Cost and Financial Aid


Program Costs for 2014-2015

Tuition For First Academic Year: $35,826
Books and Supplies:


*Estimated Living Expenses and Fees: $10,755


*Housing and Board equals out to just over $1000 per month for the 9 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/month, and can be as low as $500/month if you choose to have roommates.  

Financial Aid

Need-based aid in the form of loans, work-study, and other funding is available to those who demonstrate financial need. Visit the financial aid website.

Students applying to the Optometry program should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 and no later than March 1. We advise students to file their FAFSA on the Department of Education web site at (step-by-step instructions are provided on this site). DO NOT WAIT TO BE ACCEPTED to apply for financial aid.


Pacific University College of Optometry is pleased to award approximately 19 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 towards your first year tuition), and other awards ranging from $1,000-$5,000.  Scholarships are determined by the overall quality of your application, including GPA and OAT scores; your written application, 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 the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit WICHE

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

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