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Tuition & Fees

Projected Annual Expenses

(Estimates are for the 2024-2025 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 $4,305.00 $4,305.00 $13,350.00
Graduate Fee $1,456.00 $1,456.00 $1,456.00
Non-Resident Tuition NA $9,555.00 NA
ISU Administrative Fee NA NA $667
Program Fee $9,017.00 $9,244.00 $9,244.00
Total per Semester $14,778.00 $24,560.00 $24,717.00
Total for One Year (3 semesters) $44,334.00 $73,680.00 $74,151.00
*Total for Two Years (6 semesters) $88,668.00 $147,360.00 $148,302.00
Laptop Computer $2,200 $2,200 $2,200
Textbooks $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
**Medical Equipment $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
***Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants Conference $400 $400 $400
*Medical Insurance All students are required to have health insurance. Please review the information found on the ISU Health Center website.
*Parking Pass ($110 per year at Meridian & Pocatello, $95 per year at Caldwell) $220 $220 $190
Total Program Cost $93,688.00 $152,380.00 $153,292.00

*This is an estimate only, as tuition and fees are adjusted on an annual basis.

** Required Equipment List:

  • Stethoscope (Good Quality - Littman Cardiology IV or Tycos Harvey Elite Cardiology)
  • Suture Training Kit & Tensioning Base
  • 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 (adult/child & infant)
  • Short White Lab Coat
  • Scrubs - (no substitutions, ordering information available from the PA program)

** 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

*** IAPA Conference: The PA Student Society (PASS) conducts a fundraiser to help defray some of the cost of attending the conference. This takes place in the Boise area from Friday through Sunday during April. Students may have to cover transportation costs (carpools are often used), a few meals, a modest registration fee (usually <$100), and 2-3 nights of lodging. A great student fundraiser may cover all expenses.

† The Caldwell campus is a public-private partnership between ISU and The College of Idaho (C of I). The C of I, a private institution, does not receive any state funding to defray the cost of facilities or other expenses incurred while educating ISU PA students. Therefore, all students at the Caldwell PA campus, regardless of state of Idaho residency status pay one fee schedule.


  • Employment in the Didactic Year is discouraged, and is not permitted at all during class
  • Employment in the Clinical Year is strongly discouraged, and is not permitted at all
    during scheduled rotation hours.


Financial Resources

ISU Financial Aid Office

Please note: For more information regarding residency, check the ISU Residency website.


Please visit Fastweb to learn more about grant opportunities.

Rural Health Care Access Program (RHCAP):
The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare offers grant funds for projects seeking to improve access care in rural and underserved areas in Idaho.


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 online 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 online or by calling the ISU Scholarship Office at (208) 282-3315.

National Health Service Corps Scholarship:
Information for this scholarship may be found online.

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.

WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education)

Idaho State University is a member of the WICHE Program. ISU PA students from Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may apply for WICHE funding through the WICHE office online.

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

Loan Repayment

State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP):
The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare offers a program for providers working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program:
The NHSC offers a program for providers working in designated HPSAs.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF):
The federal government's Federal Student Aid office within the U.S. Department of Education offers a program for those employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, tribal government, or non-profit organization.


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