Physician Assistant Studies Program

Health Science Building
9200 University Blvd., Charleston, SC 29406

PA Program Cost and Aid

Tuition and fee information for the PA program:

PA Program Tuition and Fees

Total Program Tuition ($15,500 each semester for 6 semesters)    $93,000
Program and Lab Fee (One-time fee in semester 1) $1,500
Technology Fee $125
Graduation Fee $50
Vehicle Permit Fee $50

Additional Estimated Costs Associated with the Program

Background Check & Urine Drug Screen $300
Textbooks  $2,000
Laptop Computer $1,500
Membership $200
Professional Development $1,500
Regalia Fee $75

Estimated Living and Transportation Expenses Per Semester

Off-Campus Housing, Utilities and Food $6,933
Miscellaneous Living Expenses (Cell Phone Expenses, Health Insurance, Other) $2,536
Dependent Care (If Applicable) $1,600
Transportation Expenses (Car Insurance, Gas, Car Payments) $3,552

Miscellaneous University Fees

Late Graduation Request Fee $25
Graduation Reapplication Fee $25
Transcript Fee $5
CSU Student I.D. Card Replacement Fee $10

Note: Tuition charges and fees are subject to change, pending Board of Trustees’ approval.        


  • 100% of semester tuition and fees are due at the beginning of the semester.
  • Fees paid directly to the University are nonrefundable.

Tuition refunds are made as follows:

Refund Timeline Per Semester  

Before Classes Begin 100%
During 1st Week* 100%
During 2nd Week 25%
After 2nd Week 0%

*Prior to the end of the drop/add period

Explanation of Costs & Other Requirements:

The university will collect a one-time fee at the beginning of the didactic year from each student.  This fee will be used to cover the cost of the following: diagnostic equipment (excluding a stethoscope), scrubs and lab uniforms, white coats, trainings and certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS, HIPAA, OSHA), building key cards, iPads and Apple Care, and liability insurance through the duration of the program.

All students are required to complete a background check and urine drug screen prior to matriculation, prior to the clinical year, and at the request of the program if necessary.  The expenses associated with these tests are the responsibility of the student.

Many textbooks required for the program will be available online through Access Medicine and at no additional charge to enrolled students. Access Medicine, UpToDate, PubMed, and Medline will be available online electronic medical resources to students enrolled in the PA Program.

Each student will be required to purchase textbooks for the program if they are not offered through the above resources. Most of these textbooks will need to be purchased at the onset of the program and will be used throughout the duration of the program. Students can choose to purchase a hard copy of any textbook utilized in our online resources as well but should note the cost of these may not be included in the above estimate.

Each student will be required to purchase and maintain a functional laptop computer through the duration of the program.

Membership into the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants and the PA Program Student Leadership Association is strongly encouraged while a student is in the program.

Students may choose to attend PA conferences during their didactic or clinical years. Students will be responsible for travel, conference registration fees, lodging, and meals during the conference.

Students are responsible for arranging their own housing accommodations, transportation, and any expenses associated with travel to and from campus and to and from clinical rotation experiences.  Students may be required to attend rotations at sites outside of the Charleston area and will be responsible for all expenses related to such assignments.

All Physician Assistant students are required to have health insurance coverage throughout the program. It is the responsibility of the student to adequately research the cost of insurance while in the program as Charleston Southern University does not provide health insurance for students. Students must furnish evidence of having the insurance prior to enrollment and must provide documentation of continued enrollment at the beginning of each academic year. Students are personally liable for all health/medical costs incurred while attending the university.

PA Student Financial Aid

1. Create Your FSA ID

An FSA ID is a username and password that you can use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. If you do not have an FSA ID, we recommend creating your FSA ID as soon as possible —even before you’re ready to complete the FAFSA form—to avoid delays in the process. To complete an FSA ID now:  Please be advised that you may have to wait up to three days before your FSA ID is available for use.

2. Visit  

To complete your FAFSA using your FSA ID.

3. Use Your 2020 Tax Records

On the 2021–22 FAFSA form, you (and your
spouse) will report your 2020 income information, rather than your 2021 income
information. You should have your 2020 tax return and 2020 IRS W-2 available for

  • Once the Financial Aid Office has your FAFSA and you have been accepted into the program, they will create an award letter for you and will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.
  • The award letter will contain your financial aid information, any missing documents you will need to provide and message specific to your awards.
  • The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program—This is the largest federal student loan program. Under this program, ED is your lender rather than a bank or other financial institution. There are two types of Direct Loans that graduate and professional degree students may receive: Direct Unsubsidized Loans—Eligible students may borrow up to $20,500 per school year. Loans must be divided evenly between semesters. You will need to complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and Direct Loan Entrance Interview to receive your loans.  This can be done by visiting  You will need your FSA ID and password to log into this site.
  • Direct PLUS Loans—Eligible graduate and professional degree students who need to borrow more than the maximum unsubsidized loan amounts to meet their education costs may apply for a PLUS loan. A credit check will be performed during the application process. Loans must be divided evenly between semesters. These loans cannot exceed your cost of attendance.  You will need to complete a Direct PLUS Master Promissory Note.  This can be done by visiting  You will need your FSA ID and password to log into this site.
  • Private Loans – Private lenders offer loans to assist in the cost of higher education minus other financial aid.  These loans are credit-based and the terms and conditions vary from lender to lender.  These loans cannot exceed your cost of attendance.
    • Sallie Mae Smart Loan –
    • Wells Fargo Private Loan –
    • Palmetto Assistance Loan –
    • Discover Student Loans –
    • Suntrust Education Loans –
    • Union Federal Savings Bank –
  • Scholarship Searches – Unfortunately, Charleston Southern does not have scholarships available at the graduate level to assist students.  We do have a list of scholarship searches for students to visit:

The information provided here is designed for our class that begins January 2020.