Tuition, Expenses, and Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid is available for the Class of 2023 (matriculating Fall 2021). Please see

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 MPAS - Master's of Physician Assistant students for the 2021-2022 academic year is $578.75.10 per credit hour for Colorado residents and $665.60 per credit hour for non-residents. 120 hours of semester credit are required to complete the MPAS program. Total tuition and fees for in-state students is approximately $69,448 for the MPAS program. Total tuition and fees for out-of-state students is approximately  $79,870. Please note: These figures are subject to change without notice. Tuition rates are adjusted by CCCS 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 and supplies is $4000. 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.

Upon acceptance to the PA Program, students will receive further information about the financial aid process. 

Financial Aid Office
For financial aid questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 303.914.6256.


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.