Affordability

Paying for college is overwhelming. Let us help. Learn about the diverse scholarships and financial aid resources that exist at UMKC, the School of Biological Sciences and from external agencies.

UMKC offers financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans and work-study jobs. We also roll out the welcome mat for our neighbors with the “Metro Rate,” which is in-state tuition for students who reside in 11 Kansas counties bordering the Kansas City area.

Your degree from the School of Biological Sciences will allow you to join a growing industry with diverse job opportunities that offer several avenues for professional growth and career promotion.

Undergraduate Students

UMKC students are awarded about $150 million in combined financial aid every year. It means more than three-quarters of the student body qualify for financial aid. And 94 percent of first-year UMKC students receive some type of finance assistance.

To access financial aid, grants and more, students must complete the FAFSA by Feb. 1, which is the priority deadline. Students can file later but risk losing out on limited funds. UMKC also offers numerous scholarships to undergraduates. SBS can help with scholarships too. Each year the college offers the Douglas J. Law textbook scholarship.

Graduate Students

The School of Biological Sciences offers several affordable options to ease the burden for M.S. students. Our Graduate Teaching Assistants are compensated for their work in the undergraduate biology labs. Graduate students are eligible to federal, state and UMKC financial aid and have access to several diverse UMKC scholarships.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are $2,400 – $3,600 per semester, depending on the number of laboratory sections assigned. Students will receive GTA application information in their acceptance letters and are encouraged to apply immediately. Positions are based on availability and typically determined by the end of July. Positions vary but range from about 17 to 18 in the fall, 15 to 16 every spring and two in the summer. Enrolled students in the M.S. program have priority before new students. To reapply for another semester, Ph.D. and M.S. students talk informally with the graduate programs coordinator.

SBS requires any doctoral student with an SBS-funded stipend to fulfill a GTA.

Doctoral Assistantships

Our Ph.D. candidates can expect to find financial support as they advance their careers. The School of Biological Sciences offers assistantships, which provide a yearly stipend of $24,000, plus tuition waivers. Admission to the Ph.D. program automatically enrolls students in these financial assistantships. Students can expect to gain practical experience by lecturing and performing several roles in the laboratory including leading discussion, assisting students, grading lab assignments and more.