Tuition + Fees

Complete Cost

Academic Year Academic Year
2022-2023 2023-2024
Annual Tuition (12-18 credits) $41,174 $42,000
Per Semester $20,587 $21,000
Summer Tuition $440 per credit $440 per credit
Summer Department Fee $34 per credit $34 per credit
Tuition Exchange
Department Fee (12-18 credits) $500 per semester $500 per semester

Housing + Food Plans

Academic Year Academic Year
2022-2023 2023-2024
Double Room $8,900 $9,170
Per Semester $4,450 $4,585
Wylie Dining Resident Food Plans
14 meals per week plan
Includes $125 dining dollars annually, $62.50 per semester*
$3,210 $3,340
Per Semester $1,605 $1,670
19 meals per week plan
Includes $200 dining dollars annually, $100 per semester*
$3,586 $3,730
Per Semester $1,793 $1,865
Non-Resident Food Plan
45 meals per semester plan
Includes $250 dining dollars per semester*
$607.50 $630
75 meals per semester plan
Includes $250 dining dollars per semester*
$822.50 $855
115 meals per semester plan
Includes $250 dining dollars per semester*
$1,090 $1,135

*Dining dollars are for use at Café Nerman

A $50 non-refundable Barabara Marshall Residence Hall (BMRH) application fee is required for all students residing on campus, in addition to their application and room preference form.

Additional Fees

Academic Year
2022-2023 2023-2024
Central Shop Orientation (for Foundation students only) $25 fall semester
Technology Fee $300 per semester $300 per semester
Major Fees (all departments) $400 per semester
Health and Wellness Fee* $75 per semester $75 per semester
Late Registration Fee** $200 $200

*The health and wellness fee is paid each semester by all students. The fees collected are used to provide access to medical and mental health resources, as well as general wellness programs and resources for all students.
**Students who are dropped for non-payment and re-registered

Estimated Cost of Attendance Living On-Campus

Academic Year Academic Year
2022-2023 2023-2024
Direct Billable Costs
Annual Tuition (12-18 credits) $41,174 $42,000
Major Fee (all departments) $800
Technology Fee $600 $600
Health and Wellness Fee $150 $150
BMRH Double Room $8,900 $9,170
BMRH 14 Food Plan $3,210 $3,340
Indirect Costs
Students are billed directly for a 14 or 19 food plan of their choice. This additional food allowance estimate provides students with the ability to budget for 21 meals per week. $882
Books + Supplies $1,000 $800
Personal Expenses $2,500 $1,300
Transportation $1,000 $750
Estimated Cost of Attendance $56,534 $59,792

Estimated Cost of Attendance Living Off-Campus

Academic Year Academic Year
2022-2023 2023-2024
Direct Billable Costs
Annual Tuition (12-18 credits) $41,174 $42,000
Technology Fee $600 $600
Major Fee (all departments) $800
Health and Wellness Fee $150 $150
Indirect Costs
Room + Food $9,000 $10,000
Books + Supplies $1,000 $800
Personal Expenses $2,500 $1,700
Transportation $1,000 $1,600
Estimated Cost of Attendance $55,424 $57,650

Estimated Cost of Attendance Living With Parent/Guardian

Academic Year Academic Year
2022-2023 2023-2024
Annual Tuition (12-18 credits) $41,174 $42,000
Technology Fee $600 $600
Major Fee (all departments) $800
Health and Wellness Fee $150 $150
Indirect Costs
Room + Food $3,500 $2,600
Books + Supplies $1,000 $800
Personal Expenses $2,500 $1,300
Transportation $1,000 $1,600
Estimated Cost of Attendance $49,924 $49,850

KCAI'S estimated annual cost of attendance budgets also include average student loan origination fees based on the student's academic grade level.  If you applied for federal student aid, the following loan origination fee amounts will be included in your estimated cost of attendance budgets even if you choose not to borrow from the direct loan program.

First Year Student $58
Sophomore $68
Junior & Senior $80

GradGuard's Tuition Protection Plan

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We believe it’s important to offer an easy, affordable way to protect the investment your family has made in higher education. That’s why Kansas City Art Institute has partnered with GradGuard to provide our families with tuition insurance featuring modern-day benefits and rates available through school partnerships.

This policy complements the scope of your school’s refund policy by aiding in the reimbursement for tuition, room and board and other fees for covered withdrawals at any time during the semester. Plans also include Student Life Assistance: a 24-hour emergency hotline that offers students and parents even greater peace of mind.

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