Cost of Attendance

MBKU is a private, non-profit, independent, educational institution that does not seek, nor receive any direct government funding for its operations. Tuition and fees, however, cover less than half of the total operating expenses of the University. The balance of operating expenses are covered by contributions from individuals, alumni, corporations and foundations, as well as endowment income, investment income, and income derived from University clinics.

Overview of Cost

Annual Tuition $41,236
Annual Student Association Fee $150

Parking Fee

  • Primary Lot A
  • Primary Lots B or D



Estimates for books, instruments, equipment, supplies, and clinic uniforms 
for each of the four professional years are listed below.

First Year
Second Year
Third Year



For a more detailed breakdown of the Cost of Attendance for each year, see our MBKU Standard Budget.

Estimated total cost for four years of optometric education, including living costs = $251,848.

Other Fees

Secondary Application Fee / OD Program (payable with application) $75

Matriculation Fee / OD Program (paid upon acceptance and credited to Fall Quarter tuition upon enrollment)

Diploma/Graduation Fee $150
Late Payment of Tuition Fee $50
Transcripts $20
Verification of Graduation / OD Program $20
Audit per unit  $100
Tuition per unit $1,100
Evaluation of transcripts in special cases
(advanced standing OD Program)

While the occasion has not previously presented itself, the Board of Trustees of Marshall B. Ketchum University does reserve the right to change the tuition and fees or to establish additional fees for special features or services if deemed necessary.