Payment Options


There are several options for paying tuition and other student fees. If you need assistance or have any questions about your payments, please contact the Financial Aid Office regarding loans, scholarships, grants, and work study at or call 816-802-3337. Please contact the Business Office regarding tuition and fee charges as well as payment at or 816-802-3500.

The Student Account Center (SAC) is a service KCAI provides to help manage educational expenses in a one-stop, real-time environment administered by Nelnet Campus Commerce. This online portal will allow you to view up-to-the-minute account activity, make payments, and enroll in an optional semester monthly payment plan.

Due to federal student privacy regulations (FERPA), initial access to the Student Account Center is granted only to the student through the Required Student Disclosure Form that is completed with your application. If your FERPA permissions need updated,email the Registrar’s Office from your KCAI email with the following information: Student ID, Student Name, FERPA contact name, FERPA contact phone number, and FERPA contact email address.

After entering the Student Account Center, the student will have access to a portal that will offer the following features:

  • Account Summary Data & Activity – available 24/7 with real time updates, including financial aid.
  • Ability to add an Authorized Payer – Login to Nelnet – Student Account Center through MyKCAI. Click “My Profile” from the blue navigation bar at the top of the screen. Click add or edit in the Manage Payers section. Follow the step-by-step instructions. Once the process has been completed, the Authorized Payer will receive an email to create an online account.
  • View Available Payment Options – including enroll in a payment plan or make one-time payments by available payment methods.
    • Payment plans allow you to spread your student’s education expenses over smaller monthly installments, paid over the course of the school semester. Enrollment fee and first payment is due at the time of enrollment. Your only cost is an enrollment fee of $57 and down payment is due at the time of enrollment. Please note that a 2.85% service fee will be charged if using a credit/debit card. There are no service fees for payments made from a checking or savings account (ACH).
    • Families who wish to pay for educational expenses online may choose a one-time payment option within Nelnet – The KCAI Business Office does NOT accept credit/debit card payments for tuition & fees. All credit/debit card payments must be paid online. There is a fee for credit/debit card payments of 2.85%.This amount will be added to the credit card transaction. There are no service fees for payments made from a checking or savings account (ACH).

Pay by Mail
Mail payment to Kansas City Art Institute; Business Office; P.O. Box 843036; Kansas City MO 64184-3036 to be received no later than the payment deadline each semester. Please include the student’s legal name and ID# in the memo of the check.