Cost & Financial Aid | Optometry

Estimated Costs

2015-2016 Estimated Cost of Attendance for First-Year OD Student

Tuition for First Academic Year $37,254
Rent and Food ($1,450 per month*) $13,050<
Books and Equipment $5,144
Laptop Computer** $2,000
Transportation ($125 per month) $1,125
Miscellaneous $2,384

* Housing and Board equals out to $1,450 per month for the nine-month academic term, and includes costs for rent, food, transportation, etc. The low monthly amount is due to the low cost of living in this area, compared to many urban areas across the country. Rent in Forest Grove ranges from $600-$800 per month, and can be as low as $400 per month if you choose to have roommates.

**A laptop computer is required for all optometry students. University Information Services has information about laptop recommendations for students in the College of Optometry. Students do not have to purchase a new laptop if they own a laptop that fulfills the recommendations.

Financial Aid

Need-based aid in the form of loans, work-study, and other funding is available to those who demonstrate financial need. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Students applying to the optometry program should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1 and no later than March 1. 

Do not wait to be accepted to apply for financial aid.


Pacific University College of Optometry is pleased to award approximately 20 scholarships to first-year optometry students. The scholarships include our Dean's Merit Award ($15,000 over three years), the Dean's Scholarships ($5,000 toward your first year tuition), and other awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Scholarships are determined by the overall quality of your application, including GPA and OAT scores; your written application and letters of reference; your on-campus interview; and compatibility with specified criteria when applicable. The majority of the scholarships are awarded by the Admissions Committee in the spring.


The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) offers financial assistance to certified professional optometry students from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. 

All residents from the states above are strongly encouraged to apply for WICHE certification. The WICHE PSEP application deadline is different for each state, but is usually in September or October of the year prior to entrance in the program.


Please contact the Financial Aid Office via telephone at 503-352-2222 or 877-722-8648 ext 2222 or via email at