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Physician Assistant Program

TUITION & Expenses

PA Program Tuition

Total Program Tuition ($15,500 each semester for 6 semesters)   


Additional Estimated Costs Associated with the Program

Background Check & Urine Drug Screen $300
Text Books & Miscellaneous Resources $1,000
Laptop Computer $1,500
Diagnostic Medical Equipment & Lab Coat $1000
Training & Certifications $600
Memberships $100
Professional Development $1,500

Estimated Living and Transportation Expenses Per Semester

Housing & Food $4,150
Miscellaneous Living Expenses $950
Transportation Expenses $1,000

General & Miscellaneous University Fees

Graduation Fee $115
Late Graduation Request Fee $25
Graduation Reapplication Fee $25
Transcript Fee $5
CSU Student I.D. Card Replacement Fee $10
Vehicle Permit Fee (September 1 - August 31)  $15

Student Responsible for Estimating Costs 

Medical Health Insurance (required) 

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:

Background Check & Urine Drug Screen:
All students are required to complete a background check and urine drug screen prior to matriculation and prior to the clinical year. The PA Program uses a secure outside company to track progress of completion for various requirements before the student can enroll in the program. 

Enrollment Deposit:
A $1000 non-refundable payment to the CSU Office of Enrollment Services (OES) is required to reserve the seat in the Program at the time the offer is accepted

Textbooks & Miscellaneous Resources:
Many textbooks required for the program will be available online through Access Medicine and at no charge to enrolled students. Access Medicine, UpToDate, PubMed, and Medline will be available online electronic medical resources to students enrolled in the PA Program. Information regarding these resources will be provided at orientation.

The estimation above includes textbooks and resources not available through our online electronic medical resources. Each student will be required to purchase textbooks for the Program if they are not offered through the above mentioned resources. Most of these resources 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 is not included in the above estimate.

Each student will be required to maintain a functional laptop computer through the duration of the Program. This will need to be purchased at the onset of the program and used throughout the duration of the program.

Medical Equipment and White Coats:
Students will also be required to purchase diagnostic set, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer (BP cuff), tuning forks, reflex hammer, pocket eye chart, tape measure, wrist watch with second hand, EKG caliper, and pen light at the start of Unit 2. We do not recommend purchasing these prior to the start of the Program.

Students will be responsible for purchasing a white coat at the start of Unit 5. This coat will be selected by the program. The approximate cost of the white coat will be $100.

Training & Certifications:
Students are required to receive specific necessary training and certification to participate in their supervised clinical practices experiences. This includes but is not limited to ACLS/BLS, HIPPA and OSHA Certification. Each student account will also be charged annually to cover the cost of their liability insurance during the program. This cost runs approximately $20 per year.

Membership into the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (one-time fee of $25) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (one-time fee of $75) is strongly encouraged.

Professional Development:
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. 

Living, Transportation, and Travel Expenses:
Students are responsible for arranging their own housing accommodations, transportation, and any expenses associated with travel to and from campus, to and from clinical rotation experiences and travel expenses for conferences. 

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.  Students are responsible for arranging lodging for all out-of-town rotations and all expenses associated with housing, meals, transportation and parking.

Medical Health Insurance:
All Physician Assistant students are required to have adequate 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 required to sign a statement indicating their understanding of maintaining the personal health insurance at all times and failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.  Students are personally liable for all health/medical costs incurred while attending the university.


The information provided here is designed for our class that begins January 2019. 

What Do I Need To Do First?

1. Create Your FSA ID

A 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 2016 Tax Records

On the 2018–19 FAFSA form, you (and your spouse) will report your 2016 income information, rather than your 2017 income information.  You should have your 2016 tax return and 2016 IRS W-2 available for reference.

What Happens Next?

  • 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.

Which Types of Federal Student Aid Can I Receive?

  • 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.



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