Financial Aid Information for Physician Assistants

Requirements Before Your Aid Disburses

  • Enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a degree at University of Iowa.  
  • No outstanding charges from a previous term.
  • Complete, signed, and returned loan promissory note(s).
  • Completion of Entrance Loan Counseling, if you have been awarded the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan(s) and you are a first-time borrower.
  • Not in default of any educational loan, including short term emergency loans from Heartland ECSI.  ECSI loans are billed separately (sent to your home address that is on file; NOT your U-Bill).

If all the above requirements are met, your aid package will typically disburse the first day of class (each semester). Below is the disbursements by class:

PA1's have fall/spring/summer disbursements; tuition is taken out fall/spring/summer for PA1's.

PA2's will have a fall/spring disbursement; tuition is taken out fall/spring for PA2's.

PA3's will have a summer loans disbursement; tuition is taken out fall for PA3's.

If you do not know if all forms are received, you can go to MyUI, Financial Aid & Billings Tab, Financial Aid To Do List link to see if you are missing any documents.

Cost of Attendance 

Scholarships from Private Sources


Iowa Residents or UI students

  • Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship recognizes qualified female applicants who demonstrate financial need and are committed to women's issues, diversity and social activism. One or two award that range from $1000-$2000 are available annually. Application form must be accompanied by college transcripts, FAFSA , personal statement and 2 letters of reference. Applications are available on their website. Application deadline: February 1.​

  • Behr Scholarship and Education Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for education programs. Scholarships are tobe used for tuition and other direct educational expenses for attendance at any college or medical/technical school. Recipients are intended to be residents of the Mercy Medical Center -North Iowa service area. Please visit for more information.  Applications are due March 2.

  • Des Moines Women's Club Lois Dell Memorial Scholarship

$1000 awarded to deserving female student in an accredited university pursuing a degree in any academic field. Applicant must be a legal resident of Polk, Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story or Warren counties in Iowa. Short essay re: biographical information and career aspirations and 3 letters of recommendation must accompany application. Further information available on their website. Application deadline: January 20


  • American Academy of Physician Assistants Scholarship

Scholarships in $1,000 denominations are distributed by the PA Foundation.  Any AAPA student member attending an accredited PA program and in the professional phase of his/her program is eligible to apply for scholarships.  Recipients are selected based on financial need, academic achievement, past employment, and goals as a PA. Applications are available  online at  Application deadline is May 31.

  • Tylenol Scholarship

The makers of Tylenol award $250,000 - $350,000 to outstanding students who are pursuing health-related studies. Funds will be awarded to at least 170 students in the amounts of $1,000 and $5,000. Must be a resident of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia, have completed at least one year of undergraduate or graduate course of study by the Spring of 2011 at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational – technical school, Must provide proof of enrollment to a public health/health education, med school, nursing and/or pharmacy degree program with one or more years of school remaining . Past winners are not eligible to apply or win in 2011/2012 Employees of McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., ISTS, Inc., their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and the families of each are not eligible. For applications and more information, go to: Use access key TYNL. Applications are usually not available until late February each year. Application deadline: May 27.​