Tuition costs vary from school to school and tend to increase annually. As a general rule, private schools tend to cost more than public institutions, and out-of-state tuition is typically higher than in-state at the public institutions. The tuition at the Michigan College of Optometry for the 2015-2016 academic year averages $27,169 for residents and $40,775 per year for non-residents. The Doctor of Optometry degree curriculum is 4 years or 10 semesters in length. (Please read the residency regulations for tuition purposes.) Most optometry students receive some form of financial aid, typically as government subsidized loans. Contact the University's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for details at (231) 591-2110.
Books and equipment are two significant expenses that cannot be overlooked. They are also important investments. The books bought will create a personal reference library, and the equipment purchased will be in service both as a student and for years to come. Because the equipment items are so important, they need to be included in the overall budget, just like tuition.
To provide a rough estimate, attached is the expense sheet for 2015-2016 for the Michigan College of Optometry. (Note: all figures are approximations and have been rounded to the nearest dollar.)
There will be traveling expenses to the off-campus clinics. Housing and meal expenses may be higher than equivalent campus expenses.