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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

Tuition FAQ’s

1. How are the Tuition Surcharges (Bus Adm. and Eng.) used?
Students taking College of Business Administration and/or College of Engineering courses will pay a per credit hour Tuition Surcharge (for those courses only). This revenue will be used to try to retain current outstanding faculty or attract high quality replacements.
2. I am not a Business or Engineering major, why do I have to pay the Surcharge?
All students who take courses in the College of Business Administration or the College of Engineering must pay the per credit hour Tuition Surcharge, regardless of the student's academic major. The surcharge will be used to try to keep valued faculty from accepting competitive offers from other schools or the private sector.
3. What is the difference between the Engineering Tuition Surcharge and the Engineering Equipment Fee?
The revenue from the Engineering Tuition Surcharge (a per credit hour for any College of Engineering course) will be used to retain valued College of Engineering faculty and attract high quality replacements. The revenue from the Engineering Equipment Fee (a per credit hour for any College of Engineering course) will be used to buy classroom equipment for the College of Engineering in order to benefit instruction so that students can receive the quality of education that the workplace of today and tomorrow demands. There is also an Equipment Fee (a per credit hour) charged for those enrolled in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design courses.
4. What are Campus Privilege Fees?
Campus Privilege Fees provide students with services, activities and supplemental educational opportunities tailored to fulfill their academic and personal goals. These are required to be paid by all students and are assessed at a set rate for the first credit hour and an additional amount for each additional credit hour.  A breakdown and description of these charges can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/sga/privfee
5. What is the Academic Infrastructure Enhancement Fee?
        The revenue generated will be used to renovate and enhance spaces within academic buildings, including            classrooms and laboratories, with new furniture, paint, technology enhancements, and heating and cooling          infrastructure enhancements.
6. Why does tuition continue to increase?
State funding has not kept pace with university needs. President Myers is committed to make K-State nationally competitive in our ability to attract and retain the very best professors and to give them the tools and technology to make the educational experience of our students second to none. Even with these increases, K-State remains one of the best educational values in the nation. We are among the least expensive of all Big 12 universities in tuition and fee charges.
7. Why do the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, Planning and Design have a special equipment fee?
An Equipment Fee was established to help assure a quality education for students by using the revenue generated to purchase and maintain equipment for instructional and research programs in the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.
8. Does the University accept credit cards as payment for tuition and fees?
Budget pressures forced the University to look seriously at eliminating the acceptance of credit cards as a payment for student accounts due to the high costs involved in accepting credit cards. Since the University is interested in providing as many convenient payment options as possible, Kansas State has contracted with Informed Decisions Corporation to provide CASHNet SMARTPAY service for the acceptance of credit card via the web https://ksis.k-state.edu for tuition and fees at Kansas State University. There is a service charge paid by the student to Informed Decisions for making payments using the CASHNet SMARTPAY service.
9. Do I have to pay in full or can I make payments on my student account?
Kansas State University does provide 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 fee for this service.
10. When are student accounts due?
All payments must be made in full no later than 3:00 p.m. on the 15th of the month 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 for additional courses
11. I made a payment online. When will my account balance reflect the payment?
Typically this would be immediately, but due to system maintenance payments may not be credited until the next business day.This is a very rare occurrence.
12. Will my financial aid be applied towards all of the charges on my account?
As a general rule, the Cashier's Office will only apply credit from financial aid towards 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 thorough direct deposit. The student is then responsible for any miscellaneous charges that appear on the University account.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. What are my options for paying my bill?
You can pay on-line with a check or credit card through KSIS or ksu.edu/paynow . The credit cards accepted are VISA, Master Card, Discover, and American Express and will be assessed a 2.9% fee. You can also mail a check to the following address:
  KSU Cashiers and Student Accounts
  211 Anderson Hall
  919 Mid-Campus Drive North
  Manhattan, KS  66506-0211
Additionally, we accept cash or check in our office at the above address. We are unable to accept debit or credit cards.
16. 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.
17. 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, we can provide a verification on official letterhead for those 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.
18. Why won't you give me information regarding my childs account? I pay the bill!
The Federal law called the Federal Educational Rights to Privacy ACT (FERPA) requires that a student's financial records are private and confidential. The cashiers Office 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 will allow students to setup access for parents and others view financial information.  Setting up Designated Access will also allow us to speak freely with the Designee about the student account information.  You can learn more about Designated access at http://www.k-state.edu/onestop/designated-access. The student must set up the Designee before our we can release any information.