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If you live in Kansas, there’s no place like home to begin your college search. The state offers a long list of award-winning institutions to choose from.

Additionally, the state has launched lofty goals aimed at improving accessibility and degree attainment, and has provided numerous financial aid opportunities.

It’s clear that Kansas is focused on providing quality higher education to its residents.

Overview of Higher Education in Kansas

In 2018-2019 the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that there are 64 degree-granting institutions in Kansas. Of those, 33 are public, 24 are private non-profit and 7 are for-profit.

Tuition and fees to one of the state’s public 4-year schools will run Kansas residents $8941 on average, according to the NCES. Non-residents will pay closer to $23,302. Both are below the national average.

Tuition may be even more affordable for other Midwesterners, thanks to Kansas’ participation in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). The MSEP allows students to enroll at public schools in any of the 9 participating states for no more than 150% of the in-state tuition rate.

In Kansas, public colleges and universities are overseen by the Kansas Board of Regents, which consists of nine members, each appointed by the governor to represent one congressional district.

In 2010 the Kansas Board of Regents approved a 10-year strategic plan, called Foresight 2020,

to increase attainment, align credentials with economic demand and support university excellence. Reports show the efforts were quite successful, though there was still a workforce shortage in the state. 

In 2020, the Board of Regents announced a new initiative, called Building a Future, which continues the successes of Foresight 2020 while adding additional metrics that prioritize the needs of families, businesses and the Kansas economy.

The Board of Regents is also responsible for Kansas DegreeStats, a unique online resource that provides comprehensive cost and earnings data for each degree program available at the state’s public universities.

About Online Colleges in Kansas

Online degree programs are gaining popularity as students look for ways to complete their education while still maintaining their personal and/or professional responsibilities.

In 2018 the NCES reported that 22.4% of students in Kansas were enrolled in fully online degree programs, and another 19% were enrolled in one or more online courses. The numbers have continued to rise, and schools are working hard to keep up with the demand.

Kansas’ largest public universities, University of Kansas and Kansas State University, both offer online degree and certificate programs as well as hybrid programs that involve both online and on-campus experiences. Additionally, Fort Hays State University ranks among US News and World Reports’ “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” and offers more than 200 online degree and certification programs. Top-ranked private schools such as Baker University also offer impressive online catalogues.

Support for online programs comes from the Kansas Association for Interactive Distance Education (KAIDE), an organization that advocates and promotes interactive distance education.

At the community college level, EDUKAN enhances online learning opportunities by connecting 4 of the state’s community colleges. Through EDUKAN, students can access over 200 online courses, with semester term options from 4 weeks to 16 weeks.

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Kansas

The first step to attending a college or university in Kansas is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so that you have access to federal, state and private financial aid.

The FAFSA application becomes available each year on October 1st, and the earlier you fill it out, the more funds you will have access to.

College grants for Kansas students

To complete the FAFSA, you must provide information about your own finances as well as those of your parents (unless you are considered independent). This information will be used to determine how much and what types of financial aid you are offered.

The ideal forms of financial aid are grants and scholarships because they do not have to be repaid.

The Kansas Board of Regents administers the following financial aid programs for residents pursuing their undergraduate degrees:

Scholarship Name Details

Scholarship amount

Kansas State Scholarship Need based and academic based

Up to $1000 annually

Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant Must be working toward a technical certificate or associate of applied science degree program in a high cost, high demand or critical industry field (as defined)

Maximum of $1000 per year

 

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship Need based and academic based; Must be African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander or Hispanic

Up to $1850 annually

Kansas Military Service Scholarship For candidates who served in overseas military operation and received hostile fire pay, were honorably discharged or meet other requirements as defined

Amount varies

Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program Non-commissioned National Guard officers who have less than 20 years of service

Amount varies

Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship Requires an obligation to practice as a LPN or RN at a specific facility for one year for each year of scholarship support

Up to $2500 per year for LPNs; Up to $3500 per year for RNs

 

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship Requires an obligation to teach in hard-to-fill disciplines and/or an underserved geographic area  (as defined)

Amount varies

Additional private aid can be found through scholarship search sites such as Fastweb.com, where you can enter information about yourself and be matched with scholarship opportunities.

Finally, most colleges and universities offer grants and scholarships available to their students exclusively. Some are awarded based on merit, some are need-based, and some are based on other criteria. Ask about additional assistance in the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend.

List of Online Colleges in Kansas

Online Colleges in Kansas Location Annual Tuition Accreditation Application Fee
Baker University Baldwin City, Kansas  $28,030  Regional  $0
Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas  $6,179  Regional  $30
Barclay College Haviland, Kansas  $15,990  Regional  $0
Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas  $4,88  Regional  $30
Pinnacle Career Institute Lawrence, Kansas  $15,765 National  $0
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas  $11,455  Regional  $40
University of Saint Mary Leavenworth, Kansas  $26,650  Regional  $25
Grantham University Lenexa, Kansas  $6,540 National  $0
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas  $9,874  Regional  $30
Central Christian College of Kansas McPherson, Kansas  $16,850  Regional  $0
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas  $6,910  Regional  $30
Friends University Wichita, Kansas  $26,865  Regional  $0
Southwestern College Winfield, Kansas  $27,250  Regional  $25

Conclusion

Kansas is full of well-known colleges and universities, offering top-notch education both on campus and online. Their Board of Regents continues to enact programs focused on improving the quality and accessibility of degree programs throughout the state.

When it comes to higher education, there’s truly no place like Kansas.

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Elizabeth Abner
WRITTEN BY Elizabeth Abner

Elizabeth is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Foreign Policy and earned her master's degree in business administration. For her undergraduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in international business. Elizabeth's research is focused on universities offering online degree programs.