Tuition & Fees
The standard undergraduate tuition rate does not apply to students who matriculate into the NGU PA Program. The following table outlines tuition and fees for the 2019 cohort (classes begin January 2018; end December 2019). It should be noted that tuition and fees might change from year to year subject to economic influences, the needs of the university, and needs of the program.
| Summer I
| Fall I
| Spring II
| Summer II
| Fall II
Payment (application, deposit, tuition, and fees) and Refunds
- Application Fee: All applications are received via CASPA. In June 2015, the cost for a CASPA application was $175 for the first program you apply
to and $50 for each additional program. As a general rule, CASPA does not refund application fees. Information related to CASPA fees can be found here.
- Enrollment Deposit: All applicants accepted into the program will be charged a $500 nonrefundable deposit to hold their seat. This money will be applied toward their first semester tuition upon matriculation.
- Payment: 100% of semester tuition and fees are due at the beginning of the semester.
- Refunds: All program fees are nonrefundable. Tuition refunds are made as follows:
| Refund Timeline
||Spring Semester/s||Fall Semester/s
Before Classes Begin
During 1st Day
|During 1st Week||75%||75%||0%|
During 2nd Week
|After 2nd Week||0%||0%||0%|
Program Required Expenses
The table below includes estimates of additional expenses incurred by the students.
| Expenses Required in Program (Expenses)
Diagnostic medical equipment (est. shown here)
Do not purchase diagnostic medical equipment without first checking with the NGU PA Medicine program. Discount options may be available.
Textbooks and misc. supplies
Health Insurance (mandatory)
Background Criminal Search, Sex Offender Registry Search, National Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Scan, Residence History, and Social Security Alert (Pre-Matriculation; Pre-Clinical Rotations; and as Required by Clinical Sites). Price Shown Here Is Estimate of Per Incident. Must be Completed By https://www.castlebranch.com.
10 Panel Urine Drug Screen - Off Site with LabCorp. Must be completed by https://www.castlebranch.com.
Compliance Tracker Which Includes Verification of (1) Signed Technical Standards Form, (2) Immunization Status, (3) Tuberculosis Screening Results, (4) CPR Certification, (5) Release Form for Immunizations, TB, Drug Screen, and Background Status (for Preceptors During Clinical Year), and (6) Health Insurance Policy. Must be completed by https://www.castlebranch.com.
Mandatory HIPPA and OSHA Certification. Must be completed by https://www.castlebranch.com.
Graduate parking sticker (per year)
Online class fee (per year)
Malpractice insurance is covered in 'student fees'
Other Expenses to Consider
This table estimates living and travel related expenses incurred by the student.
| Other Expenses (Estimates)
|Malpractice insurance is covered in 'student fees'||$9,600||$9,600|
|Optional professional organization fees||$100||$100|
|Optional costs associated with attending any conferences, such as AAPA or SCAPA||$1,000||$1,000|
|Optional cost associated with an international elective clerkship||$4,000|
FEDERAL STAFFORD STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM
The primary source of financial assistance for students attending PA School will be the federal Stafford Student Loan Program. Beginning July 1, 2012, a Subsidized Stafford Loan will no longer be available, however graduate students may be eligible for as much as $20,500 a year through the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program. The student will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. If the interest is capitalized (allowed to accumulate) it will be added to the principal amount of the loan and will increase the amount the borrower will have to repay. If the choice is made to pay the interest as it accumulates, the total interest charges paid during repayment will be considerably less.
The total amount a graduate or professional student may borrow from all Stafford Loans combined is $138,500. The graduate borrowing limit includes any Stafford Loans received for undergraduate study. Under current law, the interest rate charged on Federal Stafford Loans is fixed at 6.8 percent. There are also origination and guarantee fees associated with each loan up to 1.0 percent. These fees are deducted up front and thus lower the actual amount of each disbursement. Repayment of Stafford Loans begins six months after graduation or withdrawal from the PA program. This is called the grace period.
FEDERAL GRADUATE PLUS LOAN PROGRAM
For students who need financial assistance beyond the $20,500 Stafford Loan maximum, there is the federal Graduate PLUS Loan program. The PLUS Loan allows for the deferment of repayment while the student is enrolled in the PA program. The PLUS Loan carries a fixed 7.9 percent interest rate. The maximum amount a student may borrow from the PLUS Loan program will be the Cost of Attendance for the PA Program less any Stafford Loans and other forms of financial aid a student may be receiving.
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship is a competitive program that pays tuition, fees and provides a living stipend to students enrolled in accredited medical (MD or DO), dental, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, and PA training programs. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients serve as primary care providers between 2 and 4 years in a community-based site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) that has applied to and been approved by the NHSC as a service site.
Awards are made to applicants most committed to serving underserved people and most likely to build successful careers in HPSAs and meet future needs for care throughout the nation. Please monitor the NHSC website http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/overview/index.html for updated information on future application cycles.
INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE
Indian health programs need dedicated health professionals - people like you who envision a career with a purpose and mission and who are willing to commit to working in American Indian and Alaska Native communities where they can truly make a difference.
The mission of IHS is to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Because of the IHS Scholarship Program, many qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professionals are given the opportunity to pursue their careers as well as help their own communities. More information can be found here: http://www.ihs.gov/jobscareerdevelop/dhps/scholarships.
OTHER POSSIBLE FUNDING SOURCES
Candidates and students are encouraged to apply to clubs, organizations, corporations, agencies and foundations for funding that may be used at any school the student chooses to attend. These groups may be able to offer students scholarship and grant funding that does not have to be repaid. In addition, many healthcare institutions offer tuition reimbursement for students who contract to work at their facility where they currently work or are interested in working after graduation. Students should inquire about this possibility at the facility where they are interested in working.
STUDENT ACADEMY OF AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
SAAAPA provides a wealth of information on funding for PA education. The page linked below outlines (1) funding sources, (2) federal and state resources, (3) scholarships and traineeships, (4) AAPA constituent organizations scholarships, (5) loans, repayment programs, consolidation resources, and (6) other resources.