Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid / Scholarship
All students are responsible for payment of tuition and other expenses. Tuition is charged on a per semester basis. The estimated tuition for all 6 semesters of the required 41 minimal credit hours is about US$45,000 in total. Tuition charge for additional course credits is $1,138 per credit hour for 2014-15.
OD/MS concurrent degree students have 50% off the per credit hour rate.
- Housing and Board equals out to just over $1000 per month for the 9 or 12 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-$1000/month, and can be as low as $500/month if you choose to have roommates.
- For International students, you are required to provide proof of adequate funds to cover all fees and expenses (including budget for proper health insurance cost) for the entire graduate program as a condition for the issuing of a visa to enter the U.S.
Financial Aid / Scholarship
In some cases, scholarship, research funds, or other funds may be available to support some MS students. Application and acceptance into the MS program is independent from the availability of financial support. Any available funds to support MS students are subject to the requirements placed upon those funds by the funding source and generally not under the control or influence of the admissions committee. If funding is from a research grant or contract, then the faculty member serving as the principal investigator usually makes decisions about all personnel supported by the grant.
The Vision Science Program committee can alert students to potential funding opportunities.
Currently we have the following scholarship/financial aid opportunities available for MS students in the year of 2014-2015:
- For Kikuchi College students or Asian Pacific students
- Please see the Kikuchi Research Scholarship Application Instruction for details (right-click your mouse to save the file).
- VPI Summer Research Assistantship
- Limited number of research assistantships will be given to currently enrolled MS students to work in the Vision Performance Institute (VPI) during the summer term (May to August).
- Awarded MS students will work part-time (about 30 hours per week) for 8-12 weeks in VPI at the pay rate for graduate students specified by Pacific University.
- VPI will make decisions based on the applicants' academic performance, research interests, previous research experiences and other aspects, including but not limited to individual's financial needs.
- If interested, please prepare an application letter describing why you are a good candidate for the RAship and submit it to:
Dr. Yu-Chi Tai
Director, Vision Science Program
College of Optometry
126 Scott Hall
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
- other Research Assistantship
- Other research assistantship may be available for application. Please check with Dr. Yu-Chi Tai, Director of Vision Science Program for details (email@example.com).
(Last update: Jan/17/2014)