Students sitting in lawn at Edwards Campus

Tuition & Aid

The KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides up-to-date and accurate information regarding tuition and fees for KU School of Social Welfare undergraduates and graduates.

KU Office of Financial Aid


Students are classified as Kansas resident or out-of-state resident based on information provided on the application for admission. The determination of residency status is made by the Office of the University Registrar in accordance with Kansas regulations. This classification makes a difference in the cost of attending the School of Social Welfare. If you have questions about your residency status, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Tuition and fees for off–campus credit courses are assessed at rates equal to resident tuition. The School of Social Welfare Partnership Sites are classified as off-campus; therefore, courses taken at these locations will be charged at the resident tuition rate. KU considers on-campus locations to be the Edwards campus, the Lawrence campus, or KU Medical Center; therefore, your residency status will determine your tuition charges.    

KU Edwards Campus MetroKC Rate

The KU Edwards Campus MetroKC rate offers in-state tuition rates to Missouri residents who qualify. No credit hour limit applies.

BSW Students attending Legislative Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

Financial Aid

Students starting at KU in fall 2021 should file the FAFSA by Dec. 1 to receive an early financial aid notification in mid-December. All students should file the FAFSA by our Mar.1 priority date to make sure you're considered for financial aid programs with limited funds.

File a FAFSA
Student at Edwards Campus


The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has several sources of financial assistance available to BSW, MSW and PhD students who meet the various criteria. Awards are made on an annual basis and are applied directly towards tuition and fees in most instances.


Student Success

Our students consistently perform well on the licensure exam and are sought after, which shows by our high graduate employment rates.

Student Success

BSW graduates are employed or continuing their education
MSW graduates are employed full-time
PhD graduates obtained university faculty or research positions


KU belongs to an invitation-only group of the top 65 research universities in North America called the Association of American Universities. Our tuition costs are much lower than most AAU institutions, making a KU degree a smart and valuable investment.

Hanna Festa 2020 BSW graduate

The BSW at KU has given me friendships & support that will last a lifetime. I have loved every second of my time here & am excited to continue my education at KU while I pursue my MSW.

Hanna Festa
2020 BSW Graduate
Alexandria Williams

I am so grateful for the community of people I got to connect with during my time at KU. I've made some great friends and memories here, and I'm sad to leave, but I'm so excited to see what my future holds! RCJH!

Alexandria Williams
2020 MSW graduate
Jared Barton and his two daughters and doctoral diploma

The opportunities presented to me exceeded what I thought was possible. I'm proud and honored to work along with those committed to justice and a better world and am grateful to be a Jayhawk forever! Rock Chalk!

2020 Doctoral Graduate

NHSC Loan Repayment

To be eligible for up to $60,000 in an initial loan repayment award Corps members are required to practice full-time for at least two years or part-time for four years at an NHSC-approved site. An award of $30,000 is available for two years of half-time service.
National Health Service Corps


Dec. 1
Undergraduate must filed the FAFSA by this date to be considered for financial aid and KU Scholarships.
Mar. 1
All students should file the FAFSA by our Mar. 1 to be considered for financial aid and School of Social Welfare scholarships