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Division of Financial Services

Cashiers Office
Kansas State University
211 Anderson Hall
919 Mid-Campus Dr. North
Manhattan, KS 66506-0211

785-532-6454 fax

Office Hours:
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
1-4:30 p.m.

Schedule a virtual appointment by emailing cashiers@k-state.edu.

Fall 2020 Tuition and Fees Frequently Asked Questions

Review frequently asked questions below regarding tuition and fees as they relate to course modality updates and more during the fall 2020 semester.

Why am I seeing changes to my schedule?

To minimize risk to faculty and students, we are de-densifying all classrooms and instructional spaces by requiring 6-feet physical distancing and assessing these spaces for ventilation issues.

Fully in-person classes will be limited to enrollment of less than 50 students and those classes will need to be held in larger classrooms to support physical distancing requirements. Classes with 50 or more students will be offered through high-quality online instruction or in a blended/hybrid format that maintains in-person class meetings to less than 50 students. Inevitably, these efforts are leading to changes in academic schedules, including teaching format, room assignments and class times. 


I don’t want to take online classes, am I able to change my schedule?

Yes, you may work with your academic advisor to make changes to your schedule. Changes in course modality will be completed by August 3 after which it may be beneficial to move to another section, take a different course, or defer the course until a later semester.


How do the changes impact my tuition rate?

There are no changes to base tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year. Face-to-face/in-person classes and hybrid/blended classes will be charged at the regular out-of-state and in-state tuition rates based on your residency.  

Online tuition rates will be charged the in-state tuition rate for all students regardless of residency.  


What changes are there to the university fees?

Privilege fee:

The privilege fee is charged to Manhattan Campus or Polytechnic students by credit hour and is capped at 6 credit hours. Recognizing the financial challenges faced by many of our students, the overall 2020-21 campus privilege fee budgets were reduced by $217,000 this past May by the privilege fee committee and approved by SGA.

Additionally, the University did not charge the campus privilege fee this summer. Ongoing privilege fee commitments include bond payment obligations for facilities such as the Kansas State Student Union and the Peters Recreation Center that previous students voted to support and build, equipment and facilities repair and replacement still occurring, student employees and full-time staff associated with fee-entities on payroll for the fall semester, among several other costs. Current plans are for the Kansas State Student Union and the Peters Recreation Center to open on August 3. Several other privilege fee funded entities such as Lafene Health Center, Counseling Services, Student Legal Services and many others currently provide services to students. Fall 2020 privilege fee dollars help ensure these programs and facilities are available to serve students this academic year and beyond.

College/Departmental course fees:

There are no changes to the college and departmental course fees. These college fees will continue to be assessed for all teaching modalities: in-person, blended/hybrid, and online. These fees help support the supervision, faculty salaries, course materials, and academic services of each the individual courses.   

Online fees:

Understanding more students will be taking online courses due to the changes in course schedule, we have significantly reduced the online fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, a single online fee of $70 per credit hour will be charged for all online courses. This single online fee replaces the previous $123.79 (undergraduate) and $148.70 (graduate) Global Campus fee and any previously charged college online fees.

Online fees support faculty training and resources for online teaching, faculty salaries, improving and maintaining the technological infrastructure, and the costs of designing and moving courses online. 


What happens if the university needs to go to fully remote teaching during the fall semester?

If there is a need to pivot to fully remote teaching due to the pandemic after the start of the semester, there will be no online fee charged for in-person or blended/hybrid courses moved to fully remote. There will be no refunds issued outside of the normal refund periods in the refund policy. The decision by a student to begin the semester enrolled in face-to-face, blended/hybrid, and/or online courses will serve as acknowledgement of responsibility for full payment of tuition and relevant fees.


Do you need assistance reading your bill?

Your bill has a lot of detailed information on it and with the changes, we understand that it may be more difficult to understand.  Please see the following sample bill with explanations.


Who do I contact if I am having trouble paying for my coursework?

We encourage you to reach out to our financial aid advisor. Your dedicated advisor can work with you to determine what resources are available to assist you during this time. You may also complete our Financial Intervention Referral Form.