Tuition + Fees

Tuition + Fees

To help determine the amount and/or type of financial aid that best suits you, see the complete 2018-2019 tuition and fees to attend KCAI outlined below.

For full-time students (12 to 18 credit hours per semester) KCAI tuition is $18,950 per semester or $37,900 per year. For students taking more than 18 credit hours, there is an additional charge of $1,510 per credit hour. 

Part-time Students

For students taking fewer than 12 hours, KCAI charges $1,510 per credit hour.

Summer Tuition

Summer intersession tuition is $440 per credit hour. Studio courses have a studio fee of $34/credit hour and may require an additional material fee (based on the course).

KCASE + Tuition Exchange Students

For full-time students, there is a $500 exchange studio fee per semester. For part-time students, there is a $50 exchange studio fee per credit hour per semester.

Living Center Deposit

A $230 Living Center deposit is required for all students residing on campus in the Living Center in addition to their Living Center application and room preferences. When the student moves out for the year, $200 of the deposit is returned to the student less any incurred damages.

On-Campus Room + Board (includes 19 meals/week)

Per semester Per year
Triple Room $4,650 $9,300
Double Room $5,200 $10,400
Single Room $6,750 $13,500

Living Center Parking

Students with cars may purchase a reserved parking space on campus for $200 per year. We recommend reserving a space for greater convenience to classes, studios, and lab facilities.

Students residing in the Living Center who do not wish to purchase the parking pass can still bring a vehicle but will not have a reserved space. Street parking around campus is available, although unpredictable.

Meal Plans

Students not residing in the Living Center may purchase meal plans as follows

  • 10 meals per week for $935 per semester
  • 5 meals per week for $495 per semester

Other Potential Costs Per Semester

Major Major Fee Elective Fee Other Fees
Animation $75  $75
Ceramics $490 $155
$265 (Glass fee)
Filmmaking $150 $150
Fiber $200 $100
Foundation $65 N/A
Graphic Design $105 $55
Illustration $110 $55
Liberal Arts  No fee  No fee
$250/hour audit fee “Globalization in History” class $30
Painting $65 $35
Photography $150 $150
Printmaking $125 $85
Interactive Arts $75 $75
Sculpture $205 $175
  • Art History major – $15 (per semester)
  • Central Shop (foundation student orientation) – $25 fall semester only
  • Technology fee – $250 (per semester)
  • Graduation fee – $50
  • Late registration fee (students who are dropped for non-payment and re-register) – $200


KCAI’s estimated annual cost of attendance is:

  • Books and Supplies – $1,500
  • Living with Parents room and board – $0
  • Off campus room and board – $7,500
  • Personal Expenses – $1,000
  • Transportation – $1,500