Tuition and Financial Aid

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Attending graduate school is an investment in your future and a commitment of your financial resources. The George Washington University is committed to assisting graduate applicants in the process of financing their education. To better meet the needs of our physical therapy students, the program charges a fixed tuition rate for the duration of the program, which means that you will not incur annual tuition increases during your course of study; students must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment. 

The following represents estimated expenses for newly admitted students entering the program in the 2020-21 academic year.

  DPT Cohort 2023
  Fall I Spring I Summer I
Tuition $14,787 $14,787 $14,787
Student Health Insurance
Student Association Fee
Subtotal Tuition and Fees $15,832 $16,082 $15,570
Educational Expenses
Books & Supplies
Subtotal Educational Expenses $1,800 $1,800 $1,100

*Rates for academic year 2020-2021

Please note that all students enrolled in the program are required to maintain adequate health insurance coverage that meets the University requirements throughout the duration of the program. This insurance is mandatory, but the GW student health insurance plan may be waived with proof of other current coverage. Please see the Pre-Clinical Requirements webpage for more details.

Personal & Living Expenses

The George Washington University Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) estimates a standard amount when determining living expenses, including housing and utilities, for a graduate student living off-campus. The OSFA estimates the average out-of-pocket costs that students may incur, such as personal and living expenses. Please note that these costs are variable variable and can be considerably less, depending on your choice of living arrangements. Program students recently surveyed indicated average expenses lower than those included above.

*For complete cost information that may not be listed here, please visit the Cost of Attendance page on the Student Financial Assistance website.

Financial Assistance

Eligible students who wish to apply for federal loans, must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is currently available online for the academic year and list GW’s School Code 001444. The fall priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is February 15th. You will still be able to submit the FAFSA after this date, but please do so as soon as you accept an offer of admission. Please visit the "Graduate" tab under the Office of Student Financial Assistance website for financial aid deadline information. For detailed information on how to apply for federal financial aid, please visit the "Graduate" tab under the "How to Apply for Financial Aid" section of the financial aid website.

Please note that students who are slated to receive outside resources from University departments or other agencies must report their funding via the Verification of Outside Awards form. If you have any questions regarding the federal financial aid application process, please reach out directly to OFSA at 202-994-6620 or

Please note, the Health Sciences Admissions Office must have your social security number (SSN) on file before financial aid can be processed. Please visit the for information on How to Apply for Financial Aid. Please be advised, students who receive financial assistance must adhere to the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (see Financial Aid Policies and Disclosures below). For more information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at

The University requests that international students applying for admission, present evidence of sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, books and living expenses for their course of study in the program.

Departmental Scholarships

Commensurate with the SMHS mission, the DPT program is dedicated to recruiting and educating a qualified and diverse health care workforce able to meet societal needs. As such, there are a limited number of scholarships available for qualified applicants. All students will be considered for scholarship awards. No additional application is required.

Policies and Disclosures Related to Financial Aid

Please visit the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) and the GW Student Accounts Office to review a comprehensive list of important policies related to financial aid that you will need to familiarize yourself with, including the following items:

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is a federally-funded work program that allows GW students who have received a FWS award from the Office of Student Financial Assistance to earn money through a part-time job during the academic year. Students interested in the Federal Work Study Program must complete the Graduate Federal Work Study Request Form to be considered for that program and indicate their interest when filling out the FAFSA as well. The Graduate Federal Work Study Request Form is available under the "Graduate" tab on the OFSA website at

Military Educational Benefits

GW’s Office of Military and Veteran Student Services processes applications for entitlement payments under the various classes of veterans’ educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are planning to use the G.I. Bill®, please consult the Admitted Veteran, Military Personnel, and Dependent Student Checklist. GW Certifying Official(s) and information about military benefits can be found at the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services website.