Jul 20, 2024  
2024 - 2025 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2024 - 2025 Cowley College Academic Catalog

Financial Information


Cowley College is committed to providing affordable education. The cost to attend Cowley College is significantly less than attending a university or private school. Costs include tuition, fees, books, and housing. Students also need to budget appropriately for other miscellaneous expenses.

Tuition and Fees

View tuition and fees for the Academic Year.

Note: The Cowley College Board of Trustees has the right to change tuition and fees at any time without notice.

Cowley Campus/Centers-Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on per-credit-hour and a student’s legal place of residency. Different tuition rates apply to residents of Cowley County, other Kansas counties, Oklahoma, other USA states, and International countries.

In addition, there are fees charged per-credit-hour, such as general fees, activity fees, and technology fees.

Some courses have additional course fees and expenses for tools and supplies. 

Cowley College Online-Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for courses taught exclusively online through Cowley College Online are the same as for courses taught at other Cowley locations.

This rate does not include books or other miscellaneous expenses associated with an individual course.

The Accelerated Non-Destructive Testing program offered online has a different pricing structure.

Text Books

The Bookstore is proud to be a part of Cowley College and to support the educational mission of the institution. Cowley College owns and operates two bookstores for the convenience of our students and the communities that we serve; the Sid L. Regnier Bookstore on the Main Campus in Arkansas City, and the Online Bookstore. Visit the bookstore for a complete listing of textbook requirements for all Cowley College courses. Students will find course requirement information including textbook title, author, edition, ISBN, new and used prices, as well and rental and digital options. Digital access charges are automatically charged to student accounts.

Housing and Meal Plans

The Cowley College Campus, located in Arkansas City KS, has seven dormitories that offer student housing for 500+ full-time students. We now have a new dorm option located at our Wellington campus. Each resident has the option to select a meal plan that best suits their needs. The cost of the contract will depend on the meal plan selected. See current housing costs.

Living in Cowley’s dorms provides a complete meal package of your choice, 24-hour security, free wireless internet service and a modem provided in each room, free on-site laundry facilities, free digital cable, central heating and air-conditioning, free wellness center membership, and computer labs/Study rooms in each dorm.

Students should plan ahead to secure housing accommodations. Rooms are assigned on a first- come, first-serve basis, and space is limited. Contact the Housing Office at 620.441.5289 for more information.

Payment of Tuition, Fees, and Plans

Payment Policy

Students are expected to settle all accounts with the college by the first day of class. Students with outstanding accounts will not be issued transcripts and/or diplomas and may not enroll for another semester until such accounts have been settled.

Students who enroll early must pay one-hundred-percent of tuition and fees-not covered by scholarships, financial aid, or a monthly payment plan-prior to the first day of classes for a semester.

Students enrolling after the first day of classes for a semester must pay tuition and fees- not covered by scholarships, financial aid, or a monthly payment plan-at the time of enrollment.

Students who enroll in classes will be held responsible for payment of tuition and fees. Tuition and fees will be credited back to the student’s account only if the student officially drops classes within the refund period according to the Add/Drop policy.

Tuition and fees may be paid in person at the Arkansas City campus, Mulvane Center, Wichita Center, or Sumner-Wellington campus, or mailed to 125 S. Second St.; P.O. Box 1147, Arkansas City KS 67005, or paid online through their Cowley Connect Portal. We have added a new and easy payment option! Enter you student name, student ID number or date of birth, and the amount you want to pay. This will reflect on your account within 24 business hours.

Payment Plan for Students

In an effort to assist you with budgeting your college expenses, Cowley College has made available a payment plan through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Nelnet gives you the option of monthly payments to help make the cost of higher education as affordable as possible. Nelnet offers a variety of online payment options, including payment in full, monthly budget payments, or down payments with monthly budget payments. Payments are processed via a credit card or automatic bank payments from checking or savings accounts. The cost is $35 per semester  to enroll in a payment plan. You may also make a full payment online FREE.

How the Payment Plan Works

Go to your Cowley Connect through the login Single Sign On.

Click the “Student Billing” tab from the top menu selection.

To set up a payment plan, click “Set up payment plan” under the ‘Payment Options”. Choose the number of installments you would like from options authorized by Cowley College. The sooner you sign up, the more options you will have available. Choose where automatic payments will come from-checking accounts, savings accounts, or credit cards. Pay $35 per semester for the service.

Payments for International Students

International students can use Flywire. Cowley College has partnered with Flywire to offer an innovative and streamlined way to make international tuition payments. Log into your Cowley Connect portal. Click the ‘Students Billing’ tab. You can select the Flywire button under ‘Payment Options’.

Returned Check Policy

Checks that are returned due to insufficient funds are electronically processed by a third party company and charged a $30 NSF fee. An insufficient funds check does not constitute payment and student records will be placed on hold until payment has been received.

Refund of Tuition and Fees

Adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses will have an effect on student bills and the amount owed, depending on when the transaction is completed. Students may obtain a copy of Policy 410, REFUND OF TUITION AND FEES.

Dropping a Class

To drop a class, the student must complete and submit a drop/add form or drop from their Cowley Connect account. Classes may not be dropped by telephone. For refund information, please refer to the last day to drop with a refund on your course schedule.

Refund dates for each class are found on the student schedule.

In rare occasions, a student may need to switch from one section of a class to another to better meet their needs. In such occasions, a drop/add form must be completed by the student and signed by both instructors. If this is requested after the drop/add deadline, it will require the aforementioned completed form and approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The current grade from the first instructor will be transferred to the second instructor.

Course Withdraw

Students who wish to withdraw from a course after the refund date of the course is over will have a “W” grade recorded on their transcript and will be responsible for one-hundred-percent of their tuition and fees associated with that course. Students will owe back for all consumable bookstore materials on withdrawn courses.

Complete Withdrawal Policy

A student who wants to withdraw from all classes, with the intention of not returning to college the following semester, must obtain the official complete withdrawal form from the Registrar’s office. The completed form must be submitted to the Registrar’s office.

Procedure for a complete withdrawal includes:

  1. Obtain a COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL form from the Registrar’s office or advisor.
  2. Meet with Enrollment Management staff to complete form.
  3. Return form to Registrar’s office. A “W” grade will be recorded on the student’s permanent record if the withdrawal is if 11% of the semester has passed.

A complete withdrawal will have an adverse effect on Federal Aid and Veteran’s benefits.