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Your education is an important investment in your future. Let us connect you with the resources you need to make your education affordable.

Tuition at UMKC is lower than many schools in the region, and out-of state students can apply for residency and nonresidency awards to make it more affordable. Even so, figuring out how to finance your degree can be confusing and overwhelming. Students admitted without a degree will be undergrad in year one of pharmacy school, but will receive professional-level financial aid in years two through four. 

The UMKC School of Pharmacy connects you with resources to estimate your costs and create a plan to pay for your education.

The first step is estimating your costs.

Pharmacy Student Budget Planning Guide (PDF)

Pre-pharmacy students

The cost of obtaining your prerequisites depends on which institution you attend, how many years you take to complete your coursework and whether you receive scholarships and grants. Pre-pharmacy students pay undergraduate tuition while completing their pre-pharmacy course requirements.

The average UMKC pharmacy student completes three years of undergraduate education before they enter the Pharm.D. program. However, some students complete their prerequisites in two years.

Pharm.D. students

First-year Pharm.D. students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree before beginning coursework are considered undergraduate. Other Pharm.D. students are considered graduate and can receive graduate- and professional-level financial aid. The Pharm.D. degree requires four years of coursework.

Ph.D. pharmacy students

The School of Pharmacy collaborates with the School of Graduate Studies to offer two interdisciplinary programs — Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmacology and Toxicology. Students in these programs are considered graduate level.

Tuition and Fee Rates

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid is awarded to students based on on expected family contribution, dependency status, residency, level in school and degree type. Undergraduate-level students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible.

Learn more about financial aid and scholarships

Undergraduate students may be able to retain Bright Flight or other scholarships while in the Pharm.D. program. Discuss this with a UMKC financial aid advisor.

Questions? Contact the UMKC Financial Aid Office by phone at 816-235-1154 or email.

Pharm.D. students use a combination of loans, scholarships and income from working as a pharmacy intern to finance their degree. The level of financial aid available during the first year of the Pharm.D. program varies depending on whether you have completed a bachelor's degree.


Financial aid advisors at the School of Pharmacy can help you understand funding options available to you. Call them at 816-235-6783 or email.


Students admitted to the Pharm.D. program are eligible for scholarships from the School of Pharmacy.

School of Pharmacy scholarships

Missouri residents make up 86 percent of our enrollment. We have several options to help lower tuition costs for out-of-state students.

Missouri residency

Students who are U.S. citizens or have attained permanent resident status but are not considered Missouri residents can petition for Missouri residency to be eligible for the in-state tuition and fee rate.

Apply for residency

Nonresident awards

  • The Dean’s Nonresident Award provides a 90 percent reduction in the differential between in-state and out-of-state pharmacy school tuition to any newly enrolled non-Missouri resident student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • The Chancellor’s Historically Underrepresented Minority Nonresident Award allows newly enrolled non-Missouri, U.S. citizen or permanent resident students who identify on the UMKC admission application as African American, Hispanic or Native American to pay in-state tuition.