Tuition, Fees, and Resources

Tuition and Fees:

Physician Assistant Program graduate program tuition and fees can be found in the chart below for estimated overall program costs.  Visit the Bursar’s webpage to calculate tuition and fees by semester for the current academic year (be sure to select Physician Assistant Program under Academic Career.) Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and are subject to change. Please note that tuition and fees are different for Pennsylvania residents and nonresidents.

There are also fixed and variable costs that should be included in a student’s annual budget.  All students must have the required textbooks, electronic resources, medical equipment, malpractice liability insurance, clearances, personal health insurance, needlestick coverage, and reliable transportation during the entirety of the program.  Students must be members of AAPA and PSPA to qualify for student malpractice insurance rates, scholarships, and other benefits. Students should also consider the costs of local and distant living, travel, recreation, and dress code requirements in their annual budgets.

Any student requiring information regarding tuition refunds can find the policy here: tuition refund policy for graduate programs.

 

Financial Aid:

Graduate assistantships and paid tutoring positions may be available for qualified students.  However, please note that PA students cannot work in administrative positions within the PA Program.  Information regarding other types of financial aid for physician assistant students is available from various organizations, including:

 

In State Tuition and University Fees

Semester Credits Tuition Tech Fee General Fee Alt General Fee Tuition/Fee
Summer 2 9 $671 $28 $66   $6,885
Fall 20 $671     $1,544 $15,523.70
Spring 20 $671     $1,544 $15,523.70
Summer 1 11 $671 $28 $89   $8,668
Summer 2 5 $671 $28 $89   $3,940
*Fall 13 $671     $1,544 $10,630.70
*Winter 4 $671 $28 $89   $3,152
*Spring 13 $671     $1,544 $10,630.70
*Summer 1 4 $671 $28 $89   $3,152
*Summer 2 2 $671 $28 $89   $1,576
Total In-state Estimated Cost*           $79,682

Tuition rates and fees are determined by the Board of Governors of PA's State System of Higher Education. All costs are subject to change without notice.

*Estimates of $671 per credit are based on 2020-2021 rates.

 

Out of State Tuition and University fees

Semester Credits Tuition Tech Fee General Fee  Alt General Fee Tuition/Fee
Summer 2 9 $890 $40 $66   $8,964
Fall 20 $890     $1,544 $20,143.70
Spring 20 $890     $1,544 $20,143.70
Summer 1 11 $890 $40 $89   $11,209
Summer 2 5 $890 $40 $89   $5,095
Fall 13 $890     $1,544 $13,633.70
Winter 4 $890 $40 $89   $4,076
Spring 13 $890     $1,544 $13,633.70
Summer 1 4 $890 $40 $89   $4,076
Summer 2 2 $890 $40 $89   $2,038
Total Out of State Estimated Cost*           $103,013

Tuition rates and fees are determined by the Board of Governors of PA's State System of Higher Education. All costs are subject to change without notice.

*Estimates of $671 per credit are based on 2020-2021 rates.

 

Required budget considerations

Items Cost Year
Required technology resources (laptop, printer, internet, phone/tablet, etc.) variable years 1 & 2
Required textbooks, print, and electronic resources $1000-1500/year years 1 & 2
Required medical equipment (can be purchased as a bundle through vendor) $982 year 1
2 year AAPA membership (required) $75/2 years year 1
2 year PSPA membership (required) $50/2 years year 1
Commencement fee (required) $99 year 2
Malpractice liability insurance (required 1 million/3 million) $185/year years 1 & 2
Personal health insurance (required) variable years 1 & 2
WCU Health Center fees (basic fee included for FT graduate students, only required to pay for visit charges) Variable years 1&2
Needlestick and Bloodborne pathogen exposure insurance (required) $52/year years 1 & 2
Physical examination, vaccinations, and titers (required) $0-1500/year years 1 & 2
Criminal background check, child abuse registry, and drug screening (required) $200/year years 1 & 2
Living expenses (Rent, utilities, etc.) variable years 1 & 2
Clinical year distant living and travel expenses (possibly required) up to $4000 year 2
University parking (optional) $30-300/year years 1 & 2
Professional dress, labcoats, and scrubs (required) variable years 1 & 2
Recreational costs (optional) variable years 1 & 2
Transportation expenses (vehicle, insurance, gas, upkeep, etc.) variable years 1 & 2

All students must have the required textbooks, electronic resources, medical equipment, malpractice liability insurance, clearances, personal health insurance, needlestick coverage, and reliable transportation during the entirety of the program.

Students must be members of AAPA and PSPA to qualify for student malpractice insurance rates, scholarships, and other benefits.

Students should consider the costs of local and distant living, travel, recreation, and dress code requirements in their budgets.

 

Housing

The Graduate School & University Student Housing collaborate to assist students in securing on-campus housing in The Village Apartments at West Chester University. You may also find conveniently located, off-campus housing through the Off Campus & Commuter Services (OCCS) site. OCCS was established to meet the needs of the off campus and commuter students by providing programs and resources to support your experience as a student at WCU.

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