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The Kanakuk Institute is a priceless investment with life-changing results for generations to come.

Through the generosity of our donors, each participating student will receive a $7,500 scholarship toward the $20,000 cost of the Kanakuk Institute. In exchange for this scholarship, students will participate in our Work Study Program, a two-hour weekly commitment. 


Once the scholarship is applied, actual tuition for the Kanakuk Institute Class of 2022 is $12,750 and may be split into two easy payments.

Tuition Breakdown

We are committed to helping students walk in freedom in every area of their lives. This includes finances, thus we come alongside each of our students to help them understand good stewardship and develop financial faithfulness. With this in mind, students also have the ability to establish a payment plan in order to fulfill their tuition. 

Cost of Living Comparison

The cost of the Kanakuk Institute can be intimidating, but when you compare to the cost of living in a major city, the Institute is not only less, it will stretch your dollar. The tangible and intangible benefits you receive through the Institute provides tremendous value for the rest of your life.

Cost of Living Comparison:

National Average$252.69$1,095.00$13,140.00
Kanakuk Institute$240.38$1,041.67$12,500.00
Kansas City$264.82$1,147.55$13,770.60
Oklahoma City$255.53$1,107.28$13,287.36

Cost of living for cities includes: average rent for one-bedroom apartment or room and average    food cost.


KI Tuition Includes:

To support their tuition, most students fundraise with the many tools provided by the Kanakuk Institute. About 50-60% of KI students also choose to work part-time in the community.

Work Study Program

Every student at the Kanakuk Institute is eligible to receive a $7,500 scholarship. As part of the scholarship, students are asked to spend two hours a week completing a campus job. We have more than 40 campus jobs to choose from and students will have the opportunity to select a job based on their interests and schedule.

Students will also be assigned a meal crew, showing up early to one meal a week to help serve, and clean the dining hall after.

You will have the opportunity to enroll in the work study program when you complete your enrollment paperwork.

Student Loan Option via John Brown University Masters Program

If a student chooses to pursue a Master’s degree with John Brown University or another partner institution, the additional credit hours needed for degree completion will run at the specific University’s tuition rate. Learn more.

*Students enrolling in the John Brown University Masters Program are eligible to receive student loans for their entire tuition (including KI’s $12,250 cost). Those students not enrolling in JBU are not eligible to receive student loans.

Please Note: 

Any payment made toward a specific student’s tuition is not tax deductible, thus the Institute is unable to issue gift receipts or 1098T forms for tuition.