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Example – Doctor of Optometry (OD)

2024/2025

 

  • All budgets are estimated costs and subject to change
  • The budget is for the student and educational expenses during the period of enrollment only.
Tuition & Fees First Year
12 Months
Second Year
12 Months
Third Year
10 Months
Fourth Year
12 Months
Tuition 46,860 46,860 46,860 46,860
Student Body Fees 40 40 40 20
Graduation Fees N/A N/A N/A 350
SEP/First Year Optometry Kit (cost is subject to change) 3,350 N/A N/A N/A
AOSA Membership Fee 55 55 55 55
Top Hat 27 27 27 N/A
Vital Source (cost is subject to change) 1,700 450 450 450
Livescan Finger Printing 105 N/A N/A N/A
N95 Respiratory Fit Testing N/A N/A 40 N/A
CPR N/A 70 N/A N/A
Student Health Record fee 43 N/A N/A N/A
Budget Items/Estimated Costs First Year
12 Months
Second Year
12 Months
Third Year
10 Months
Fourth Year
12 Months
Living Expenses (room + food) 23,216 23,216 19,536 23,216
Misc. Personal Expenses 7,469 7,469 6,226 7,469
Diagnostic Kit (1st year) 1,470 N/A N/A N/A
Lenses & Foreign Body Removal Kit (2nd year) N/A 3,019 N/A N/A
BIO Optometry Kit (2nd year) N/A 2,725 N/A N/A
Transportation 6,643 6,643 5,303 9,763
NBEO Boards – Part I (year 3) – Part II (year 4) N/A N/A 1,445 1,445
NBEO Boards Part III (year 4) N/A N/A N/A 1,445
Vision Therapy Equipment (2nd yr only) N/A 75 N/A N/A
Required Course Materials for 8161: Optometry Review II Course N/A N/A 1,975 N/A
Loan Fees First Year
12 Months
Second Year
12 Months
Third Year
10 Months
Fourth Year
12 Months
Direct Unsubsidized Loan Fees 499 499 452 499
Grad PLUS Loan Fees 1,873 1,860 1,678 1,877
Total Estimated Budget (subject to change) 93,350 93,008 84,087 93,449

 

  • The average indebtedness for the WesternU Doctor of Optometry program for the last 4 years:
    2019 Graduates $235,243
    2020 Graduates $237,307
    2021 Graduates $242,781
    2022 Graduates $240,209

    This was based on graduates that had WesternU debt.

  • The Optometry program has two disbursements per academic year. One in the fall before school starts and one in the spring.

    To see a sample of what your loan repayment schedule may look like, please visit the Federal Student Aid Repayment Estimator Calculator.

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