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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.

Tuition Frequently Asked Questions

Review frequently asked questions below regarding tuition and fees, payment options, designating student account access and more.

Fall 2020 FAQ

Have questions specific to fall 2020 course modality updates as they relate to tuition and fees? Visit our fall 2020 frequently asked questions. 

What is the Manhattan Campus Privilege Fee?

The Manhattan Campus Privilege Fee is a campus-wide mandatory student fee required of all students. The fee supports a variety of non-instructional student services and activities, such as Lafene Health Center, the Recreational Complex, the K-State Student Union and Counseling Services. View a breakdown and description of these charges.


What is the Academic Infrastructure Enhancement Fee?

Revenue generated from the Academic Infrastructure Enhancement Fee is used to renovate and enhance teaching and learning spaces within academic buildings — including classrooms and laboratories — with new furniture, paint, technology enhancements, and heating and cooling infrastructure enhancements.


What is a College Fee?

Most academic colleges charge a per credit hour college fee. All students taking courses in the college must pay the designated fee regardless of the student’s academic major. Revenue from college fees is used to purchase and maintain equipment, technology and other resources to provide high-quality instruction.


What is a Department/Program Fee?

Some departments and programs charge an additional per credit hour department/program fee. Revenue from the fee is returned directly back to the department to support technology upgrades, equipment and supplies, and/or instructional support.


What is the Faculty Salary Tuition Surcharge, and how is it used?

All students taking College of Business Administration or College of Engineering courses pay a per credit hour faculty salary tuition surcharge for those courses, regardless of the student's academic major. Revenue from the tuition surcharge is used to maintain effective faculty to student ratios, broaden course offerings, provide students with access to faculty both in and out of the classroom, and to retain and attract outstanding faculty.

College fees are set in collaboration with student leadership within the colleges and approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.


Does the University accept credit cards as payment for tuition and fees?

The University is interested in providing as many convenient payment options as possible, K-State has contracted with Informed Decisions Corporation to provide CASHNet SMARTPAY service for the acceptance of credit cards for tuition and fees. There is a service charge paid by the student to Informed Decisions for making payments using the CASHNet SMARTPAY service. The service is accessible via each student’s KSIS account.


Do I have to pay in full, or can I make payments on my student account?

Kansas State University provides a Tuition Installment Payment Plan to allow students to make payments on current semester tuition at the beginning of each term. Students or their Designees can enroll online through their Student Center on KSIS. There is a minimal fee for this service.


When are student accounts due?

All payments must be made in full no later than 3 p.m. on the 15th of the month — or the scheduled first day of classes in January or August (Fall 2020 due August 24) — following initial billing to avoid a 1.5% default charge. Holds will be placed on all delinquent accounts, which will not allow a student to drop or add classes, receive a transcript or diploma, or enroll in additional courses.


I made a payment online. When will my account balance reflect the payment?

Typically, this would be immediately. On occasion, payments may not be credited until the next business day due to system maintenance. This is a very rare occurrence.


Will my financial aid be applied toward all of the charges on my account?

As a general rule, the Cashier's Office will only apply credit from financial aid toward tuition, fees and housing charges. Once these charges have been credited, the Cashier's Office will release any excess funds in the form of a refund check, or through direct deposit. Students are responsible for any miscellaneous charges on their student account.


What happens if I pay my bill late?

Your statement of account will provide the total amount you owe. If the total amount due is not paid by the due time and date, the account will be assessed a 1.5% late fee of the total due per month. Additionally, a hold will be placed on the account that will restrict future enrollment and the release of student transcripts and diplomas.


Why do I have a hold on my account?

A hold can be placed by many different departments for various reasons. When viewing the hold from within the student account, additional details should be available by following the link provided. Please contact the department directly if you have a question about a particular hold.


What are my options for paying my bill?

A complete list of payment options is available on the Cashiers and Student Accounts website.


What is a sponsored student?

A student having their tuition paid for by military, another country, athletics, other departments, employers, employee benefits, and school districts, etc.


I need a receipt for my tuition.

A receipt is provided at the time of purchase and can be reprinted or emailed upon request. Additionally, Cashiers and Student Accounts can provide a verification on official letterhead for students needing a proof of payment for their insurance company, employee reimbursement, scholarships, or if their country is paying their tuition. Please allow 48 hours for this service.


I pay my child’s tuition. Why can’t I see their account information?

The Federal Educational Rights to Privacy ACT (FERPA) requires that a student's financial records are private and confidential. Cashiers and Student Accounts is required to secure written authorization from the student prior to release of the information contained in these records. We recommend you take advantage of the Designated Access program, which allows students to set up access for parents and others to view financial information. Setting up Designated Access also allows us to speak freely with you as a Designee about the student account information. The student must set up the Designee before we can release any information.