Financial Assistance for the PA Program

Financial aid must be applied for through the University or directly from outside funding sources, rather than through the PA program. The program has no direct involvement in the granting of any financial aid.

General information and application forms for financial aid and financing a USC education are available at:

Financial aid applicants who meet all the deadlines will be considered for the Federal Stafford Loan and Federal GradPlus Loan. Additionally, there is the USC Tuition Payment Plan. United States government guidelines preclude international students from receiving federal financial assistance through the USC Financial Aid Office. However, international students are eligible and may apply for private financing programs.

Additional information regarding financial aid scholarships and other payback agreements may be obtained from the American Academy of Physician Assistants through the student AAPA web page. The state of California and the Health Resources and Services Administration offer a number of loan repayment programs which allow PA graduates to repay significant amounts of debt through post-graduate employment in settings serving medically underserved patient populations. Additional information regarding post-graduate employment can be obtained through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and the National Health Services Corps.

Questions? Please contact the USC Office of Financial Aid at (323) 442-1016 or You may also contact the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC Admission Office at or (626) 457-4240.