2019-2020 Tuition, Fees, and Financial Information

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

Master's / Specialist
Tuition$637 per credit hour

Program Cost Estimates
Year 1
82 credits
(4 semesters)
Year 2
48 credits
(3 semesters)
Tuition (2019-2020 rates)
Special class fees
Books & supplies
Room & Board$15,574
Estimated cost of personal expenses +
prequalification requirements for
mentorship/clinical experience
​     Grand estimate investment totals

Cost of Attendance

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 daycare 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 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 AidShould you need assistance completing the FAFSA application, contact Heather Phillips, Assistant Director, CMU's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at  989-774-3782 or via email at zeman1hl@cmich.edu or the U.S. Department of Education at  800-433-3243.


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

Policy on Refunds

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 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. 

 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.

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. For more information, visit their website or 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.

Federal Loan Programs 

Various federal loans are available to graduate students who file the FAFSA.  Visit the Graduate Financial Aid website and www.studentloans.gov 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 989-774-3782 or zeman1hl@cmich.edu.

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 of $500.00.  Scholarship information is available through their website. Lapeer County Community Foundation phone number is 810-664-0691.

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 their website for more information.

Other Physician Assistant Scholarship Opportunities

There is a full list of other scholarship opportunities that are offered through OnlinePADegrees.com. To check out these opportunities, visit their website.