Program Expenses

Please be advised that students accepted into the

SIU – SOM Physician Assistant Program

will incur higher tuition rates than other

SIU Graduate students.

Tuition rates are established by the SIU Board of Trustees and are competitive with other Physician Assistant programs.  Students accepted into the Physician Assistant (PA) Program will have expenses in addition to the University’s tuition and fees (see below).

The tuition and fee calculator for both Illinois Residents and Non-Illinois Residents can be accessed at the following link:   To determine tuition and fees, select the calculator for the MSPA Program at the bottom of that page. Please be advised that border state students do not receive a tuition decrease, and, therefore, pay a higher tuition rate.  Application to establish residency to receive the Illinois-resident tuition rate can be completed after six (6) months.  Please refer to the Graduate School Registrar’s Office.

Physician Assistant students incur other expenses, beyond tuition and fees.  Some of these expenses are:


Also check the SIU Financial Aid website for a Physician Assistant Student Budget.  Each school year a new estimated budget is calculated by the Financial Aid Office to reflect changes in tuition and fees, according to the Board of Trustee actions.  There is no budget posted for the final (third) summer semester, but should be approximately the same as listed for the second summer budget outlined there.  Follow this link for estimated Physician Assistant Program budgets:


Relocation Information

MSPA students’ first year, Phase I, takes place at the SIU Carbondale campus.  During the second year, Phase II, students complete clinical rotations at hubsite locations.  Phase II students are required to live at the hubsite location.  Applicants must be aware that they may be required to relocate during Phase II, based  upon hubsite assignment.  Current hubsite information is available by contacting the Program.  Phase III is an 8-week preceptorship that is arranged individually, in conjunction with the Program Hubsite Coordinator.

Withdrawal from Courses and the University

Withdrawal from the University is a serious decision.  Students in the PA Program contemplating withdrawal should review the Graduate Catalog, Chapter 1, especially pages 19-20.  Information regarding timelines and university policies regarding refund of tuition/fees can be found there. 


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