Tuition, Equipment and Books
Tuition

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 2012-2013 academic year averages $25,725 for residents and $38,587.50 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

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, here are the 2012-2013 estimated expenses for the Michigan College of Optometry.  (Note:  all figures are approximations.)

First Professional Year

Cost

Equipment

$2,261.10

Texts

$1,386.85

TOTAL

$3,647.95

Second Professional Year

Cost

Equipment / Other

$3,115.95

Texts

$1,281.25

TOTAL

$4,397.20

Third Professional Year

Cost

Equipment

$   561.35

Texts

$1,088.85

National BoardsPart I (Required to take for Graduation)

$   625.00

TOTAL

$2,275.20

Fourth Professional Year

Cost

Other Requirement

$ 9.00

Licensure Application Fee $170.00

National Boards Part II & III (Required for Graduation)

$ 1,250.00

DPA Cert. Application Fee $75.00
TPA Cert Appliocation Fee $75.00
Control Substance Application Fee

$85.00

TOTAL

$ 1,664.00

There will be traveling expenses to the off-campus clinics. Housing and meal expenses may be higher than equivalent campus expenses.