Physician’s Fee—How To Get PA School Scholarships
Becoming a physician assistant takes a lot of time and effort. You have to take classes and spend over 2,000 hours in a clinic. It’s also a costly affair—tuition fees go from $30,000 in public schools to almost $90,000 in private ones. If you add other education-related expenses, you’ll end up with a huge amount of money you have to pay by yourself.
Schools and organizations understand most students can’t afford tuition fees, which is why they offer scholarships and grants. In this article, we’ll show you where to find PA school scholarships and how you can apply for them.
We’ll also explain how DoNotPay can make your search for financial aid effortless and quick.
Physician assistant (PA) college and graduate scholarships are for physician assistant students only, meaning that you have to be in this field of study to get them. To be eligible for an award, you usually have to be enrolled at a certain university or practice at a certain clinic. Some universities that offer scholarships for PA students include:
- Yale University
- University of Iowa
- University of Utah
- George Washington University
- Duke University
- University of Washington
Financial aid programs for PA students come from three main sources:
- Federal and state organizations
- PA Foundation
- Companies and organizations
Federal and state-level institutions provide financial aid to PA students to relieve them of (some of) the financial burden that comes with studying. The majority of these programs are available only to U.S. citizens, provided that they fulfill additional requirements.
If you wish to apply for a federal or state scholarship—aside from being a physician assistant student—you have to show interest in other fields, such as primary healthcare for minorities or rural communities.
Government-related institutions also offer need-based financial aid for those who don’t have satisfactory academic performance but can’t afford tuition fees. These programs can be non-returnable, but many are student loans that need to be paid back.
To be eligible for need-based aid, you need to prove your financial difficulties—your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) needs to go below a certain value that varies depending on the program. To declare your EFC, you need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Check out the table for information on some of the programs PA Foundation runs:
|Name of the Program||Requirements||Award|
|Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship||$1,000|
|NCCPA Endowed Scholarship||$2,000|
|AAPA Rural Health Caucus Scholarship and Ron Nelson Memorial Scholarship||
|AAPA Past Presidents Scholarship||
|William H. Marquardt Community Health Access Scholarship||
|Joyce Nichols Memorial Scholarship||
|PAs for Latino Health (PALH) Scholarship||
|Prentiss L. Harrison Memorial /African Heritage PA Scholarship||
|The Eva Dimitrov, MD & PAHPM Student Scholarship||
Companies and organizations—mostly clinics and healthcare-related enterprises—offer scholarships for physician assistant students. These programs usually have more significant awards, but they are harder to secure.
Clinics also tie their awardees to themselves—if you get financial aid from a clinic, you’ll probably have to agree to work for them over a certain period after you finish college.
Company programs cover a wider variety of groups, including:
- Students of different levels of study
- Students of different faiths
- International students
- Transfer students
The most straining part of getting any scholarship is the process of finding out about them. There are thousands of financial aid programs out there, and it’s not easy to find information on them. Here’s where you can begin your search:
|Places To Search||Description|
|Financial aid office in your school||If you’re already in a PA school, there’s probably a financial aid officer who’s already familiar with PA student scholarships. You should talk to them to get some advice on where to get your award|
|PA Foundation website||You can find all scholarships offered by PA Foundation, together with information about deadlines, requirements, and award values|
|DoNotPay||Our app has a feature with which you can search for scholarships and get a personalized list of all the available programs you’re eligible for|
The process will depend on the scholarship you’re applying for. Each program has its set of rules and requirements, so make sure you do thorough research before you start your application. Some rules are universal, and following them can help you prepare. You need to:
- Not be late for the deadline
- Fill out the FAFSA form, if applicable
- Make sure you fit the desired profile
- Prepare all the necessary paperwork, such as:
- Statement of purpose
- Letter of recommendation
- Cover letter
The main reason why so many students miss out on financial aid is that they don’t see the process out to the end. It can take months to find the program that fits you perfectly, and you’ll have to invest a lot of energy into researching what different scholarships offer.
You can bypass all of that with DoNotPay! With our app, you can run custom searches for scholarships that accept students with your academic achievement, level of study, and interests.
All you need to do is the following:
- Sign up for DoNotPay via your browser
- Select the Apply for Scholarships product
- Answer a few questions from our chatbot
- Select the type of scholarship you’re interested in
After a few minutes, we’ll show you a list of all the available scholarships, together with information about award amount, deadlines, and purpose.
If there’s a no-essay scholarship you wish to apply for, you can use our app and instruct us to do so on your behalf.
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