There's no question about it — paying for college can be overwhelming. That's why we're here to help. Get the facts about affordability at UMKC.

Step 1: How much will it cost me?

Taking this step right out the gate can be a lot. But it's important to know exactly where you stand before you explore financing options. We want to eliminate any surprises along the way. 

Estimate your costs

Step 2: How We Can Help You

There are several ways UMKC can help with the cost of college. Explore these options to see if you qualify.


Step 3: How You Can Get More Money

First things first: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Besides scholarships, there are additional options to help pay for your education.

  • Federal student loans
  • Federal grants
  • Work-Study grants

In order to determine the types and amount of federal aid you qualify for, you must fill out your FAFSA each year. 

UMKC priority deadline: February 1
UMKC school code: 002518

File Your FAFSA


There are several different types of loans offered through FAFSA as well as through the state and private institutions. Loans accrue interest and must be paid back, which is why it's important to borrow responsibly. Get an in-depth breakdown of all the different types of loans through the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

Learn all about loans


Grants are based on your expected family contribution, or your EFC, which is calculated when you fill out your FAFSA. Grants do not need to be repaid and are typically only available to undergraduate students. Check out all the different types of grants you may qualify for.

Learn more about grants


Work-Study is a federal program that provides funding to students who work part-time on or off campus. This is awarded first come, first served, which is why it's important to fill out your FAFSA on or before the priority deadline.

Learn about Work-Study

Outside scholarships

UMKC welcomes any and all outside scholarships you have been awarded. Need help finding some? Not sure where to start? No problem. Check out the resources and tips for avoiding scams.

Explore ways to earn outside scholarships