Program Costs

UD Tuition

The UD Department of Physical Therapy tuition rate for the 2021-22 academic year is $1,250/credit hour.

Tuition Credit

Due to a College of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, the student tuition rate is lower than the published UD graduate tuition rate. The final student tuition rate for this program is $1051. Please contact the department for more information. 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Academic: All students meeting the criteria for admission will be considered for a scholarship package as funds remain available. Eligibility for scholarship funding during the early phase of the admissions cycle is more likely than the later phase. Awards are based upon the undergraduate cumulative GPA, science prerequisite GPA, verbal GRE, quantitative GRE, letters of recommendation, quality of essays, and interview score. Apply early to secure a scholarship, as these awards are contingent upon the availability of funding.
  • Delaware Resident: In-state tuition scholarships typically average $50,000, yet are only guaranteed while funding is available. Residents of Delaware are advised to apply early to secure a scholarship.
  • Diversity: UDPT is highly invested in creating a talented and diverse cohort of students. Diversity scholarships will be awarded throughout the admissions cycle, though higher scholarship packages may be awarded during earlier interview rounds. Typically, these packages are a minimum of $50,000.

For more information about scholarships, please contact

Financial Aid

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.

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.

Below is a range of estimated monthly living costs in and around the Newark, DE area.

Expense Type

 Minimum   Average   Maximum 
Rent:  $         300  $         500  $         700
Internet/WiFi:  $         100  $         100  $         100
Electric:  $           60  $           80  $         100
Gas (vehicle):  $           60  $           70  $           80
Food/Groceries/Toiletries:  $         300  $         400  $         500
Est. Monthly Total:
 $         820  $      1,150  $      1,480