Tuition, Expenses, and Financial Aid
The time constraints and demands of physician assistant education are such that the faculty strongly discourages employment during the Program. Therefore, an applicant should carefully consider his/her financial circumstances in order to develop a plan to obtain the financial resources necessary to complete the Program.
Tuition for RRCC PA students for the 2013-2014 academic year is $449.55 per credit hour for Colorado residents and $548.65 per credit hour for non-residents. 80 hours of semester credit are required to complete the Program. Total tuition and fees for in-state students is approximately $37,000 for the Program and $8,000 for the Masters degree from St. Francis University. Please note: These figures are subject to change without notice. Tuition rates are adjusted by CCCS and St. Francis in June/July of each year.
Because PA students are strongly discouraged from working during the Program, applicants must account for the additional housing and living expenses that will be incurred. Other expenses include medical textbooks, equipment, and supplies. The average cost of the required textbooks is $1500. Approximately $1000 will be required for a high-quality stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, oto-ophthalmoscope, and other required equipment. In addition to these costs, students should calculate the expenses associated with transportation to clinical learning experiences (CLEs) and clerkships, some of which will be assigned outside the metropolitan Denver area. Students will require reliable transportation throughout the Program.
Because PA students have earned a baccalaureate degree, these students are ineligible for state and federal grants. Private grants are very limited. Guaranteed student loans are available through the Financial Aid Office. Students who enroll in the Master's program option may apply to St. Francis University for graduate financial aid no sooner than the second year of the Physician Assistant Program. Graduate financial aid can provide extra funds for students of a graduate program.
Upon acceptance to the PA Program, students will receive further information about the financial aid process. For information regarding Financial Aid please contact:
Financial Aid Office
The advisors listed below are assigned to PA students by last name:
The Financial Aid TV link below provides general financial aid information regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
The Red Rocks Community College Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting RRCC in its commitment to students, learning, and excellence. The Foundation offers opportunities for student scholarships. PA students may also consider scholarship and/or loan repayment opportunities through organizations such as the National Health Service Corps, Indian Health Service, or the U.S. Military. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) also offer student scholarships.
In 2011, the RRCC PA Program was awarded a grant from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) which provides scholarship opportunities for two students who have been accepted to the Program. Recipients of the scholarship are students who have committed to providing medical care to the underserved in a rural area in Colorado or Wyoming. Applications and further information about this grant will be distributed following acceptance into the Program.