We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a physician assistant degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,295 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

$ 21,489 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

7% above average compared to other degrees

$ 37,519 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

16% above average compared to other degrees

What do physician assistant graduates earn?

Physician assistant students make an average of $52,316 per year after graduation. This is 22% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 52,316 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 25% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular physician assistant schools in the US

There are 68 schools in the US that offer a physician assistant degree. The physician assistant schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of Southern California, University of Washington-Seattle Campus and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in physician assistant per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of Southern California$54,259
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
Northwestern University$52,678
Baylor University$43,790
Northern Arizona University$11,059
University of Wisconsin-Madison$10,533
Stony Brook University$9,257
Duke University$53,500

Top US schools for a physician assistant degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Yale University7%$51,400
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Duke University10%$53,500
Tufts University15%$54,318
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Emory University22%$49,392
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill24%$9,005
Wake Forest University28%$51,400
Kettering College28%$12,408
Baylor University39%$43,790

Cheapest US schools for a physician assistant degree

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

School NameTuition
College of San Mateo$1,400
Moreno Valley College$1,426
Foothill College$1,554
Miami Dade College$2,838
Wayne County Community College District$3,107
Dodge City Community College$3,270
Cuyahoga Community College District$3,953
Red Rocks Community College$4,008
Northeastern State University$6,327
University of Florida$6,381

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