Welcome the ALI! We are excited to have you as a student with us. There is a lot to learn about UMKC and the ALI. We know you have questions. Use the links and information provided on this page to help you learn about ALI and UMKC resources.
Do you have questions about UMKC’s COVID-19 Preparedness? Take a look at this webpage to learn more about how UMKC is prepared to keep students, faculty, and staff safe.
Types of Advisors
Reasons to visit your ALI Advisor:
- Registration and Enrollment
- Signature for I-20/DS-2019 extension (you must get the extension form from ISAO)
- Concerns about your teacher or class
- Cultural questions
- Study strategies
Reasons to go to the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO):
- Immigration check-in
- VISA/I-20 or DS-2019 questions
- Changes in your contact information (phone number, address, etc.)
- Signature so you can travel
- Get the I-20/DS-2019 extension form, and submit it
- Health insurance
- FTE form (to reduce the number of classes you take in a semester)
Meeting with my Advisors
Most of the time, you will need to make an appointment, even if the matter is urgent. The only time you can see an Advisor without an appointment are during their walk-in hours.
ALI Advising Hours
Currently, students can meet with the ALI Advisors by appointment only.
To make an appointment with the ALI Advisors, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISAO Advising Hours
Please note that ISAO currently is not holding walk-in advising while our office remains closed. Thank you for understanding.
Walk-in advising hours:
- Monday/Tuesday = 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
- Thursday/Friday = 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Walk-in questions take less than 10 minutes and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please call 816-235-1113 before you plan to come to ISAO to confirm an advisor will be available to meet with you.
To make an appointment with an advisor at ISAO, please call 816-235-1113.
Conversation Partner Program
- Are you an ALI student interested in improving your English by having real conversations in English?
- Are you a UMKC academic student, or a community member, who wants to help an ESOL learner improve their English?
- Do you want to learn about another culture and/or country?
- Do you have at least 1 hour every two weeks to spend in conversations?
If you answered “YES” to any of the questions above, then this program is for you!
What is the program?
The Applied Language Institute Conversation Partners Program pairs ESOL students with UMKC academic students and community members for English conversation.
The partners meet at least once every two weeks for one hour to practice conversation and learn from one another. Partners can meet in-person or online using Zoom, Skype, Face-Time, or another video chat program.
How do you sign up?
To sign up: click one of the links below to download an application. Send your application to email@example.com.
How do we match partners?
We try to match partners with similar interests or backgrounds. For example, if one partner is interested in agriculture, and another grew up in a rural area, maybe on a farm, they will likely be paired together.
We consider partners’ travel experiences, second language experiences, and other details. The more information you give about yourself on the application, the better we can do.
On the application, you will have the opportunity to indicate preferences about your partner. While we cannot guarantee that we can meet all of your preferences, we will try our best to consider them.
What are Cheating and Plagiarism?
From the Collected Rules and Regulations of the UM System, 200.010 Standard of Conduct:
(a) The term cheating includes but is not limited to: (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; or (iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.
(b) The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference; (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; or (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.
How Do I Avoid Plagiarism?
- Credit your sources! Any time you use information from the internet or another source, be sure to cite your reference in you work.
Purdue Owl is a great resource for students to learn how to cite sources.
- Learning a new language can be difficult. If you are unsure about a translation, ask your teacher for help. Do not copy a translation from the internet or your classmates.
- Understand plagiarism and review your work. It is wonderful to use outside sources, but give credit when you do.
Your Bill and Tuition
Paying for your classes is important. Here is some information about how tuition works at UMKC and what you can expect.
My UMKC Bill
When is my bill created?
UMKC is like most universities in the US. It calculates your tuition bill based on the number of credit hours you enroll in. It cannot calculate your bill until you are enrolled because it is not sure how many credits you will be taking. Once you are registered, your bill will be calculated. Your bill will include tuition, educational fees, the international student fee and your health insurance.
The Steps in Creating Your UMKC Bill
- Take the ALI’s placement exam.
- Make an appointment and then meet with the Academic Advisor. The advisor will go over your placement exam and have you sign your registration form.
- Talk with the Scholarship Coordinator. The coordinator will go over your scholarship and explain what you should expect to pay.
- Next, the ALI sends your registration form to the Registrar. The Registrar will process your form and enroll you in classes.
- UMKC’s billing system will create your bill.
Once your bill is created, you will see it in Pathway. You will be able to pay by going to the Cashier’s Office or online using Pathway.
My UMKC Bill
Your UMKC bill includes any fee that you owe the University.
- Bookstore charge
- Dorm fees
- Tuition and Educational fees
- Health insurance
- International Student Service Fee
- Meal Plan
- Late Fee and Finance Charge
Your UMKC bill could also include:
- Bill from student health
- Parking ticket
- Parking permit
Your bill also shows what credits and payments were added to the account.
How do I see my bill in Pathway?
To see your bill in Pathway, first you must complete e-Consent. For e-Consent instructions, Click Here. E-Consent gives permission for UMKC to display your information electronically, as well as allows university offices to communicate with you by e-mail.
Once you have completed e-Consent, you will be able to see your bill in the Finances section of Pathway.
The tuition is listed twice. Is this a mistake?
NO. In the US, people like to see exactly what they are paying for. Instead of listing tuition as 1 charge, your UMKC bill will show you exactly what you are being charged for.
UMKC’s billing system divides your tuition into 2 categories: resident education fees and non-resident education fees. The resident portion of your fees are listed as Undergrad Non Res Educ Fee. The non-resident portion of your fees are listed as Non Res Undergrad Educ Fee.
What is the Student Activity Fee? The Student Union Fee? Do I have to pay them?
YES. They are part of the educational fees that are included in your tuition.
Paying My Bill
UMKC’s Payment Plan
UMKC offers a payment plan, which will let you pay your tuition throughout the semester, rather than all at once. You do not need to sign an agreement to pay monthly.
You are expected to pay at least 25% of your bill by the first day of classes.
If you decide to make payments, you will be charged a finance charge of 1% each month. Make sure to make payments EVERY month by the 20th. If you do not make a payment, UMKC will charge you a late fee of $25.
I still owe some of my fees. Should I stop going to class until I can pay?
NO. Owing UMKC for the current semester should not stop you from going to class.
A new semester is starting and I still owe some of my fees from last semester. What should I do?
Until you pay these fees, you will not be able to register for classes.
If you cannot pay the whole amount, the Cashier’s Office will set up a repayment agreement with you. You will pay a portion of what you owe when you sign the agreement and then you can register for classes.
If you overpay your UMKC bill, UMKC will refund that extra money. You could overpay by:
- Calculating your part of the bill after scholarship incorrectly.
- Paying your entire bill before the scholarship is applied.
UMKC will refund your money in 1 of 2 ways:
- If you have saved your bank account information in Pathway, the refund will be directly deposited into your account. This is the fastest way to receive a refund.
- If you do not have a bank account in Pathway, the University will mail you the refund as a check. This refund will be mailed the following Tuesday, from Columbia, Mo.
For instructions for how to add a bank account to Pathway, click here.
You do not need to do anything to get this refund. The refund is done automatically.
A Refund Because You Have Dropped a Class
UMKC will refund 100% of your fees only if a class is dropped within the first week of classes.
- After the 1st week, UMKC will refund 60% of your fees.
- After the 2nd week, UMKC will refund 40% of your fees.
- After the 3rd week, UMKC will refund 20% of your fees.
- After the 4th week, UMKC will not issue any refund.
This means that if these fees have not been paid yet, you will still be obligated to pay them.
These dates apply to all students, whether they are full semester or short-term students.
How to Pay My Bill
There are many different ways of paying your UMKC bill: cash, check, credit card, wire transfer and Flywire.
If you are paying cash, it is best to do it in person rather than mailing it. You can go pay your bill at the Cashiers and Collections Office.
The Cashiers and Collections Office is located in the Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street, Room 112.
Hours of Operation: Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
It is safe to mail checks in the US.
Mail your checks to:
5100 Rockhill Road
112 Administrative Center
Kansas City, MO 64112
Make sure to write your name and student ID in the Memo section.
For instructions on how to write a check, go here.
In the US, a credit card is a card linked to a line of credit. UMKC will accept: American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa.
There is a 2.75% service charge when you use a credit card.
You will be charged this fee if you go to the Cashier in person or make the payment through Pathway.
Account Name: The University of Missouri-Kansas City
Bank Name: Commerce Bank
Address: 720 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Routing # 101000019
SWIFT Code: CBKCUS44
Account # 400168394
Include your name and student ID number as a reference in the wire transfer so that UMKC can easily locate your payment. Wire payments for the entire university are kept in 1 place, so there are 100s of transfers on any given day.
Once the transfer has been made, send an email to Ms. Elisa Day (firstname.lastname@example.org), notifying her of the transfer. Provide the information below:
Your Full Name:
Your 8 digit UMKC ID #:
US Dollar Amount of Transfer:
Date Transfer was Sent:
Country of Origination:
Name of the Bank sending the transfer:
Most of our students use Flywire when making wire transfers. It is the quickest way to properly post any payment. You will go to this webpage:
You will create an account and use it like online bill paying. The directions are easy to follow. Once the payment is scheduled, you can track its progress.
The fee transfer rate and exchange rates are very competitive.
To download a PDF with the wire transfer information, Click here.
I would like to pay my tuition ahead of time. Can I do that?
YES. Please contact our Business Support Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at email@example.com for more information
If you have any questions, contact Ms. Elisa Day, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am studying full-time. How much will my scholarship be?
Your scholarship is determined by what program you are studying at UMKC. Click here for the current semester’s scholarship amounts.
I looked at my bill and it is much more than I was expecting.
Do you see the ALI Scholarship on your bill?
If NO, once your scholarship is applied, it will adjust your bill so that the amount is what you were expecting.
If YES, please contact our Business Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at email@example.com.
I looked at my bill and the scholarship is missing.
It can take 6-8 weeks before your scholarship is applied and appears on your bill. This is because it must be processed by several different departments before it reaches the Cashier’s Office.
The ALI sends an unofficial list of scholarships to the Cashier’s Office. If you visit them and ask them how much you should pay, they will subtract the amount of your scholarship from your total before they give you the amount.
I went to see the Cashier and they said that I don’t have an ALI Scholarship.
Most likely, they didn’t check the ALI Scholarship list that was sent to them.
If they did check the list and your scholarship isn’t there, please contact our Business Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I paid everything but the scholarship amount on my bill. I am getting late fees. Do I need to pay them?
NO. Once your scholarship is applied, your bill will be recalculated and the fees will be removed.
I paid everything but the scholarship amount on my bill. UMKC sent me a bill saying I owe money. What should I do?
Check to see if the ALI Scholarship has been applied.
I DON’T SEE ANY SCHOLARSHIP.
- If it is the beginning or the middle of the semester, ignore the bill. Once the scholarship is applied, you will owe nothing.
- If it is close to the end of the semester, please contact our Business Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at email@example.com. She will work with the Cashier to fix the problem.
I SEE MY SCHOLARSHIP.
- Please contact our Business Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will work with the Cashier to fix the problem.
Statement of Financial Responsibility
Before you can register for a term, you must electronically agree to or sign a hard copy of the Statement of Financial Responsibility (SFR). UMKC wants to make sure that you agree to be responsible for bill and understand its policies on things like late fees, student refunds, and drops for non-payment.
Students can accept the agreement through Pathway, in the Registration and Records Office, or at the ALI Office.
If this is not signed, Pathway will place a hold on your account and you will not be able to register and enroll in your classes.
What does the SFR say?
Here is a summary of what is covered in the SFR:
Payment of Fees
You are responsible for all of your fees. If you owe money for the previous semester, you will not be able to register.
You will not be sent a monthly bill through the postal mail, but instead, it will be posted on Pathway and emailed to your student email.
E-mail and Online Statements
UMKC will communicate with you primarily using email and you understand that you are responsible for checking your email. Also, you will not be able to argue about finance charges and/or late fees, saying that you didn’t know, because it has been posted on Pathway.
Late Payment Fees
If you do not make a payment monthly, you will be charged a late fee.
Every month that you owe fees, the University will charge you a 1% charge on the amount that you owe.
Late Registration Fee
If you register on or after the first day of class, you will get a fee.
Not going to class does not tell UMKC that you have withdrawn from school. Not paying your fees does not tell UMKC that you have withdrawn from school. You will need to notify the Registrar and do the steps they tell you to officially withdraw. The ALI cannot withdraw you from your classes. You must do this yourself.
Drop for Non-Payment
UMKC can decide to drop your classes because of non-payment if you have not paid at least 25% of what you owe by the first due date of the semester.
Fee Reassessment for Adding/Dropping Classes or Cancellation/Withdrawal from School UMKC will reconsider the amount of money you will owe if you make the changes properly.
If you do not make a payment UMKC will put your account on hold which will stop you from getting any transcripts or your diploma. It can also stop you from being able to enroll in the next semester, sign a housing contract, and you will not be able to make any charges at the bookstore or anywhere else that Roo Bucks are accepted.
UMKC will send your account to a collection agency if you do pay and additional charges will be assessed.
Right to Modify
UMKC can change the fee rates up to 30 days prior the beginning of a semester. They cannot decide to change the amount you owe for the semester after this date.
Minimum Fee Payment Plan
You can make monthly payments on your fees instead of having to pay the total amount due at the beginning of the semester. They expect 25% of your fees by the 20th of every month. If you pay less than the minimum amount due, you will be charged a 1% finance charge monthly.
Scholarships are classified by Cashiers as ‘Anticipated’ aid. This means that they will deduct this amount from your balance and you will have to pay whatever is left. Depending on when you are awarded a scholarship, this may or may not show up on your account.
Third Party Sponsorship
This gives the address where your sponsor would need to send its written authorization. Once the sponsorship is authorized, your account will be credited for whatever amount they agree to pay. Your sponsor will be directly billed. But, if they do not pay in a timely manner, you will end up being responsible for your fees and will be assessed finance charges.
Besides cash, UMKC will accept personal checks, echecks, and credit cards. There is a $25 return check fee. Credit card payments will include a 2.75% fee.
Even if you declare bankruptcy, education fees are not included typically and you will still own the debt.
If you have any questions, contact Ms. Elisa Day, email@example.com.
On Campus Health Resources:
Student Health Center
UMKC has a Student Health Center that is free for UMKC students. The address is 5110 Oak Street, Suite 237, Kansas City, MO 64112. You can contact them by phone at (816) 235-6133. For more information about using UMKC’s Student Health Center click here.
Transitioning to the U.S. can be difficult. UMKC wants to help! At UMKC, people view your mental health as important as your physical health. UMKC also offers Counseling Services to all UMKC students. Their address is 5110 Oak Street, Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64112. You can contact them by phone at (816) 235-1635. For more information about UMKC’s Counseling Services click here.
Student Health Insurance
Health insurance in the United States is different than health insurance in other countries. For example, health insurance does not make medical care free, it just makes it less expensive. Another example is that each insurance company has it’s own list of doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies that it will work with.
All F-1 and J-1 students are automatically enrolled in UMKC’s International Student Health Insurance plan. Click here for more information about the insurance plan and to learn how to get your Health Insurance card.
Off Campus Health Resources:
Doctors and/or Pharmacies in Kansas City
In many countries, when you are sick, you go to the hospital. That is where the doctors are.
In the US, it is different. The only time you go to the hospital is when it is serious. If you go to the hospital, it will be very expensive. Even with insurance, it can cost you $500 or more. In the U.S., it is less expensive to visit a doctor in a private office, Urgent Care Center, or Minute Clinic.
If the UMKC Health Center is unable to provide the medical care that you need, you can find other providers off campus that accept your Aetna health insurance. UMKC does not have a pharmacy, you will need to use a pharmacy off campus to get your prescription medications.
- Click here to find a doctor or pharmacy off campus.
- Click here for more information about making a doctor’s appointment.
Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222.
Call 9-1-1 for situations that threaten life or property and need immediate attention.
Basic Health Information
Many medical problems can be taken care of at home without the need for doctors. Basic health supplies may not be at the top of your list of items to bring to college, but having a personal supply of over-the-counter medicines and first aid materials will save you the trip to the pharmacy or book store when you don’t feel well enough to leave home.
Below is a short list of items we suggest having.
- Health insurance card
- Anti-itch cream / hydrocortisone
- Hot and cold pack
- Over-the-counter medications.
When do I need to arrive in Kansas City?
We recommend all students arrive at least a week before classes start to help you settle in. There are many things to do during your first week. To learn more about what you will need to do in your first week in Kansas City, visit the New Students page.
Currently, UMKC requires International Students to quarantine for 14 days after entering the U.S. This means that students need to arrive in Kansas City at least 14 days before classes begin.
You cannot arrive more than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. USCIS will not allow you to enter the country more than 30 days before this date.
I’m going to be late. What should I do?
If you cannot arrive until after the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need a late arrival letter from UMKC. Without this letter, USCIS will not allow entry into the U.S. To get this letter, please contact the ALI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will being late affect my class grade?
Maybe. If you are a returning student arriving late, you will not be able to make up any missing assignments or tests. Your teachers will expect you to learn what you missed on your own; they will not provide any extra help.
Class Related Questions
Can I retake the placement exam?
No. Students can only take the placement test once. But don’t worry. During the first week of classes, your teachers will continue to assess your performance. If they decide that you should be moved to a different level, they will contact the Academic Advisor at the ALI with the change recommendation.
I want to change levels. What do I need to do?
Talk to your teacher about changing levels. Your teacher will talk to the teacher in the level you want to move to. If both teachers agree that you should move, they will contact the Academic Advisor with the recommendation.
I can’t register because there is a hold on my account. What should I do?
There are many different holds that could cause this to happen. Go here for more detailed instructions about what to do.
I’m having a problem with my classes. Who should I talk to about it?
Please contact the Academic Advisor, Blair Lacy, at email@example.com.
Tuition and Money Questions
When can I pay my bill?
At UMKC, students pay their bill after they have registered for classes. If you would like to prepay, contact our Business Support Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I pay my bill?
Students can pay their bill online or on campus at UMKC Central or the Cashier’s Office.
I still owe some of my fees. Should I stop going to class until I can pay?
No. Owing UMKC should not stop you from going to class. Continue going to class and pay your fees as soon as possible.
A new semester is starting and I still owe fees from last semester. What should I do?
Until you pay these fees, you will not be able to enroll/register for classes.
You need to contact the Cashier’s Office to pay your fees. If you cannot pay the whole amount, the Cashier’s Office will set up a repayment agreement with you. Once you make your first payment, you will be able to enroll/register in classes.
I bought health insurance in my home country. Do I still have to pay for UMKC’s health insurance?
Maybe. All F-1 and J-1 students are required to purchase health insurance through UMKC. Waivers for this fee are only given in special circumstances.
How do I get my student ID card?
Students can get their student ID cards at the UMKC One Card Office at the Student Union. You will need your student ID number to get your card. You can learn more about your student ID card and what it can do here.
I lost my student ID card. What should I do?
Go to the Get Funds website to report your card lost or stolen. You must register on Get Funds before you can use the website.