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
PA Program. 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.
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
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 www.fafsa.gov 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 (www.pin.ed.gov).
Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Should
you need assistance completing the FAFSA application, contact Patricia
Pickler, Assistant Director, CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial
Aid at: (989) 774-7424 or via email at: email@example.com 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 toward 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 https://www.cmich.edu/ess/OSFA/Pages/Refunds.aspx. 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.
Scholarships, Fellowships, Loans, and Grants
- Dropping Courses
- Withdrawal from and Individual Course
- Complete Semester Withdrawal
- Withdrawal Refunds for Students Receiving Financial Aid
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.
if you will be a PA Program graduate student from out-of-state, you
will be interested in learning about the following two scholarship
Out-of-State Tuition Merit Award
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:
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
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
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 http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html and call 1-800-221-9393.CMU Graduate Fellowship The College of Graduate Studies grants several fellowship awards to incoming graduate students in their first or second semester at CMU. The fellowship award provides a stipend and 24 credit hours of tuition coverage. The deadline for the graduate fellowship award is generally the first Monday in February, but please confirm by reviewing the CMU web site. This information, including the application and details on required materials are available at: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cgs/GSNewandCurrentStudents/GSApplicationsandForms/Pages/Graduate_Fellowship_Forms.aspx. Given that our newly accepted PA students enroll in coursework during the latter part of March or early April, prior to the start of classes in mid-May, and the application for this funding opportunity is in early February, should a student be extended this award, it will be contingent on his/her formally enrolling in the PA Program.
Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs
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
Patricia Pickler – Assistant Director, CMU’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (989) 774-7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 from 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 https://go.cmich.edu/tuitionandaid/graduate/Pages/scholarships.aspx.Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Overview & Updates
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 healthcare services in Health
Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) at not-for-profit health clinics for
Lapeer County Medical Scholarship
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 http://www.lapeercountycommunityfoundation.org/Scholarships.htm.
Contact Information: Ashley White – Executive Director of the Lapeer
County Community Foundation Scholarship Program at 810-664-0691 or email@example.com.
Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship
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 http://www.mcmsa.org/scholarship.html to check for the April deadline to be considered for next year. Funds vary. The application packet is available at http://www.muskegoncc.edu/Include/StudentServices/2014-2015/Muskegon%20County%20Medical%20Society%20Alliance.pdf.
Contact Information: Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance C/O Ms.
Shirley Green 2574 Morton Avenue Muskegon, MI 49441 Fax (231) 759-9000.
Students Applying to the 1st Year of the Didactic Year
This scholarship is only availabe to incoming students about to begin their first Didactic Year with the program:
BurnsA student enrolled in a program with The Herbert H. and Grace A. Down 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:
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.)
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)
student in their 2nd year of the PA program, often called
given to those with financial need. GPA 3.4. (Estimated as of 2014 was $1800. *Amounts can change year to year.)