This is a super not fun topic. Applying to PA school is expensssiiivvee! I’m going to start from the beginning to give you the best idea of how much this is going to cost you.
- $205 to take the exam
- you get 4 FREE schools to send a score to the day you take the test! Make sure to use these! However, before going to the testing site, make sure you know the GRE code for the Physician Assistant Program, and not just the regular school. Some are different and you don’t want to waste a free send.
- $27 per additional score reports to schools
- Not every school is going to require you send the GRE to them (most will however)
- Optional Stuff
- I chose to do an online Kaplan Review course before taking the GRE. I didn’t want to have to take the exam more than once, and I knew that I wouldn’t get as much out of doing workbooks as I would watching a video. Obviously, decide what you think would be the most helpful for you. I spent an additional $500 on this (they do offer tons of coupon codes throughout the year which is nice)
- Other ways to study involve buying different book options. There are also a bunch of free resources out there for you to use (you can sign up for a daily question or the GRE itself has an app for your phone).
- Didn’t do as well as you want? You can choose to review your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Section answers for $50.
- The first application you complete will be $177
- Every additional application is $51
- You pay these cost UPON submitting the application, not before!
- Transcript entry service $70. This will input your transcript for you in to CASPA. Seriously, don’t use this. It might take time, but its very easy to enter in your transcript and you can save money. I talk about entering transcripts on CASPA here
- You have to send a transcript to CASPA. This is for every college you attended. Did you do dual enrollment in high school? Send a transcript. Transferred colleges? Send transcripts from all of them.
- For my school, this was $7
- Some schools also want a transcript sent specifically to them (university of Utah)
- Every school is different on this front. There can be no supplemental, a supplemental that is just a signed agreement, essay questions, or basically a second application to fill out with your prerequisite grades.
- This is hard to ballpark a specific cost accrual, so, I’m going to give you the cost of the supplemental applications to the schools I applied to
- University of Florida $30
- Medical University of South Carolina (this is a weird school; its not on the CASPA application (it will be in the 2017 cycle) so this is really the cost of the entire application) $100
- Emory $70
- Duke $50
- Northeastern $75
- George Washington University $60
- University of Alabama at Birmingham $75
- Yale $50
- Drexel- No supplemental!
- Penn State $0 (YAY)
- Eastern Virginia Medical School $0 (YAY)
- Shenandoah- No supplemental!
- Baylor $50
- University of Utah $0 (I think)
- UT Southwestern-No supplemental
Okay, now for interview costs.
- This is super hard to ballpark. Depending on how far in advance you get an interview (some of the schools lets you know a month in advance, some of the schools let you know two weeks in advance. It just depends on the program), is going to determine a lot of the costs.
- Some things to consider
- Do you have to fly?
- Do you need to rent a car? Most places will have a shuttle service from the airport to the school-definitely call the airport and ask! Also check the University’s website, and a lot of times they’ll have tips on how to get to the school from the airport or driving directions
- How many nights are you going to have to stay? Some school utilize a two day interview. Some schools only want you there from 9-5. And some schools do a student dinner the night before
- If you have the option to stay with a student, stay with the student! Firstly, it’ll save you money. And secondly, the student will often have lots of tips for you!
- Will you be traveling with family?
- The schools will often send out cheaper hotels, or hotels that give deals to students, when they send out your interview invite.
- Also, check out Airbnb (if you’ve never used it before, I can send you a link for $25 off your first time).
- I would budget at least another $1000 for interviews (depending on the number of schools you apply to it could be more or less)
I chose to apply for a Southwest credit card before I applied so that I could use the miles I got from paying for all the application fees to fly to my interviews. It was SUPER convenient and helped me save a ton of money. If you want a link to apply (you get 50,000 points for spending $2000 in 3 months) just shoot me an email through the contact page. Also consider checking out other cards such as Delta, Expedia, etc.
Comment below on your thoughts about applying to PA school, and your own experience.
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