Tuition & Financial Aid | PhD in Vision Science

Tuition and fees start at $21,459 for students in the PhD in Vision Science 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 eligibility for need-based financial aid resources.


                                                                Cost of Attendance Information


2022-2023 Estimated Cost of Attendance for First-Year PhD Vision Science Student

Tuition and fees for First Academic Year (Fall and Spring semesters) $21,459
Health Insurance $3,574
Immunization monitoring fee $20

Latest update: October 11, 2022

*A laptop computer is required for all graduate 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

Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The best way to submit the FAFSA is online at Need-based aid in the form of loans and work-study is available to those who are FAFSA eligible and demonstrate financial need. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

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 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.


In some cases, scholarships, research funds, or other funds may be available to support some PhD students. Application and acceptance into the PhD program is independent from the availability of financial support. Any available funds to support PhD 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 Graduate Programs Committee can alert students to potential funding opportunities.

Currently we have the following scholarship opportunities available for PhD students in the year of 2017-2018:

  • Kikuchi Research Scholarship (pdf)
  • VPI Summer Research Assistantship
    • Limited number of research assistantships will be given to currently enrolled PhD students to work in the Vision Performance Institute (VPI) during the summer term (May to August)
    • Awarded PhD students will work part time (about 30 hours per week) for eight to 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 research assistantship and submit it to Dr. Yu-Chi Tai.


Contact Us

Yu-Chi Tai, PhD | Director, Vision Science Graduate Program
503-352-2289 |

Office of Financial Aid
503-352-2222 |