Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

The tuition cost for all three years for the graduating class of 2024 is approximately $136,561.  Total estimated costs per year including other educational and living expenses per year are included here.  Regarding the health insurance premium, please note that if you already have insurance coverage, you can waive that cost by filling out a waiver form. Learn more here.

Financial Assistance

Students can be considered for financial assistance after acceptance into the DPT program and the $1,000 nonrefundable matriculation deposit has been made.

According to government regulations, federal aid is limited to citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The University requires international students applying for admission to present evidence of sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for their course of study in the program.

Financial assistance comes in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and/or work-study provided by federal, state, university, and/or private sources. Financial aid is based on merit, financial need, enrollment status, and availability of funds. 

Program Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to students based on undergraduate academic achievement. Scholarship amount varies, as it depends on the availability of funds.  Applicants do not apply for these scholarships. These scholarships are awarded as part of the acceptance letter and are based on the final transcript that indicates receipt of a baccalaureate degree and cumulative grade point average. Applicants who have not received their baccalaureate degree at the time of acceptance may receive a provisional scholarship award.

Merit scholarships are renewed yearly under the condition that the student maintains a minimum grade point average of 3.35 each semester throughout the three-year program.

Clinical Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded to students for the second clinical education experience and/or for the third and final internship experience. The fellowships, of varying dollar support, are used to help defray costs for travel and living expenses for students seeking challenging affiliations nationwide. Students apply for these competitive fellowships and the final determination for the award is based on the recommendations of the Program Director and the Directors of Clinical Education.

University Scholarships

Louis and Emmanuel G. Rosenblatt Foundation, Inc. Donna Lynn Mushkin Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Rosenblatt Foundation has endowed one scholarship to a second-year DPT student in memory of Donna Lynn Mushkin, a creative young woman who had hoped to dedicate her life to working with physically and emotionally challenged youth. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, maintain current student membership in the APTA, and show a commitment to pediatric physical therapy as illustrated by previous work or volunteer experience with children and/or youth. The recipient must also plan on taking the specialization track in pediatrics with a corresponding pediatric clinical experience in the third year, aspire to a career in pediatrics, and exhibit the finest character and highest degree of professional behavior.

Yellow Ribbon Program

This is an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements the base benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® by allowing educational institutions to enter into dollar-for-dollar matching agreements with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Participation in this supplementary program is determined by Columbia's participating schools on a first-come, first-serve basis and is available only to students who meet the 100% entitlement according to their VA-issued Certificate of Eligibility. Maximum contribution amount: $6,000. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Other Resources

AMBUCS Scholarship for Therapists

PT External Scholarship Opportunities

Preparing Financially for a Physical Therapy Career

Understanding Student Loan Debt and Preparing for Repayment

Managing Student Loan Debt