Program Costs & Financial Aid | Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program

Program Costs

Students in the Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program (PAS-Hybrid) at the University of Pittsburgh can expect to pay $49,999 per year (based on 2022-2023 academic year tuition rates). This cost does not include registration and student fees, and is subject to change each year as approved by the University of Pittsburgh.


Total Credit Hours


Didactic (First) Year Tuition


Clinical (Second) Year Tuition


Mandatory University Fees


Required Additional Fees & Costs (Estimated)


Per Immersion Experience x 3 Immersion Experiences (Travel, Lodging, Meals)


Estimated Total Cost of Required Expenses


Estimated Total Cost of Program

Learn more about the estimated tuition, fees, and costs.

For information on refunds of tuition and fees, see our Policies and Procedures Manual.

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Is This A Good Investment?

When you complete the Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program at the University of Pittsburgh, we prepare you to pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) and meet the need for quality health care providers in your community. Below you will see the average salaries of potential roles for graduates with a MS in Physician Assistant Studies. As each graduate is unique, you should evaluate your personal and professional goals after graduation in order to assess your earning potential.

Physician Assistant Earning Potential

Median annual compensation by individual specialty area for certified physician assistants.


Median Annual Compensation



Emergency medicine


Surgical subspecialties


No medical specialty


Pediatric subspecialties


Internal medicine


Primary care


Source: AAPA Salary Report, 2020

How Will You Pay Program Costs?

Students have a variety of resources available to cover the program costs. Some of the most frequently used funding options are included below, but we encourage you to consult with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid when determining the best options for your financial plan.

We recommend the FastWeb scholarship search site for external scholarships.

The Federal government provides loan options for graduate students, even if they do not qualify for need-based financial aid. The Pitt Financial Aid Office works with two types of U.S. federal government loans:

  • Federal Direct Loans: This is generally the lowest cost loan available, for up to $20,500 every academic year. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, take at least six credits per semester and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify. Pitt’s school code for the FAFSA is 008815.
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans: If you need to borrow more, then a Graduate PLUS loan can generally cover the remainder. You will need to submit the application for the Federal Direct loan prior to applying for the PLUS.


If federal loans are unavailable or insufficient, we can help you explore private or alternative education loans. Unlike federal loans, private loans do not require a FAFSA to apply. Private loans are not based on need and approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay. Some students may need to apply with a creditworthy co-signer. Interest rates, grace periods, repayment options and fees are determined by the lender and can vary considerably from lender to lender; generally, they charge higher rates than federal loans.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program sponsored by University of Pittsburgh. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Contact Us

For more detailed information on financial aid, visit the SHRS website. If you have any questions, please email us at or call us at (412) 643-3730.