It is an important investment for your future career as a PA and we appreciate that affording graduate studies can be daunting. Our Financial Aid team will help you in identifying appropriate financial aid resources and provide guidance with the application process.  The following provides an overview of important information specific to tuition, fees, and financial aid.  Review the tables and click on the links below to learn about the overall costs relating to PA student education at CMU.


 Graduate Tuition


​$575 per credit hour

Program Costs

Cost of Attendance

Applying for Financial Aid

Policy on Refunds

Scholarships, Loans, and Grants


​Year 1
​Year 2
​Tuition rates
​Estimated cost for books/supplies
​Estimated cost for compliance with student prequalification requirements for clinical practicums

​Variable personal expenses (housing, travel, etc.)
​Estimated totals


For the cost of attendance of prior years, please visit the Historical Tuition Rates page.

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is the cost of a student's graduate education for an academic year, as calculated by the Central Michigan University’s Financial Aid Office.  It takes into account tuition and fees, as well as estimated costs relating to books, supplies, room and board, personal expenses and transportation costs.

The COA covers expenses for only the period of enrollment when you are an active student.  Periods of continuous non-enrollment are not included and are not funded. 
Your financial aid is based on the cost of education, a standard allowance, and not on your preferences and spending habits.  Please be advised, given that most first-year students are enrolled for 15 months, a supplemental summer application for financial aid will be required.  Please be advised that the cost of education does not include consumer debts (such as car payments, bank loans, or credit card obligations) which students may have established prior to entering the PA Program graduate studies.  Students should try to eliminate previous debts before beginning their PA Program studies.
Married students and/or students with dependents should note that federal regulations stipulate that your budget for the year only includes living expenses solely for you. The expectation is that the living expenses of your spouse and dependents will be met through spouse’s earnings.  (In exceptional circumstances, students may apply to receive additional funds for child day care costs and for certain other expenses. Students will be required to provide documentation for any exceptional circumstances.)

If you plan on using financial aid as a means of paying your tuition, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal FAFSA at each academic year.  Be sure to indicate that you want your information released to Central Michigan University by using the following school code:  002243.

If this is your first time applying, you will need to request a pin number (

Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial AidShould you need assistance completing the FAFSA application, contact Heather Phillips, Assistant Director, CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at  (989) 774-7424 or via email at or the U.S. Department of Education at  (800) 433-3243.


You may check the status of your financial aid via CentralLink:

If you receive financial aid in excess of your university charges, the balance will be refunded to you to use for other education-related expenses, i.e., off-campus room and board, transportation, personal/miscellaneous costs, etc. Early Financial Aid payments are scheduled to be credited to the students' CMU account one week prior to the start date of classes.  Students applying for financial aid after the priority deadline of April  1 should be prepared to pay for fall education and living expenses until their aid is processed and their refund is available. Information on how to process refunds of tuition and fees can be found at To see refund dates visit the Student Account Services and University Billing web page and select Electronic Refund Payment Dates.  Select Direct Deposit for the quick and easy transfer of your CMU account refunds into a personal bank account of your choice - for details on how to process direct deposits, visit the Direct Deposit of Student Refunds web page. 

Additional Information

Scholarships, Loans, and Grants

Graduate Scholarships
Specialized scholarships and awards are available for PA graduate students. Many are endowments created by individuals and organizations to support CMU students pursuing advanced degrees in medicine.  A full list can be found in the Graduate Student Bulletin. For more information, contact CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Also, if you will be a PA Program graduate student from out-of-state, you will be interested in learning about the following two scholarship programs:
Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award
Central Michigan University's Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award for graduate students grants in-state tuition rates for any student studying in our Mount Pleasant-based program. No application is necessary.
In order to receive this award, you must meet these criteria:
  • GRE Verbal score of at least 157 (former test equivalent of 560) and GRE quantitative score of at least 152 (former test equivalent of 660).
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 (100 Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of at least 7.5 if English is a second language.
Neighboring Regions Award

Upon admission to a CMU graduate program, the Neighboring Regions Award grants in-state tuition rates to any resident of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois or Wisconsin with at least a 3.3 GPA or any resident of the providence of Ontario, Canada with at least a 3.0 GPA.

The award is valid for the entire graduate program, as long as you remain in good academic standing. No application is required.

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
This program provides tuition, educational expenses, and a monthly stipend on an annual basis to students who will serve not less than one year for every year of scholarship support, or two years whichever is greater. Students must be full time and maintaining satisfactory academic progress. To request an application, visit online and call 1-800-221-9393.

Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs
Information is available on Navy, Air Force, and Army Health Professions scholarship in the Student Affairs Office. These scholarships provide educational expenses and a monthly stipend. Students who apply and are accepted accrue active military duty on a year-to-year basis, with a minimum of two-year service obligation.
Additional information on financial aid and scholarship funding opportunities through the American Academy of Physician Assistants Veterans Caucus, Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants and many other programs are available for review by clicking here.
Federal Loan Programs 
Various federal loans are available to graduate students who file the FAFSA.  Visit and to learn more about these opportunities.  Please allow 15-20 business days to process these loans.

Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, attention:  
Heather Phillips – Assistant Director, CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (989) 774-7424 or
Scholarships for Out-of-State Graduate Students
CMU’s Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award grants in-state tuition rates for any student studying in a Mount Pleasant-based program. Another program, CMU’s Neighboring Regions Award, grants in-state tuition rates to any resident of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois or Wisconsin with at least a 3.3 GPA or any resident from the province of Ontario, Canada with at least a 3.0 GPA.  No applications are required.  To learn more, visit

Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Overview & Updates 
MSLRP helps employers recruit and retain primary medical, dental, and mental healthcare providers by providing loan repayment to those entering into MSLRP service obligations.  MSLRP service obligations require participants to provide full-time primary health care services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) at not-for-profit health clinics for two years.
Lapeer County Medical Scholarship 
This fund was established to promote various medical related purposes, including scholarship. Applicants must be residents of Lapeer County, at least a second year-enrolled college student in a pre-science medical professional career such as medical, dental, nursing, or physician’s assistant program; and maintain a 3.2 GPA. Preference is given to applicants based on financial need. Award – minimum $500.00.  Scholarship information is available at   Contact Information: Ashley White – Executive Director of the Lapeer County Community Foundation Scholarship Program at 810-664-0691 or

Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship
The MCMSA's scholarships are available to students enrolled in one of the medical/health science fields such as pre-PA/PA, pre-med/medicine, nursing, physical therapy, dietetics, bio-medical engineering, medical technology, radiology, medical school, etc.  The student must be a resident of Muskegon County and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2. He/she must be a sophomore and currently enrolled in a medical/health science field. Reapply for renewal.  Visit to check for the April deadline to be considered for next year.  Funds vary.  The application packet is available at  Contact Information: Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance C/O Ms. Shirley Green 2574 Morton Avenue Muskegon, MI 49441 Fax (231) 759-9000.

Program-Specific Scholarships

Students Applying to the 1st Year of the Didactic Year
This scholarship is only available to incoming students about to begin their first Didactic Year with the program:

A student enrolled in a program with The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, with plans of applying for the Physician Assistant Program. Preference will be given to the students with the greatest financial need from one of the following Mid-Michigan area schools:  St. Johns, Dewitt, Westphalia, Fowler, Pewamo, Hubbardson, Carson City, Perrington, Ashley, Ovid-Elsie with a GPA 3.0. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1,000.)

Students Transitioning from Didactic Curriculum to Clinical Clerkships
These scholarships are only available to students already enrolled in the program completing their final portion of the Didactic Curriculum and in the process of transitioning to the Clinical Clerkship Rotation portion of the program:

Ahmad Hakemi
Students accepted into PA Program with preference given to students with a financial need with a 3.4 GPA. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1500. *Amounts can change year to year. )

A student enrolled in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program, and, who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity in the Physician Assistant professions. Qualified recipients must also demonstrate academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4 point scale. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1,000.)

Ron Nelson
The student must be accepted into the Physician Assistant Program. Preference will be given to a student from a rural or underserved area, have a proven financial need, and should have previous community involvement and leadership skills with a GPA 3.5 or higher. (Estimated as of 2014 $500.  *Amounts can change year to year)

A student in their 2nd year of the PA program often called “Clinicals.” With preference given to those with financial need. GPA 3.4. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1800. *Amounts can change year to year.)

If you have any questions, contact the PA Program Office at (989) 774-1273.

[Updated on 11/17/2016]