Tuition-Related Frequently Asked Questions

My UMKC Bill

Something on my bill is wrong. What should I do?

First, check to see if the answer to your problem is below.
If it isn’t, please ask our Business Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day. You can come into the office or email her at daye@umkc.edu. She will work with the Cashier’s Office to fix the problem.

The tuition is listed twice. Is this a mistake?

No. 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.
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.
In Spring 2018, the total cost of tuition is $9,896.27. The resident portion of your educational fees are $3,336.00. The non-resident portion are $5,890.80. This adds up to $9,226.80. The remainder ($669.47) is divided into the fees that you see.
For an explanation for what each educational fee pays for, Click here.

Paying My Bill

I would like to pay my tuition ahead of time. Can I do that?

YES. Please contact our Business Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at daye@umkc.edu, for more information.

I’m not sure that I can pay all my bill by the time classes begin. Does UMKC offer any kind of payment plans?

YES. UMKC allows you to make installment payments

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.

A new semester is starting and I still owe some of my fees. What should I do?

Until you pay these fees, you will not be able to enroll in class.
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.

ALI Scholarship

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 daye@umkc.edu.

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 daye@umkc.edu.

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 daye@umkc.edu. She will work with the Cashier to fix the problem.

I see my scholarship.

Please contact our Business Specialist, Ms. Elisa Day, at daye@umkc.edu. She will work with the Cashier to fix the problem.

Tuition Refunds

I paid my entire bill. How do I get a refund once the ALI Scholarship is applied?

You do not need to do anything. Once the scholarship is applied, UMKC will issue you a refund.
If you have saved a bank account in Pathway, it will send your refund directly to your bank.
If you have no bank account in Pathway, you will be mailed a check with your refund from the Accounting Office in Columbia, Missouri.
Click here for instructions on how to save your bank account on Pathway.

Health Insurance

I bought health insurance in my home country. Do I still have to pay for UMKC’s health insurance?

YES. Purchasing health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Waivers for this fee are only given in special circumstances. Go here for more information about international student health insurance.