Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Tuition and Aid

Here you will find tuition and fees, as well as options and opportunities to pay for your graduate education. 

2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fee rates for the 2020-2021 academic year are outlined below. If your program is longer than one academic year, your tuition and fee rates in future years may increase. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

The MSPAS Program runs for seven consecutive semesters beginning in the Fall semester. Financial Aid is awarded two semesters at a time. The following table is a breakdown of direct costs by Financial Aid Award Year.

Cost Award Year 1 Award Year 2 Award Year 3 Award Year 4 Program Total
Semesters Fall '20
Spring '21
Summer '21
Fall '21
Spring '22
Summer '22
Fall '22 7 Semesters
# of Units* 35 26 25 16 102 units
Tuition per unit** $1,070 $1,070 $1,070 $1,070  
Estimated Tuition** $37,450 $27,820 $26,750 $17,120 $109,140
Campus Fees** $520 $520 $520 $520 $1,820
Estimated Course Fees*** $400 $735 $410 $439 $1,984
Estimated Program Fees**** $240 $30 $0 $60 $330
Total: $38,610 $29,105 $27,680 $17,879 $113,274

*The number of units taken each semester may change in future award years.

**Tuition and Campus Fees are determined annually by the Dominican University of California Board of Trustees. Amounts are representative of the 2019-20 academic year. Campus Fees include Campus Comprehensive Fee and Technology Fee.

***Course Fees are refundable and include E*Value, Packrat, BLS, ACLS, Osmosis, End of Rotation Exams, End of Curriculum exam, and Sim Lab Fees. Amounts are subject to change.

****Program Fees are non-refundable and include EHR Go and memberships to CAPA and AAPA.  Amounts are subject to change.

Other Direct and Indirect Costs

Estimated Remaining Direct Costs per award year if taking Federal Unsubsidized Loans

  Est. Direct Cost Unsubsidized Loan Remaining Cost
Award Year 1 $36,515 $20,500 $16,015
Award Year 2 $31,655 $20,500 $11,155
Award Year 3 $26,110 $20,500 $5,610
Award Year 4 $12,874 $12,874 $0

Estimated Indirect Costs

Indirect Expense Per Award Year Program Total
Books and Supplies (including laptop) $1,971 $6,899
Misc. required health clearance tests dependent upon insurance coverage n/a $0-200
Anticipated Clinical Years Costs
-Local and non-local clinical site costs
n/a $3,000 - $5,000
Anticipated Clinical Years Costs
-Medical Equipment (includes 2 lab coats) 
n/a $700

2019-2020 Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fee rates for the 2019-2020 academic year are outlined below.

The MSPAS Program runs for seven consecutive semesters beginning in the Fall semester. Financial Aid is awarded two semesters at a time. The following table is a breakdown of direct costs by Financial Aid Award Year.

Cost Award Year 1 Award Year 2 Award Year 3 Award Year 4 Program Total
Semesters Fall '19
Spring '20
Summer '20
Fall '20
Spring '21
Summer '21
Fall '21 7 Semesters
# of Units* 35 30 25 12 102 units
Tuition per unit** $1,010 $1,010 $1,010 $1,010  
Estimated Tuition** $35,350 $30,300 $25,250 $12,120 $103,020
Campus Fees** $480 $480 $480 $240 $1,680
Course Fees*** $440 $755 $380 $454 $2,029
Program Fees**** $245 $120 $0 $60 $425
Total: $36,515 $31,655 $26,110 $12,874 $107,154

*The number of units taken each semester may change in future award years.

**Tuition and Campus Fees are determined annually by the Dominican University of California Board of Trustees. Amounts are representative of the 2019-20 academic year. Campus Fees include Campus Comprehensive Fee and Technology Fee.

***Course Fees are refundable and include E*Value, Packrat, BLS, ACLS, Osmosis, End of Rotation Exams, End of Curriculum exam, and Sim Lab Fees. Amounts are subject to change.

****Program Fees are non-refundable and include EHR Go and memberships to CAPA and AAPA.  Amounts are subject to change.

Financial Aid: Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work-Study

There are many ways to afford a graduate education. Here are just a few.

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. Good luck!

Federal loans are available to help graduate students meet the cost of attending Dominican. Most graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 each award year in Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Additional federal and private loans are available if needed.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a FAFSA and a Dominican Financial Aid Application. Federal loans will be included in your financial aid award. 

Learn about what types of loans are available on the Graduate Loans page.

Work-Study is an optional form of self-help aid that allows students to apply for on-campus employment (or off-campus work with one of our community service partners) to earn extra money toward their college expenses. 

How to Apply

To be considered for Federal Work-Study, submit a FAFSA and contact the Office of Financial Aid. To learn about other opportunities, visit our Work-Study page.

Dominican supports you every step of the way. If you have questions, we're here to help!