Scholarships, Expenses & Financial Aid

Academic and Professional Development Scholarships

Approximately 120 scholarships (~$400,000) are granted each year to DPT students matriculating within the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS). Recipients of these awards are acknowledged team players who demonstrate impeccable professional behavior in the classroom, clinic, and community. We strive to assist those who are excellent people who also have significant financial need.

Below is a listing of awards typically granted annually:

  • Tracy Dahl Family Scholarships (12)
  • Frank Hazelton Memorial Scholarships (2)
  • Louis and Dorothy Laubenthal Memorial Scholarships (5)
  • Marilyn M. McCoid Scholarships (4)
  • Norman & Ruth Goldman Scholarships (2)
  • Kincart Family Rural Physical Therapy Scholarships (2 awards)
  • Mary Lou Fairchild Scholarship (1)
  • Rock Valley Physical Therapy Scholarship (1)
  • Kepros Physical Therapy and Performance Scholarship (1)
  • Boldt Professional Service Scholarship (1)
  • Team Iowa Physical Therapy Award (2)
  • Alumni Scholarships (2)
  • Byron E. Bork Dedication to Education & Service Scholarship (1)
  • Judy Biderman Professionalism Scholarship (1)
  • David G. Gerleman Doctor of Physical Therapy Applied Engineering Scholarship (1)
  • Experiential Weekend Coverage Scholarships (12)
  • Community Engagement Scholarships (12)
  • Inter-professional Education Leadership Scholarships (6)
  • Reaffirmation Ceremony Leadership Scholarships (6)
  • Experiential Teaching Technology Scholarships (2)
  • Experiential Service Scholarship (1)
  • Citizenship Scholarships (4)
  • Professional Development Scholarships (44)

Tuition & Fees Per Semester (2023 Fee Schedule)

 Residency Status


 University Fees

Resident of Iowa



Non-resident of Iowa    



Total Cost (2023-2024 academic year):
$68,903   Resident of Iowa
$115,530 Nonresident of Iowa

Other Expenses

 Supply  Cost
Books ~$1,200-$1,550
Laptop Computer ~$1,900
Program Specific Fees $1,400
Criminal Background Check (through PTCAS) $77.75
Gross Anatomy Laboratory Users Fee $550
Neuroanatomy Laboratory User Fee $75


Health Insurance

Physical Therapy students are required to have health insurance.

Advance Payment

A $600 advance payment is required if admitted into the DPT Program. This fee is non refundable.

Financial Aid

Major sources of support for students include parental assistance, accumulated savings, the income of working spouses, part-time jobs, departmental financial aid, scholarships, and loans.

Each entering physical therapy student will be eligible for financial aid as determined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  The student must sustain a strong academic performance in order to qualify for these funds.  These resources are contingent upon approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa on an annual basis.

The department has scholarships to award annually.  The funds for these scholarships are through memorials and contributions to the department from alumni. 

Eligible students may receive Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Work-Study awards. Interest on the loans accrues at a comparatively low rate and the loans are repayable over an extended period of time after you complete your course of study.

Specific information about the application process for various forms of non-departmental financial aid may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid, 2400 University Capitol Centre, 319/335-1450,

Graduate Opportunity Assistance

The Graduate College provides counseling services to students from U.S. minority groups: American Indian or Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. For further information call or write the Graduate College, 205 Gilmore Hall, 319/335-2144.