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Costs & Financial Aid

The UW Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the Division of Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in collaboration with UW Continuum College.

Program and Living Expenses

The UW DPT program is 11 consecutive quarters (33 months) long. Tuition is charged as a flat quarterly rate. For the 2019-2020 academic year, tuition is $6,882 per quarter for resident (Washington state) students and $12,214 per quarter for nonresidents. Payment is due by the third Friday of the quarter. Tuition rates are subject to change and may increase 5-10 percent per year.

In addition to tuition, you’ll need to budget for other program-related costs, such as required UW and program fees; books, and travel and housing expenses for out-of-town clinical internships. (Students are required to do at least one of their internships outside of the Greater Seattle area.)

Estimated Total Program Expenses

  Resident Nonresident
Tuition $76,000 $135,000
Fees $4,000 $4,000
Books and Copies $2,000 $2,000
Immunization  $500 $500
Internship-Related Expenses $7,500 $7,500
Total $90,000 $149,000


Estimated Living Expenses

Below are estimated living expenses for a single person living in Seattle. A one-bedroom, off-campus apartment typically runs $1,000 a month, and the U-Pass ($80 a quarter) may cover local transportation needs. 

Housing $33,000
Food and Entertainment $27,000
Health Insurance $2,000
Transportation $1,000
Total $63,000


Washington State Residency

Out-of-state resident? Find out what’s needed to establish Washington state residency.  

Financial Aid & Other Funding

Because the UW DPT program is full time, students have little time to work while enrolled. If you need financial assistance, you can apply for various forms of financial aid, including federal financial aid, scholarships and loans. For more information, visit the fee-based programs page of the Office of Student Financial Aid website. Fee-based students are not eligible for tuition exemptions or University grants.

Residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Wyoming can pursue tuition support through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Professional Student Exchange Program. This program enables qualified residents of these states to pay reduced tuition rates because physical therapy is not available as a field of study at public institutions in their home state. Call 303-541-0200 for more information.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund

The Mark "Dr. G" Guthrie Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund  provides scholarships to UW DPT students. The fund was created in honor of Mark Guthrie, who was head of the Division of Physical Therapy for 18 years. The program will let students know how they can apply,