundable until May 1 for fall enrollment or January 15 for spring enrollment. 

Tuition and fees

$17,560 per semester, $35,120 per year for full-time students (12 to 18 credit hours per semester).
For students taking more than 18 credit hours, there is an additional charge of $1,465 per credit hour or $735 per 1/2 credit hour.

Part-time students

$1,465 per credit hour for part-time students (fewer than 12 credit hours).

KCASE and tuition exchange students

For full time students (12 to 18 credit hours), $0 tuition and $500 exchange studio fee.
For part time students (fewer than 12 credit hours), $0 tuition and $50 exchange studio fee per credit hour.

Living Center deposit

A $230 Living Center deposit is required for all accepted students residing in the Living Center along with their Living Center Application and Room preferences. This deposit remains on file until the student vacates the Living Center at the end of the year when $200 of the deposit is returned to the student less any incurred damages.

On-campus room and board

  Per semester Per year
Triple room $4,595 $9,190
Double room $5,120 $10,240
Single room $6,695 $13,390

Living Center parking

The parking fee is $200 per year; applicable only to students residing in the Living Center with a vehicle. Students residing in the Living Center not wishing to purchase the parking pass can still bring a vehicle but will not have an assigned space.

Books and supplies

Estimated costs: $1,000 per semester and $2,000 per year

Personal expenses and transportation

Estimated costs: $2,125 per semester and $4,250 per year

Total = tuition/fees + room/board + books/supplies + personal/transportation

Meal plans

Students not residing in the Living Center may purchase meal plans as follows: 10 meals per week for $935 per semester or five meals per week for $495 per semester.

Other costs (per semester)

Late registration fee (starting 10 days prior to first day of class) – $200

All students pay a $75 per semester technology fee.

Animation – majors – $62

Central Shop (foundation student orientation) – $20

Ceramics – majors – $487
Ceramics – electives – $152
Ceramics – glass fee – $110

Digital filmmaking – majors – $102 
Digital filmmaking – electives – $52

Fiber – majors – $197
Fiber – electives – $97

Graphic design – majors – $102
Graphic design – electives – $52

Illustration – majors – $102
Illustration – electives – $52

Liberal arts audit fee – $240 (per credit hour)
Liberal arts "Globalization in History" class – $27

Painting – majors – $62
Painting – electives – $32

Photography – majors – $197
Photography – electives – $102

Printmaking – sophomore majors – $122
Printmaking – junior and senior majors – $112
Printmaking – electives – $80

Sculpture – majors – $204
Sculpture – electives – $174
Sculpture – special elective (Toward a Green Sculpture) – $125

Technology fee – $75 (all students)


Social Practice certificate classes will be charged the applicable fee associated with the sponsoring department.

Students who are minors in a department, or who are enrolled under major plus or special status, will be charged a fee equal to the major fee for that department.

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