Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the USF MCOM PA program is a flat annual rate. The annual tuition and fees may change somewhat from year to year. Therefore, these figures should be used for estimation purposes only. Changes to the tuition and fees listed here will be updated on this page as soon as possible. Estimated Tuition and Fees are subject to change based on USF Board of Trustees approval. Please see USF Regulation USF4.0102 for a listing of the University’s Tuition and Fees (scroll down document for Physician Assistant Program tuition and fee information). 

Total estimated tuition and fees for the 24-month program:
  • Florida Residents is $68,166
  • Non-Florida Residents is $129,066
The chart below provides an outline for the estimated cost of attendance including books, housing, transportation etc. broken down by semester.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated costs for attending the PA program are the sum of the tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing, commuting expenses and personal expenses such as food, clothing and insurance. “Cost of Attendance” only covers the months that a student is enrolled in classes. These are the expenses the Higher Education Amendments of 1965 require schools to construct so students can budget accordingly during his/her enrollment and are used to assist in the determination of federal financial aid eligibility. The Amendments mandate that this, “Cost of Attendance” budget reflect ONLY the costs for the student and not of expenses incurred by other family members.

The law also allows adjustment on a case by case basis for costs for "Dependent Care," such as day care expenses for children, costs for elderly or disabled dependent care so that you might attend school. These "Dependent Care" costs can be added to the student's cost of attendance, upon submission of actual receipts to the Financial Aid Office. Contact the financial aid office if you need information on adjusting your cost of attendance.

Room and Board

The costs included in this category of the budget are estimates of expenses that the “average” student may incur during each year of enrollment in the PA program. While actual expenses will vary among students, the estimated total cost of living will allow for a low to moderate standard of living. The calculation for room expenses is one-half the average rental rate of a two-bedroom apartment in the area. The budget assumes that single students share living facilities to help reduce expenses. An allowance is made for the following items:

  • rent for a two bedroom apartment / shared
  • utilities
  • phone
  • miscellaneous (renters insurance, garbage pickup, etc.)
  • food

Estimated Cost of Attendance - Per Year

Year 1 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Current Students Admitted in Summer(May) 2018 Florida Resident   Non-Resident  Florida Resident   Non-Resident 
Tuition and Fees $11,361    $21,511  $11,361   $21,511 
Housing/Meals $6,029  $6,029 $6,029  $6,029
Books/Supplies $600  $600 $600  $600
Personal/Medical $1,922   $1,922  $1,922   $1,922  
Transportation $800   $800  $800    $800 
Total $20,712  $30,862 $20,712 $30,862

Year 2 Summer 2019
Current Students Admitted in Summer (May) 2018 Florida Resident   Non-Resident 
Tuition and Fees $11,361   $21,511 
Housing/Meals $5,652 $5,652
Books/Supplies $600 $600 
Personal/Medical $1,844 $1,844
Transportation $1,144 $1,144
Total $20,571 $30,721

Year 2 Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Current Students Admitted in Summer (May) 2017 Florida Resident   Non-Resident  Florida Resident   Non-Resident 
Tuition and Fees $11,361    $21,511  $11,361   $21,511 
Housing/Meals $6,029  $6,029 $6,029  $6,029
Books/Supplies $600  $600 $600  $600
Personal/Medical $1,922  $1,922 $1,922   $1,922  
Transportation $1,188  $1,188 $1,188  $1,188
Total $21,100  $31,250 $21,100 $31,250

Year 1 Summer 2019
Prospective Students to be Admitted in Summer (May) 2019 Florida Resident   Non-Resident 
Tuition and Fees $11,361    $21,511 
Housing/Meals $6,029  $6,029
Books/Supplies $1,371  $1,371 
Personal/Medical $1,922  $1,922
Transportation $800  $800
Total $21,483  $31,633 

* Transportation Fees: University transportation (Bull Runner) is available for students’ use at no additional charge above the university fee of $96. The Transportation figure provided in the above chart represents the estimated cost of operating an automobile.

Expenses not collected within university tuition and fees listed above:

  • A nonrefundable $200 seat deposit upon acceptance into the program. This deposit will be applied to your first year tuition upon matriculation.
  • A onetime $500 fee for the PANCE national certifying exam to be taken upon program completion.

Cost of attendance budget includes only those expenses associated with the student and not to be considered an exhaustive list. Living expenses for spouse and/or other dependents are not recognized as part of the student’s standard cost of attendance. 

Other expenses not considered essential to a student’s education or living expenses are the sole responsibility of the student. Examples of this include but are not limited to, attendance at conferences, membership in specialty professional organizations or other optional resources.

Rotation Expenses: The bulk of rotation expenses are covered in the “Cost of Attendance” figures shown above for books, supplies, transportation, housing and other living expenses during the academic year. Specific rotations may require additional expenses that are the responsibility of the student.   

NOTE: The costs represented here are estimates based at time of publishing. These costs are subject to change and will be updated as soon as possible when changes occur.

Updated 11/08/2018

Medical Equipment Required

APPROXIMATED COSTS (These costs are included in the “Cost of Attendance.” Must be purchased by each student prior the beginning of year 1.

Medical Equipment  Price 
Instrument bag  22.14 
Stethoscope  74.99 
Otoscope - ophthalmoscope (diagnostic set )  540.00 
Adult blood pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer)  18.95 
Oral Thermometer: digital (no tympanic thermometers)  12.75 
Pocket eye chart (Rosenbaum)  5.49 
Pen light  5.03 
Individually wrapped tongue depressors  5.51 
Reflex / percussion hammer  19.99 
Tuning fork set (256 Hz and 512 Hz)  17.99 
Sharp & dull sensation tester (e.g. a Wartenberg "pinwheel")  11.68 
Disposable thermometer shields  2.98 
Small pocket ruler with standard and metric measurement capability  12.29 
Flexible tape measure with standard and metric measurement capability  2.50 
Cotton balls  5.45 
Coffee grounds and cinnamon grounds in small container (e.g. contact lens container)  5.47 
Plastic or latex gloves (buy a box for economy)  7.89 

Prices will vary considerably with quality of products, availability of student discounts, and quantities purchased from vendors. When you select equipment, please keep in mind that it will be utilized during your academic and clinical years in the PA program and also for several years of employment as a physician assistant after your graduation.

Tuition Payment Information

Tuition invoices are available at the beginning of each semester (Summer/Fall/Spring) and must be paid by the fifth day of the semester. Tuition is billed in three installments by the Registrar's Office and processed by the Health Business Office (see remittance address below for USF Health Payment Center). Failure to make payment on time will result in cancellation of registration.

Partial payments and credit card payments are not accepted. Payments must be mailed to:

USF Health Payment Center
PO BOX 864300
Orlando, FL 32886-4300

Correspondence only may be sent to:
USF Morsani College of Medicine
Health Business Office MDC 66
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-5295

A word about late tuition/fee waivers: The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine may approve a waiver of the Late Payment Fee if a student is unable to make payment on time due to circumstances determined by the University to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student. Late Fee waivers will not be approved if the disbursement delay is due to late submission of financial aid requirements by the student.

Tuition Refunds

Students who withdraw, transfer, take a Leave of Absence exceeding 120 days, or who are dismissed from the PA Program before completion of 80% of the academic year may be granted a prorated refund of tuition paid. Refunds will not be given to students who are enrolled for more than 80% of the academic year. A written request for a refund of tuition must be submitted to the MCOM Registrar’s Office to initiate the refund.

For students who receive financial aid, a tuition refund will be paid as follows:

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Federal Direct Graduate/Plus Loan
  3. Other Federal, State, private or institutional resource
  4. The student

A student may be granted a refund of 100% tuition paid if he/she withdraws due to circumstances determined by the PA Program to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student. These circumstances may include:

  1. Illness of the student of such severity or duration, as confirmed in writing by a physician, to preclude completion of the courses;
  2. Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, spouse, child, or sibling);
  3. Involuntary call to active military duty;
  4. A situation in which the university is in error as confirmed in writing by an appropriate university official.
  5. Other documented exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the student which preclude completion of the courses, accompanied by a letter of explanation and appropriate documentation

Financial Aid Resources

The PA program is not involved in the financial aid decision process. Financial aid for the PA program is processed by the USF Health Office of Financial Aid which is located in the WELL. All aid applications, information regarding loan periods and disbursements, inquiries, and correspondence must be directly sent to:

University of South Florida 
USF Health Financial Aid Office, MDC Box 42 
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 
Tampa, FL 33612-4799

You can send emails to the USF Health Financial Aid staff here.

To schedule an appointment, prospective students can use this link: Schedule Appointment Here. Select ‘USF Health Financial Aid’ under Area.

Walk-in services available Monday – Friday from 8:00 to 4:30 – we are located in the WELL.

Financial Aid Application and Deadlines – FAFSA Code 001537

Application Available on October 1st.

USF Priority Deadline date: January 1st.

FAFSA applications can be submitted online by accessing the following website:

Students admitted for Summer 2019 should complete the 2017/2018 and the 2019/2020 FAFSA.

Helpful Programs
The following websites may provide additional information about sources of financial aid: Fast Web

Scholarships and Loan Repayment Programs

For information on SCHOLARSHIPS AND LOANS FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS:Bureau of Health Professions – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)