Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a physical therapy degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,704 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

4% above average compared to other degrees

$ 18,493 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

8% below average compared to other degrees

$ 39,664 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

What do physical therapy graduates earn?

Physical therapy students make an average of $64,823 per year after graduation. This is 3% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 64,823 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 39% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular physical therapy schools in the US

There are 70 schools in the US that offer a physical therapy degree. The physical therapy schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, California State University-Long Beach and San Diego State University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in physical therapy per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Southern California$54,259
Northeastern University$49,497
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005

Top US schools for a physical therapy degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering physical therapy degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Duke University10%$53,500
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
Emory University22%$49,392
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005
Boston University25%$52,082
Northeastern University27%$49,497
New York University28%$50,464

Cheapest US schools for a physical therapy degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a physical therapy degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Itawamba Community College$2,840
Northwest Mississippi Community College$3,000
Amarillo College$3,168
Northeast Mississippi Community College$3,232
East Mississippi Community College$3,240
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College$3,670
Snow College$3,692
Oklahoma City Community College$3,909
Angelina College$4,080
University of North Georgia$4,421

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