Affordable Education

Our focus is on you—the student. We are committed to your success and want to ensure your time at IHOPU is affordable. That’s why more than 50% of our students receive financial aid each school year.

Types of Financial Aid

  • Need-based scholarships: This scholarship is designed to provide financial aid based on demonstrated need.
  • Work-study: We offer competitive wages for students who work  6 to 12 hours per week on-campus. Work-study provides job training and skill development under the supervision of dedicated IHOPU staff while earning financial aid. 

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial aid applications are made available on the IHOPU Student Hub under Forms in February of each year. To apply, submit a Financial Aid Application to Financial Services before the final Friday in March*.

A few important things to note:

  • For legal reasons, M-1 international students are not eligible for work-study. Rather they are welcome to apply for a need-based scholarships.
  • While we strive to provide financial aid to as many students as possible, submitting a financial aid application does not guarantee you will receive an award.
  • Financial aid is awarded one school year at a time and must be applied for each year. 

Domestic/Online Student Costs

Accepted students: Visit the Student Hub for information about making payments, the payment schedule, and payment plans. FAQ’s are listed below.

All prices are in United States dollars (USD).

Tuition Per Semester

MajorForerunner School of Worship (FSW)Forerunner School of Ministry (FSM)Forerunner Media Institute (FMI)
Baseline Tuition$1,900$1,375$1,900
Lecture/Mentorship$375$375$375
Skill-Based$695$695$695

Total Cost for Full-Time Student per Semester

Forerunner School of Worship (FSW)Forerunner School of Ministry (FSM)Forerunner Media Institute (FMI)
Minimum$4,040$2,875$4,040
MaximumN/A$3,515$4,360

*One-time $50 New Student Orientation Fee for all Freshman, one-time $50 Graduation Fee for all Seniors, and an annual $150 SMT Fee for all students going on ministry trips.

†The total tuition costs are based on the number of enrolled skill-based and lecture classes.

Domestic Intern Costs

Cost per adult. See Internships for pricing for teens and for children’s tracks »

LengthCostOther
One Thing InternshipSix months$5,200
Fall 2020*
$6,000
Spring 2021
Includes food & housing
Intro to IHOPKCTrack 1
Three months
$1,350
Track 2
Three months
$1,350
Fire in the NightTrack 1
Three months
$3,275Includes food & housing
Track 2
Three months
$2,375Includes food & housing
Simeon CompanyTrack 1
Three months
$1,350
Track 2
Three months
$1,350

*OTI Fall 2020 track will be three weeks shorter, resulting in lower cost.

International Student Costs

FSWFSMFMI
Tuition$8,080$5,750–$7,030$8,080
International Administration Fee*$500$500$500
Living Expenses‡ for Full Year$7,500$7,500$7,500
Health Insurance‡ for Full Year$700$700$700
Orientation Fee$50$50$50
Total‡$16,830$14,500–$15,780$16,830

*This fee applies to the first two years of study. In subsequent years, international students pay the same tuition rates as domestic students. Other costs remain the same in subsequent years (activity fee, living expenses, health insurance).

Please note these costs are estimated for international students studying in English. Please see tuition for FSM-Chinese.

There is a one-time $50 orientation fee for first-semester freshmen and intern transfers.

International students are required, by law, to provide proof of sufficient financial resources to cover living expenses. IHOPU requires international students to purchase health insurance during their time of study at IHOPU. For more info, contact internationaladmissions@ihopu.org.

If you are married and your spouse and/or children will be accompanying you to the United States, an additional amount of funds amounting to $6,000 for a spouse and $4,000 per child must be available yearly. For more info, contact internationaladmissions@ihopu.org.

International Intern Costs

International interns pay an administration fee and are obliged, by law, to have health insurance and provide proof of sufficient financial resources to cover living expenses. For more info, contact internationaladmissions@ihopu.org.

One Thing InternshipIntro to IHOPKC & Simeon CompanyFire in the Night
Residential
Fire in the Night
Non-Residential
Tuition$6,000Track 1:
$1,350
Track 2: $1,350
Track 1: $3,275
Track 2: $2,375
Track 1: $1,300
Track 2: $1,200
One-time Housing Deposit$400Not Applicable$200Not Applicable
Administrative Fee$250$250$250$250
Living ExpensesIncluded
(Residential
Ages 18-25)
$6,000Included
(Residential
Ages 18-25)
$5,000
Health Insurance$200$760$350$350
Total$6,450$9,710 for both tracks$6,250 for both tracks$8,100 for both tracks

The One Thing Internship is a six-month program. The other internships offer two three-month tracks. Interns may take only Track 1 if they wish, but many choose to stay for Track 2. If you intend to join IHOPKC staff or transfer to the second semester of IHOPU, you will need to complete both tracks. For more information see Internships Home.

Please note these costs are estimated for international interns studying in English.


† Subject to change.

‡ Estimated. Cost does not include expenses for dependents. Actual cost will vary based on your age. These figures are necessary to international applicants because IHOPU requires a guarantee of financial resources from each applicant who expects to obtain and maintain M-1 student status. International students are also required to have health insurance. For more info, contact internationaladmissions@ihopu.org.


Because we value students graduating debt-free from International House of Prayer University, we are committed to keeping tuition costs low and expenses at a minimum. The international administration fee supports the university’s staff administrators and expenses incurred for services.

Frequently asked questions

  • Tuition is due in full by the first day of school. A $15.00 fee is applied to all late payments.

  • All payments are made to the Business Office at the Red Bridge Center (RBC). For office hours, please contact the Payments Department directly at payments@ihopkc.org or (816) 763-0200 x2201.

  • We accept cash, check, credit or debit card.

  • We are working to update our database to enable online payments.

  • To qualify for a payment plan, the student must connect with Financial Services and make a down payment of 60% of the school tuition plus all fees before beginning the payment plan process. The student agrees to abide by the payment plan process and accept applicable fees, etc. in the event tuition payments are not made on time.

  • If payments are not received on time, late fees apply as well as the possibility of financial hold and eventually academic withdrawal from school.

  • Scholarships and Financial Aid are available to students attending the IHOPU campus.

  • Only on-campus students are applicable for scholarships, financial aid, and work study at this time.

  • Our refund policy is scheduled within the first few weeks of school. If a student elects to withdraw within the first 3 days of the first week of class, the student is eligible for a 100% refund. If a student elects to withdraw a week after the school start date, the student is then eligible for a 90% refund. For more information, please contact financialservices@ihopu.org.

  • We strongly encourage students to have a plan to complete their IHOPU education by preparing for all the necessary expenses (housing, tuition, etc.) and personal needs ahead of time before making the transition to Kansas City.