Optometry Cost & Financial Aid

Estimated Costs

2022-2023 Estimated Cost of Attendance for First-Year OD Student

Tuition and fees for First Academic Year $46,464
Rent and Food $15,740
Books and Equipment $6,404
Laptop Computer* $2,000
Transportation $1,250
Miscellaneous and Loan Fees $2,994

*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.

For more information about tuition and fees, see our Doctor of Optometry course catalog. Financial information is at the bottom of the page.

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 October 1, and no later than February 15. 

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. Examples of specified criteria include but isn’t limited to applicants returning to optometry as a second profession, Canadian citizenship, state of residency, and affiliation with an under-represented ethnicity within the profession of optometry. 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, New Mexico, 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.

International Students

Pacific University is a private institution, so all students pay the same tuition rate. In general, international students are not eligible for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) unless they meet the criteria posted on the U.S. Department of Education’s Web site at fafsa.gov. In order 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 to support yourself and any family members that 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 your offer of admission, the Office of International Programs will contact you in the spring with the amount that you will have to show to receive your I-20.

Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
503-352-2222 | financialaid@pacificu.edu
Toll free: 877-722-8648 ext 2222