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Program Costs & Financial Aid | Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program

PA Program Costs

Students in the Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program (PAS-Hybrid) at the University of Pittsburgh can expect to pay $51,747 per year (based on the 2023-2024 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.

All of the figures below are estimated fees and costs.*


Total Credit Hours


Didactic (First) Year Tuition


Clinical (Second) Year Tuition


University Fees Per Term


PAS Major Fee Per Term


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


Estimated Total Cost of All Tuition, Mandatory Fees, and Required Additional Fees and Costs of the Program


Estimated Total Cost of Program

Click here for a breakdown of all estimated tuition, fees, and costs.

Click here to view current University of Pittsburgh tuition costs.

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

*Please note beginning the spring term of 2026, a clinical year fee of $2,000 x 3 terms will be applied to all students in their clinical year. More information and updated costs will be provided regarding this change when applicable.

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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
Specialty Emergency medicine
Median Annual Compensation $124,100
$125,000 $124,100
Specialty Surgical subspecialties
Median Annual Compensation $114,000
$125,000 $114,000
Specialty No medical specialty
Median Annual Compensation $114,000
$125,000 $114,000
Specialty Pediatric subspecialties
Median Annual Compensation $109,500
$125,000 $109,500
Specialty Internal medicine
Median Annual Compensation $109,000
$125,000 $109,000
Specialty Primary care
Median Annual Compensation $105,000
$125,000 $105,000

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.