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 2016-2017 academic year, tuition is $6,561 per quarter for resident (Washington state) students and $12,214 per quarter for nonresidents. Tuition rates are subject to change and may increase 5-10 percent a 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 Non-Resident
Tuition $75,000 $135,000
Fees $3,900 $3,900
Books and Copies $2,000 $2,000
Immunization  $400 $400
Internship-Related Expenses $5,000 $5,000
Total $86,300 $146,300

 

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.

McGee Fellowship

In select years, the UW Division of Physical Therapy awards a McGee Fellowship of $5,000 each year for all three years of the program to one incoming DPT student. The fellowship is awarded based on merit and financial need. As funds become available, we’ll announce how students can apply for this award.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund

In 2015 the UW Division of Physical Therapy created the Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund in honor of Mark Guthrie, who was head of the division for 18 years. As donations to the fund become available, we’ll announce how students can apply for scholarships of varying amounts.