Finance & Expenses

Projected Annual Expenses

(Estimates are for the 2016-2017 academic year)
ISU refund policy
C of I refund policy

  Students at
Meridian & Pocatello
Students at
Meridian & Pocatello
Students at
(College of Idaho) †
*Full Time Tuition & Fees $3,478 $3,478 $9,660
Graduate Class Fee $773 $773 $773
Non-Resident Tuition NA $7,041 NA
ISU Administrative Fee NA NA $667
Program Fee per Semester $6,705 $6,875 $6,875
Total per Semester $10,956 $18,167 $17,975
Total for One Year (3 semesters) $32,868 $54,500 $53,925
*Total for Two Years (6 semesters) $65,736 $108,999 $107,850

*This is an Estimate Only as tuition and fees are adjusted on an annual basis.

Laptop Computer $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Textbooks $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Medical Equipment $1000 $1000 $1000
**Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants Conference $400 $400 $400

**The PA Student Society, PASS, conducts a fundraiser to help defray some of the cost of attending the conference. At the high end, a student might pay for the drive to Sun Valley, meals, $75 for registration and $105/night times 3 nights. A great student fundraiser may cover all expenses.

*Medical Insurance All students are required to have health insurance. Please review the information found on the ISU Health Center website at
*Computer Account ($100 per year) $200 $200 Included
*Parking Pass ($100 per year at Meridian & Pocatello, $80 per year at Caldwell) $200 $200 $160
Total Program Cost $72,036 $115,299 $113,910

** Required Equipment List: Stethoscope (Good Quality - Littman Cardiology III or Tycos Harvey Elite Cardiology), SurgiReal Suture Training Kit & Tensioning Base (no substitutions, ordering information available from the PA program), Tape Measure, Rosenbaum Near Vision Chart (pocket eye chart), Reflex Hammer (neurologic hammer), 2 - Tuning Forks (128 Hz and 512 Hz), Pocket Mask for CPR, Short White Lab Coat, Scrubs for Anatomy Lab.

** Highly Suggested Items: Blood Pressure Cuff (good quality), Otoscope / Ophthalmoscope Set (Welch Allen 3.5 v Halogen Classic Diagnostic set as a minimum standard with insufflator, a nasal illuminator can be added for a few more dollars), Medical Bag for Equipment, Surgical Knot Tying Board.


  • Employment in the didactic portion of the program is discouraged.
  • Employment in the clinical portion of the program is not permitted.

Financial Resources

ISU Financial Aid Office:

Please note: State law does not allow Idaho State University to grant Non-Resident Tuition waivers to non-residents attending the PA program. For more information regarding residency, check out ISU's website at or contact the Office of Admissions at 208-282-2475.


Please visit to learn more about grant opportunities.


ISU PA students can apply for Federal and private loans through the Financial Aid Office.
Note: Due to the considerable costs of PA education, the program advises applicants to begin the financial aid process early. More information about the application process and fees is available on-line at or by calling the ISU Financial Aid office at 208-282-2756.


General Scholarships:
ISU PA students can apply for general scholarships through the Scholarship Office. Applications and more information are available at: or by calling the ISU Scholarship Office at 208-282-3315.

National Health Service Corps Scholarship
Information for this scholarship may be found at

Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students:
This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged students in the health professions. The goal of the program is to increase the number of well-trained people who are in the health professions workforce, particularly those who serve in health professions shortage areas and those in primary care.

Rural American Scholarship Fund:
Information for this scholarship may be found at Applications for this scholarship must be submitted by March 1st.

WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education)

Idaho State University is a member of the WICHE Program. ISU PA students from Alaska, Nevada or Wyoming may apply for WICHE funding through the WICHE office online at

Mailing address
3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301-2204


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209