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Physician Assistant Program

Houston, Texas

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Physician Assistant Program
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Expenses

Student Cost of Attendance (COA)

The estimated cost of attendance figures, as established by the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) in consultation with the SAHS Physician Assistant Program, should help you plan your educational financing. Great care has been taken to calculate a fair student cost of attendance, reflective of average costs in Houston. These figures are used in conjunction with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your financial need as well as the amount you should be able to contribute toward the cost of your education. Financial aid is not available to meet expenses that exceed the estimated COA.

Expense
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
Tuition
First Year
16,850
16,850
18,536
Second Year
16,850
16,850
16,850
Third Year
8,425
8,425
8,425
Curriculum Fee
First Year
1,420
1,515
1,515
Second Year
738
833
833
Third Year
287
382
382
Educational IT Fee
First Year
240
240
240
Second Year
240
240
240
Third Year
120
120
120
Resource Center Fee
First Year
150
150
150
Second Year
150
150
150
Third Year
75
75
75
Facility Fee
First Year
4,800
4,800
4,800
Second Year
4,800
4,800
4,800
Third Year
2,400
2,400
2,400
Research Fee
First Year
50
50
50
Second Year
100
100
100
Third Year
150
150
150
Student Activities Fee
First Year
40
40
40
Second Year
40
40
40
Third Year
20
20
20
Documentation Fee
First Year
100
100
100
Second Year
100
100
100
Third Year
50
50
50
Malpractice Fee
First Year
12
12
12
Second Year
12
12
12
Third Year
6
6
6
Matriculation (1st Year)
90
165
200
Lab Materials (1st Year) 56 56 56
Yearbook
35
40
40
Graduation (3rd Year)
300
300
400
International Fee (F-1)
75
75
75
International Fee (J-1)
100
100
100
BLS/ACLS Fee 0 0 200

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The estimated COA for the BCM PA Program is of an educational and personal nature. The educational costs include tuition, books, fees and supplies as shown in the below figure.

Educational Expenses*
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Tuition
18,536 16,850 8,425
Fees
7,168 6,390 3,618
Books and Supplies
5,567 561 0
Education Total
31,271 23,801 12,043

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

The other expenses factoring into the COA are related to living in the Houston community while attending the BCM PA Program. The estimated living expenses are similar to those encountered in other major metropolitan areas in the southwestern region of the United States. If you live with your parents while attending the PA Program, the estimated room and board cost is $3,396 for each 12-month period. Only your costs are included in the expense budget, with allowances for child care costs, where applicable.

Indirect Expenses*
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Room & Board
15,156
15,156
7,578
Transportation
3,552
3,552
1,776
Personal
6,000
6,000
3,000
Indirect Total
24,708
24,708
12,354

*These figures represent estimated expenses; your actual expenses may vary.

Some enrolled students minimize their expenses through shared housing arrangements. An automobile is essential for mobility within Houston and for transportation to and from clinical assignments throughout the state.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is provided through various federal, state, and institutional loan, grant, scholarship, and work-study programs based upon a student’s eligibility as determined by the BCM Office of Student Financial Aid. Students who need financial assistance are advised to plan ahead and submit application materials at the earliest possible date as many of the grant and low-interest loan programs have limited funds resulting in financial aid being awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A student demonstrates financial need when his or her expected contribution is less than the cost of their education. Applications and forms are available online for all current BCM students.

Emergency Loans

Short-term interest-free loans are available to most students to assist them with unexpected expenses. These loans are made for 60 days, after which the total must be repaid. All short-term loans are managed by Student Account Services.

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