Tuition and Fees

Approved tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:

Year One
Year Two
Semester Hours 44 60
Resident Tuition ($313.15/credit hour) $13,779 $18,789
Non-resident Tuition ($817.50/credit hour for Allied Health Courses,$602.05/credit hour for Non-Allied Health Courses) $32,092 $49,050
Minnesota Resident Tuition ($585.50/credit hour for Allied Health Courses, $428.05/credit hour for Non-Allied Health Courses)(15-16 rate - this rate changes in August for Fall, Spring courses) $22,928* $35,130*
General Activity Fee (per credit hour)(only charged during Year One) $1,910 $0
Health Sciences Fee ($97.70/credit hour) $2,540 $5,862
Delivery Fee (Year 2 only) $0 $2,604
Malpractice Insurance $35 $35
Health Insurance* $2,082 $2,082
Life, Disability, AD&D $81.59 $89.00
Medical Instruments $1,200 $0
Computer $2,100 $0
Tuition and Fees are subject to change by the South Dakota Board of Regents. *MN reciprocity rates are not set until August and are provided for estimate purposes only. 
*Health Insurance is required and must meet minimum requirements set by Health Affairs. The amount listed is that allowed by Financial Aid, not the actual cost of the coverage.

For a detailed estimate of expenses for the upcoming year please view the 2016-2017 Student Budget.


  • Tuition and fees are subject to change by the South Dakota Board of Regents

  • Questions regarding residency should be directed to the Registrar's Office
  • Students will incur additional expenses for travel, lodging and meals during the clinical phase of the program. These costs vary depending on your schedule

Financial Aid

The University of South Dakota has financial aid programs to assist students who have financial needs. The Office of Financial Aid is prepared to supplement student contributions from its aid sources for qualified applicants. Counselors are available to assist students in obtaining financial aid from outside sources. It is very important that all financial planning arrangements are complete prior to entering the program.

Employment Policy

Physician Assistant students are advised that employment during the didactic phase of the program is highly discouraged and not allowed during the clinical phase due to the heavy academic demands of the program.

Refunds and Withdrawal

The Graduate Catalog has more information about USD's refund policy and withdrawal policy.