Cost & Financial Aid | Optometry
2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance for First-Year OD Student
|Tuition and fees for First Academic Year||$43,368|
|Rent and Food||$15,740|
|Books and Equipment||$6,165|
|Miscellaneous and Loan Fees||$2,849|
*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.
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, 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.
Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program
If you are Native Hawaiian and interested in serving in medically underserved areas in Hawai'i after graduation, you might be interested in the following program. The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) addresses access to health care by developing a Native Hawaiian health care workforce of professionals committed to serve the unique health needs of Hawaiian communities. The program recruits and nurtures professionals in-training for primary health care disciplines and specialties most needed to deliver quality, culturally competent health services to Native Hawaiians throughout the State of Hawai‘i. Please visit their website for details and deadlines as they are not affiliated with Pacific University.
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.