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.

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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid is awarded to students based 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.

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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

Explore tuition and fee rates for our Pre-Pharmacy, Pharm. D. and IPh.D. programs, and review our Student Budget Planning Guide for more information.

Tuition and fee rates

Pharmacy Student Budget Planning Guide (PDF) 

Pre-Pharmacy applicants

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.

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Pharm.D. applicants

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.

Out-of-state applicants Nonresident Award

All U.S. Citizens and permanent residents admitted to the Pharm.D. program receive a Dean’s Nonresident Award which covers the nonresident fees, so they will pay the Missouri in-state tuition regardless of current state of residence. 

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.

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Speak With an Advisor

No matter what kind of student you are, financial aid advisors at the School of Pharmacy can help you understand the funding options available to you. Email or call the Financial Aid Office at 816-235-6783.