MS in Vision Science Tuition and Financial Aid

Earning a master's degree in vision science at Pacific University is an investment in your future. We are here to help you plan a financing strategy for your education.

The Financial Aid Office determines eligibility for all federal loan and employment programs and provides resources for students interested in borrowing through private and alternative loan programs. The process of financing a graduate education can be challenging; the Financial Aid Office is committed to making the process as manageable as possible.

Review MS in vision science tuition, program costs and financial aid below. 

MS in Vision Science Tuition 2024-2025

Tuition and fees are based on standard program enrollment. 

Year 1 tuition and fees: $23,141/year

Year 2 tuition and fees: $29,541/year

Find complete cost of attendance information:

Academic Year 2024-2025
Academic Year 2023-2024

Financial Aid 

To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available annually beginning October 1. To explore and understand available financing options, we recommend that you file the FAFSA no later than February 15, prior to the start of the academic year. It is not necessary to be accepted for admission prior to submitting a FAFSA.


Federal Student Loan Programs 

Federal student loan programs offer:

  • Fixed interest rates, set annually by the federal government
  • Income-driven repayment plans
  • Loan forgiveness plans

Private Loans

Alternative loans are available through private lenders. Eligibility is generally based on a borrower’s employment history, credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and enrollment status. Students are encouraged to explore federal student loan options before applying for alternative student loans.

Learn more about federal student loans for graduate and professional programs

Federal Work Study

Federal work study funds part-time jobs for students with financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. Earnings are paid directly to the student for hours worked. To qualify, students must submit the FAFSA by March 1 (prior to the start of the academic year) and indicate on the FAFSA that they want to be considered for federal work study.

MS in Vision Science Funding Opportunities

The Vision Science Graduate Committee can alert students to potential funding opportunities. 

In some cases, scholarships, research funds, or other funds may be available to support graduate students. Application and acceptance into the Vision Science program is independent of the availability of financial support. Any available funds to support graduate students are subject to the requirements placed upon those funds by the funding source and are not under the admissions committee's control or influence. If funding is from a research grant or contract, then the principal investigator usually makes decisions about all personnel supported by the grant.

International Students

Pacific University is a private institution, so all students pay the same tuition rate. International students are not eligible for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) unless they meet the U.S. Department of Education Website at To receive permission to enter the United States as an international student, you will need to show proof that you have enough money to pay for at least the first-year cost of attendance, and support yourself and any family members who accompany you. Proof of funds can be obtained with a letter from your local bank stating your account balance or line of credit. If you accept our offer of admission, the Office of International Programs will contact you in the spring with the amount you will have to show to receive your I-20.

Contact Us

For OD/MS concurrent degree application or applicants currently enrolled in the Pacific University College of Optometry program, please contact:

Yu-Chi Tai | Director, Vision Science Graduate Programs
Jefferson Hall 322H | 503-352-2289 |

Estelle Wang | Coordinator, Vision Science Graduate Programs 
Jefferson Hall 322C | 503-352-2884 |

For other applicants, please contact:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
503-352-7222 |
Toll-free: 1-800-933-9308 | Fax: 503-352-7290