Optometry Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees start at $46,925 for students in the Doctor of Optometry program in 2022-2023. 


The Pacific University Financial Aid Office establishes the Cost of Attendance, which reflects an estimate of what it will cost to attend Pacific for one year. The Cost of Attendance reflects direct costs, such as tuition and fees, as well as estimated indirect costs, such as books, transportation, and monthly living expenses. The Cost of Attendance is used to determine a student's eligiblity for need-based financial aid resources.

Cost of Attendance Information


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

Tuition for First Academic Year


Fees Include:
AOA Dues: $15
AOSA Dues: $65
Exam Software: $65
Student Support Service $316
Rent and Food $15,740
Books and Equipment $6,404
Laptop Computer* $2,000
Transportation $1,250
Miscellaneous and Loan Fees $2,994


Latest update: October 11, 2022

*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.

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