Cost and Financial Aid | Physician Assistant Studies

Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies

Estimated Expenses

(2020-2021 Academic Year)


Didactic Phase
3 semesters

Clinical Phase
4 semesters


Tuition $45,351 $60,468 $105,819
ACLS and PALS fees   $500 $500

Required Background Check and Drug Screen

**(approximate cost depending on background data)

$250 $250 $500**
Required Medical Equipment, Books, Computer, Online Resources, Professional Association Dues (OSPA and AAPA), Student Support, Graduation, etc. $5,784 $1,595 $7,379
Travel Expenses $1,622 $12,474 $14,096
Room and Board $20,507 $28,644 $49,151

Program expenses are based on current projections (including tuition) and are subject to change.

Medical Insurance

All student must have medical insurance either through a private carrier or through the university.

Financial Aid

Need-based aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and other funding is available to those who demonstrate financial need. See the Financial Aid Office for more information. Policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees may be found here.


FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is very important that you submit this form to the federal government as soon as possible after Oct. 1. Be sure to have a copy sent to Pacific University (Federal School Code 003212). Do not wait to be accepted into a program to apply for financial aid and do not wait until you have filed your income tax returns with the IRS. You should either estimate your income — you will have a chance to correct errors later — or complete your tax returns early. If you wait, it will delay the processing.

You can obtain a FAFSA application in the paper version from the financial aid office at any college or university, the public library, or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. You can also fill out a web-based version of the FAFSA (step-by-step instructions are provided on this site). Filling out the FAFSA online allows you to get your Student Aid Report (SAR) sooner than with the paper application, and your FAFSA will be more accurate, since the online form has built-in edit checks to catch simple errors.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Funds

These funds are available to selected students from Alaska, Nevada, and Wyoming who have applied for funding from their state. WICHE recipients in physician assistant programs can receive $17,250 for the academic year. For further information contact WICHE Student Exchange Program at phone 303-541-0200, or email

All residents from the states above are strongly encouraged to apply for WICHE certification. The application deadline for WICHE funding is October 15 of the year prior to entrance in the program.


Pacific University awards several Community Service scholarships to first year Physician Assistant students who demonstrate a commitment to underserved communities and whose intention is to practice in such an area after completion of the program.

The Josiah Hill III PA Alumni Scholarship is awarded by the PA Alumni Committee to a second year physician assistant student who demonstrates financial need, good academic standing and participation in community service and activities related to the PA profession.

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