Cost of Attendance

Additional Costs

In addition to tuition, students are responsible for several others fees and expenses. Students must obtain and show proof of personal health insurance prior to starting the training and must maintain that insurance throughout the professional Program, as well as maintain liability insurance. Students must also pay a $25.00 fee each semester to help defray the cost of OSCE and the physical assessment facilities.

Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from the Red Cross for Professional Rescuers or the American Heart Association for Health Care Providers must be presented to the PA Department upon acceptance into the Program and must be maintained throughout the professional curriculum. No other certification will be accepted. The cost is approximately $50 biennial.

The Department requires students to have a laptop computer with certain specifications. Those specifications will be provided upon acceptance to the Program. Students are advised not to purchase laptop computers without those specifications. If purchased through the Pirate Techs program at ECU, the current approximate cost of the laptop is $1450.00. Information may be obtained at:

During year two (clinicals), the student must plan for the expense of rotations away from campus (e.g., living expenses, transportation, etc.). Employment during enrollment is strongly discouraged. Tuition/fees and other costs are subject to change without notice.

The following costs are estimates only. Expenses may be greater on certain items than indicated.

Proposed PA Tuition and Fees for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Annual Tuition and Fees

Year Resident Non-Resident
Year 1 $17,069.50 $36,793.00
Year 2 $16,434.50 $36,158.00
Year 3 (Fall semester) $  5,393.50
Total Tuition and Fees* $38,897.50 $84,919.00
Total Tuition, Fees and Other Related Costs** $43,679.50 $89,701.00

*Annual tuition for FY 2018-2019 was estimated on June 26, 2018 based on data available. The University does not publish the actual tuition until shortly before the semester starts.

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Other Related Costs
Books and Supplies $1,900.00
Uniforms $150.00
Clinical Supplies $800.00
Computer $1,500.00
Parking $432.00
**Total Other Related Costs $4,782.00


On-site students are responsible for obtaining their own housing in the Greenville area during the didactic phase of the curriculum. Detailed information regarding university housing is available through University Housing Services at 1-800-328-7668 or 252-ECU-HOME (328-4663) or The student should be ready for travel by personal vehicle. Since many clinical rotation sites are away from the Greenville area, all students should expect to be assigned to these away sites and should anticipate the need to find housing in these areas during the clinical portion of the Program. Clinical coordinators will work with AHEC about potential housing at these away sites; however, neither AHEC nor the Program guarantees to provide housing.

Financial Aid

Through the use of federal and state funds, as well as contributions from its many friends and alumni, East Carolina University makes every effort to assist students in the continuation of their education. Three main types of financial assistance are available to qualified students-educational loans, part-time employment, and gift aid consisting of grants and scholarships. The university participates in the following federal and state Programs which provide funds on the basis of financial need:

  • North Carolina Health, Science, and Math Loan Program
  • The University of North Carolina Minority Presence Grant Program
  • North Carolina Rural Health Association Grant Program
  • U.S. Rural Health Association Grant Program
  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • U.S. National Health Service
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Perkins Loan
  • Work-Study Program
  • Stafford Student Loan Program
  • Other Federal Loan Programs


The Office of Student Financial Aid assists students in obtaining funds from sources best suited for the individual's need. Please direct all matters concerning financial aid to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 252-328-6610 or at their web site:

Students are encouraged to obtain financial aid, if needed, rather than seek employment during their professional education because of the academic and clinical time demands of the curriculum. Part-time employment by PA students at ECU is strongly discouraged.