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Cowley County Community College

Also known as Cowley College

1255 S Range, Colby, KS

Cowley County Community College, located in Arkansas City, Kansas, was founded in 1922 and was originally known as Arkansas City Junior College. The school originally operated out of a high school basement, receiving the nickname “Basement University”, receiving its own campus in 1952. The school went through multiple name revisions in the 1960's to meet changing state standards regarding two year institutions and was also met with a growth in enrollment and program offerings. Currently the school operates additional facilities in Wichita, Mulvane, Winfield and Wellington. The school is dedicated to providing a quality education for residents of its service area and is fully accredited by the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission. The school is also known as Cowley College


Cowley County Community College offers a variety of programs that allow students to choose their path primarily through academic transfer and career training opportunities. Academic transfer is accomplished through the completion of a curriculum that mirrors the first two years of a four year education. Upon completion the student will apply to a four year institution to continue their education, eventually earning a bachelor's degree. Cowley College has agreements in place with multiple schools to help ease transfer requirements, and it is recommended that any students wishing to transfer, be it to a state school or private institution, should meet with a counselor to prepare a curriculum.

Career training programs offer students education and skill development in a high demand field with the purpose of assisting the student seek long term employment upon completion. Programs will typically have a practical component taught by experienced professionals that prepare students for real world use of skills and abilities. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or degree that demonstrates competency and dedication to potential employers.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Cowley County Community College is an open enrollment institution that allows students to enroll if they meet the minimum requirements, complete an application, and pay all fees. Students are also asked  to provide transcripts and test scores, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Students are also encouraged to participate in new student orientation and to meet with a counselor in order to familiarize themselves with the campus and plan their academic future.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information provided within which will be used by the financial aid office to determine need and aid program eligibility when constructing a students aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year and should be submitted prior to posted dates to ensure the information is available prior to the start of the school year.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the candidates Cowley College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,700-$2,100
    • Out-of-State: $3,500-$4,176
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $57-$68 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $120-$140 per credit unit
  • On-campus housing and meals are estimated to cost around $6,500, the amount includes the serving of nineteen meals every week

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid92%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships85%$4,379
Receiving Student Loans40%$3,506
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Cowley County Community College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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