Tuition and Fees

TUITION AND FEE STATEMENTS will NOT be mailed unless requested by the student. Students may view their tuition through their GUS account by clicking on the Student Accounts link. See Tuition and Fee payments dates and procedures for additional information.  For additional information on creating a GUS account or receiving a paper fee statement contact the Registrar's Office at 620-235-4200.

Schedule of Tuition and Fees

for Academic Year 2020-2021

See Academic Calendar

Undergraduate student tuition and fees

Fall & Spring (per semester)
Gorilla Advantage
Gorilla Edge, Midwest Exchange, Legacy Non-Resident
Undergraduate students enrolled in 10 hours or more
$3,752 $5,211.00 $9,424
Tuition and Fees per credit hour for undergraduates enrolled in 9 hours or less
$274 $372 $652

Graduate student tuition and fees

Fall & Spring (per semester)
Gorilla Advantage
Gorilla Edge Non-Resident
Graduate students enrolled in 9 hours or more
$4,244 $5,949 $9,660
Tuition and Fees per credit hour for graduate students enrolled in 8 hours or less
$363 $505 $815

Doctorate of Nursing Program

Students are expected to complete 77 credit hours over a bachelor's degree.
Tuition per credit hour: $513

Summer tuition

Summer tuition is billed per credit hour only.

Non-resident, part-time students enrolled in a degree program offered online or off-campus will pay the resident tuition rate. All other non-resident students will pay the non-resident tuition rates for all courses.

Reduced Tuition Plans

Gorilla Advantage Tuition Program
The Gorilla Advantage Tuition Program makes it possible for eligible non-resident students from select counties in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas* to pay resident tuition and fees.  To be eligible as an undergraduate, a student must be a U.S. citizen and either permanently reside in (for at least 12 consecutive months) or graduate from a high school located in one of the eligible counties and enroll at PSU within one semester after high school graduation. A graduate student may also qualify if he/she is a U.S. citizen and meet the graduate admission requirements for his/her selected academic major.

*Eligible counties include:

Missouri - Barton, Barry, Bates, Cass, Cedar, Clay, Dade, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Platte, St. Clair, Vernon
Oklahoma - Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Tulsa, Washington
Arkansas - Benton, Washington

Starting in Fall 2020:
All of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma residents

Gorilla Edge Tuition Program
Non-resident students who are permanent residents of Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas pay 150% of resident tuition plus fees.

Starting in Fall 2020:
Residents of Texas, Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska

Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a tuition discount program designed to improve access for non-resident undergraduate students to attend Pittsburg State University in select academic programs. Students selected to receive the MSEP discount pay 150% of resident tuition plus fees.  A non-resident student who is a permanent resident of one of the following states may be eligible:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan (*expires Spring 2021), Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
*Any student who enrolls after Spring 2021 from Michigan will not be eligible. Current students from Michigan will be grandfathered in.

To be eligible as a freshman, a student must have a minimum 21 ACT/980 SAT and at least a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the Kansas Regents' Pre-College Curriculum.  A transfer student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Incoming freshmen and transfer students must also major in one of the following areas:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Geography
  • Graphic Communications Management
  • History
  • Justice Studies
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Plastics Engineering Technology
  • Political Science
  • Recreation
  • Sociology
  • Technology and Engineering Education
  • Wood Technology

The MSEP tuition discount will expire after four years of undergraduate study or upon earning an undergraduate degree; whichever occurs first.  MSEP recipients must maintain a major within the list of MSEP majors, maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative college GPA and maintain full-time enrollment.

Gorilla Legacy Tuition Program
The Legacy Tuition Program makes it possible for eligible non-resident students to pay 150% of resident tuition plus fees.  An undergraduate student is eligible if all of the following criteria apply:

  • Enrolling as a full-time student
  • Meets criteria for regular admission as a freshman or transfer
  • Has a parent or grandparent who graduated from PSU with a bachelors, masters or post-masters degree

The duration of the award is up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.  The length of the award varies dependent upon transfer hours earned prior to the student's first enrollment at Pittsburg State University.  Renewal beyond the first year requires that a student maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 on all work completed at Pittsburg State.

Additional Fees

Course fees

Classes with course fees
Pittsburg State University defines a course fee as a charge applied at the course level for consumable expenses directly related to the student's participation in a course. A course fee is based on plausible estimates of the anticipated costs or previous records of actual costs and are kept as low as possible. Courses with a fee are denoted in the class schedule with a CF$ footnote.
View Classes with Course Fees

BIOL 212
BIOL 258
BIOL 660
CIS 420
COMM 274
$12 per credit hour
COMM 474
$12 per credit hour
COMM 575
$12 per credit hour
COMM 715
$12 per credit hour
COMM 733
$12 per credit hour
EDUC 261
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 307
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 308
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 345
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 458
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 464
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 475
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 477
$10 per credit hour
EDUC 579
$10 per credit hour
FCS 401
HHP 150
HHPR 760
PHYS 130
PHYS 131
PHYS 172
SPED 350
$10 per credit hour
SPED 450
$10 per credit hour
SPED 510
$10 per credit hour
SPED 511
$10 per credit hour
SPED 550
$10 per credit hour
TCHL 825
$10 per credit hour
TCHL 849
$10 per credit hour

Distance learning fee
An additional $36 per credit hour Distance Fee is applied to Continuing Studies
courses held an extended distance from campus. 

Electronic access fee
A media fee of $36 per credit hour is added to all on-line courses, hybrid courses and courses on the interactive distance learning network.

Technology course fee
A course fee of $18 per credit hour in addition to the above listed tuition fee, will be charged for all courses taught through the College of Technology. The general education course GT 190 Introduction to Technological Systems, 2 hours, is excluded from the fee assessment. A maximum cap of $180 per student/per semester will be collected for the technology course fee.

Late Payment Fees

On the day after tuition is due, a $50.00 fee is assessed for any tuition balance greater than or equal to $110 for all students who have not entered into a payment plan.  During the fall and spring semester a second $50.00 fee is assessed when the student has any balance 30 days after the initial due date.  A maximum of $100 in late fee charges can be assessed per semester for unpaid balances.  Students enrolling after the initial deadline to pay for the term, will also be assessed a late fee.  Exceptions:  Classes not scheduled to begin at the time of regular classes or enrollment delays due to University procedures as determined by the Registrar. 

Refund Policy

A student who withdraws during the first week of the semester for a full semester course will be refunded all tuition.

A student who withdraws after the first week but during the first one-third of a semester will be refunded one-half tuition with the exceptin of class, laboratory and computer access fees.

A student who withdraws after the first one-third of a semester is not entitled to any refund.

Fees for private lessons are not refunded.

The refund policy shall apply to semesters.  Prorated refunds will be applied to classes, or terms of shorter duration, including summer term.  (See university calendar).*

Withdrawals and refunds must be reviewed by several offices before being processed.  Students should allow three weeks for approved refunds to be received.  Funds are returned to the source from which they were initially received.  If paid by credit card, refunds are returned to the same credit card.  There are no refunds for 1-2 day courses or travel courses once the program has begun.

An appeal process is available to the student who feels their situation warrants an exception from the stated fee refund policy.  Students should direct written appeals to the University Registrar.  The Petition for Refund form can be found on the Registrar's web page, under Forms, at

*Please note the online Professional MBA program is not included in the general refund policy. See the Online MBA Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule

Financial Aid disbursements will be completed via GUS for the Fall 2020 semester. Students receiving federal financial aid or scholarships must verify their enrollment through Gus.  Once the verification process is completed students will be able to view their financial aid awards on the "Student Account" within a few days. Students who pay fees by a paper loan check, scholarship or outside sponsorship (3rd Party) of any kind must report to the Office of Cashiers and Student Accounts, Room 112, Horace Mann to have their student accounts validated by the deadline. Failure to report to the Cashiers will result in cancellation of your enrollment.

Students will enroll in Direct Deposit for any refund or decline Direct Deposit when they complete  “Verification of Enrollment for Disbursement of Funds”in order for their financial assistance to be applied to their university charges. If a student declines Direct Deposit, a paper check will be issued in 10 days and mailed to the student’s permanent address.

Campus Privilege Fees and Descriptions

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