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Physician Assistant Program

The totals provided on the web pages below include tuition, loan fees, room and board, transportation and other expenses that the Committee on Financial Aid to Students takes into account when determining your required educational budget.

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First Year

PA First Year Cost of Attendance
Direct Costs

These costs are set by the University and will appear on your invoice. (Hospitalization Insurance will not be charged if you waive out of the Northwestern Health Insurance Plan). 

Category Summer  Fall Spring Total
Tuition $17,472 $17,472 $17,472 $52,416
Student Anatomy Lab Fee $100 - - $100
Hospitalization Insurance $5,882 - - $5,882
Books* $2,833 - - $2,833
Health Services Fee $260 $260 $260 $780
Other (U-PASS)  $159 $159 $159 $477
Indirect/Variable Costs

These estimated costs are based on averages for each of the categories as determined by surveying students in your program. These estimated expenses are not billed on your invoice but can be used to help you budget your living expenses for the year.

Category  Summer Fall Spring Total
Personal $1,049 $1,049 $1,049 $3,147
Room & Board $7,928 $7,928 $7,928 $23,784
Transportation $500 $500 $500 $1,500
Computer $1,290 - - $1,290
Loan Fees** $854 $854 $854 $2,562
Total Costs $38,327 $28,222 $28,222 $94,771

* Books budget includes $955 for equipment, $1,628 for books, and $250 for uniforms. 

** Loan fees are included to offset fees charged by the Department of Education on Stafford and Grad PLUS loans. 

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Second Year

PA Second Year Cost of Attendance
Direct Costs

These costs are set by the University and will appear on your invoice (Hospitalization Insurance will not be charged if you waive out of the Northwestern Health Insurance Plan).

Category Summer  Fall Spring Total
Tuition* $17,472 $17,472 $17,472 $52,416
Hospitalization Insurance $4,698 - - $4,698
Health Services Fee $260 $260 $260 $780
Other (U-PASS)  $159 $159 $159 $477
Indirect/Variable Costs

These estimated costs are based on averages for each of the categories as determined by surveying students in your program. These estimated expenses are not billed on your invoice but can be used to help you budget your living expenses for the year.

Category  Summer Fall Spring Total
Personal $1,049 $1,049 $1,049 $3,147
Room & Board $7,928 $7,928 $7,928 $23,784
Transportation $500 $500 $500 $1,500
Books $491 $491 $491 $1,473
PANCE Fee** - - $550 $550
Loan Fees*** $854 $854 $854 $2,562
Total Costs $33,411 $28,713 $29,263 $91,387

* Health insurance is charged with Summer tuition if the student indicates on the University Aid Application that they are using health insurance. 

** PANCE fee is for the PA examination required of all PA students. 

*** Loan fees are included to offset fees charged by the Department of Education on Stafford and Grad PLUS loans. 

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First-year

PA First Year Cost of Attendance
Category Summer Fall Spring Total
Tuition $17,013 $17,013 $17,013 $51,039
Student Anatomy Lab Fee $100 -- -- $100
Health Insurance* $5,493 -- -- $5,493
Personal $1,049 $1,049 $1,049 $3,147
Room and Board $7,528 $7,528 $7,528 $22,584
Transportation $300 $300 $300 $900
Computer $1,290 -- -- $1,290
Books and Supplies** $2,833 -- -- $2,833
U-Pass $156 $156 $156 $468
Loan Fees*** $827 $827 $827 $2,481
Total $36,589 $26,873 $26,873 $90,335

*  Health Insurance is only included in the cost of attendance if the student indicates on the University Aid Application that they are using university health insurance.

**  Books and Supplies budget includes $955 for equipment, $250 for uniforms and $1,628 for books per the PA department.

***  Loan fees are included to offset fees charged by the Department of Education on Stafford and Grad PLUS loans.

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Second-year

PA Second Year Cost of Attendance
Category Summer Fall Spring Total
Tuition $17,013 $17,013 $17,013 $51,039
Health Insurance* $4,386 -- -- $4,386
Personal $1,049 $1,049 $1,049 $3,147
Room and Board $7,528 $7,528 $7,528 $22,584
Transportation $300 $300 $300 $900
Books and Supplies $567 $417 $417 $1,401
U-Pass $156 $156 $156 $468
Loan Fees** $827 $827 $827 $2,481
PANCE Fee -- -- $550 $550
Total $31,826 $27,290 $27,840 $86,956

*  Health Insurance is only included in the cost of attendance if the student indicates on the University Aid Application that they are using university health insurance.

**  Loan fees are included to offset fees charged by the Department of Education on Stafford and Grad PLUS loans.

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