Tuition Costs & Financial Aid Resources

The UD Department of Physical Therapy tuition rate for the 2019-2020 academic year, Class of 2021, is $1051/credit hour with typical annual tuition rate increases of about 4%, but subject to change. Due to a College of Health Sciences tuition credit, the DPT student tuition rate is lower than the published University of Delaware graduate tuition rate. Note that upon entry into the DPT program, the credit hour tuition rate will remain constant throughout the period of your study in the DPT program. You may refer to the curriculum to plan costs per semester noting that the number of credits per semester may vary depending on student registration to optional courses, assignment to an Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE), or modification to the curriculum schedule.

Also note that all DPT students have the same graduate tuition rate; however, Delaware residents who apply during the early phase of each admissions cycle are awarded tuition scholarships which may vary from year to year. The Department of Physical Therapy also awards Deans Diversity scholarships and, as funds are available, merit-based scholarships which are not reflective in the figures above and would provide a student with additional savings. Please contact the DPT Admissions Office at or 302-831-8910 for further information.

Please visit the UD Student Financial Services (SFS) Office for detailed information related to graduate student costs and financial aid or contact them at 302-831-2126 or ASKSFS.

Other Program Costs

Please note that in addition to tuition, there are other costs that may be associated with your participation in the DPT program. The following table highlights additional costs which may be beneficial for budgeting your education.


Amount Additional Information
Additional University Fees (Health Service, Student Center, Registration, General) ~$2,500 over 2.5 years Refer to the University Catalog for more information pertaining to University fees.
University Mandatory Health Insurance ~$5,500 over 2.5 years A mandatory fee is charged in fall and spring semesters only. The fee can be waived with qualifying health insurance. See University Catalog for more information.
Textbooks ~$200-$500 per semester  
Classroom Expenses ~$800 over 2.5 years Items for use in several classes including: laptop, stethoscope, BP Cuff, gait belt, inclinometer, Goniometer, reflex hammer, tape measure, clinic name tag, finger printing and background checks, EMR/CPR materials, gloves, additional software such as FitTest Solutions and Pharmacology, UD PT Class and Club Dues, and iClicker.
Delaware Parking Pass $193 annual red permit Carpool permits are also available at a lower cost. Refer to the University of Delaware Parking & Transportation Services webpage.
APTA and Delaware Chapter Dues ~$110/year Refer to the APTA Membership website for additional information.
Liability Insurance ~$38/year Refer to the HPSO web page for information on professional liability insurance.
Graduation Fees ~$240 Application, cap & gown rental
PTCAS Application Fee ~$155 Price may vary pending individual applications.
Housing and Food Varies Note that clinical affiliations begin in May of the 3rd year of the program with many affiliations possibly requiring the student to travel or move beyond the Newark, DE area.
Recommended Amount Additional Information
Clipboard, AAA batteries for iClickers ~$15  
Clinic Dress Code Clothing Varies The University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic has a dress code which generally includes dress pants or khakis, button down collared shirts, and dress shoes (tennis shoes not permitted).
Fun activities such as annual PT Prom, happy hours, and UD DPT Clothing merchandise Varies This will vary pending interest by the student.


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540 S College Ave, Newark DE 19713

P: 302-831-8910 | F: 302-831-4234