DPT Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Student tuition and required fees for California residents are approximately $31,900/year without student health insurance and $39,100-$41,200/year with student health insurance. A breakdown of tuition and fees can be found at the following links:

Summer 2023 Tuition & Fees

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 Tuition & Fees

The University of California mandates that all students have continuous health coverage. Students are required to purchase UC’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless they obtain a waiver by providing proof of minimum coverage under an approved health plan that meets required minimum health benefits levels. Information on the SHIP waiver may be found here.

At the request of the program's accrediting organization, CAPTE, students can also view three-year program costs and student loan debt in this CAPTE Financial Fact Sheet.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for the DPT program is provided through UCSF. Details can be found on the UCSF Student Financial Services website. Additional information, including program-specific scholarships and outside resources can be found on the DPT Financial Aid page.

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UC Native American Opportunity Plan (UCNAOP)

UC’s Native American Opportunity Plan ensures that in-state systemwide Tuition and Student Services Fees are fully covered for California students who are enrolled in federally recognized Native American, American Indian, and Alaska Native tribes. If you think you are eligible, and your systemwide and student service fees have not already been covered with grant and/or scholarship aid, please email UCSF Student Financial Aid at (415) 476-4181 or [email protected]. For more information on the NAOP at UCSF, click here.

Additional Costs

The UCSF Student Financial Services Office lists additional expenses (such as cost of living, books, and supplies) for each year on its Cost of Attendance webpage (scroll down to Physical Therapy Programs). In addition, students will incur costs related to clinical education. They include:

  • APTA Student Membership: $103 for each year in the program.
  • CPR Certification: Cost varies by location. Ranges from $70 to $100 for a 2-year certification. Students must maintain active certification for the three years of the program Certified Background Check: $32.75 for initial background check. $35 for each drug test, as needed for clinical education experiences. $32.75 for each additional background check, as needed.
  • Health Examination: Cost varies depending on student's health insurance plan. If a student enrolled in the UCSF Student Health Insurance Plan, these immunizations will be at no additional cost.
  • Clinical Experience: Approximately $3,000 per student. The cost of liability insurance is covered by the DPT program. Students are responsible for all other costs related to clinical experiences which may include but are not limited to: relocation, transportation, housing, meals, attire, documentation, physical examinations, health requirements.

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