Costs & Aid
The figures below are for the 2021-2022 academic year:
|Resident* tuition||Nonresident tuition|
|Annual cost of years 1-3||$27,864/year||$40,800/year|
|Cost of year 4 (summer, fall, and spring rotations)||$41,796||$61,200|
*Resident tuition is granted to residents of Minnesota, as defined by the University. View the Residency and Reciprocity section below for more details.
2020 grads had an average starting salary of $109,000 and graduated with an average of $198,000 in total student debt.
All US citizens and permanent residents may qualify for federally sponsored financial aid that covers the cost of attendance.
Fees and Other Expenses
Students are charged fees each term based on multiple factors such as full- or part-time enrollment, online & distance learning courses, international student services fees, graduate student fees, etc. To review individual fees and determine which apply to you, visit the Duluth OneStop or Twin Cities OneStop webpage.
The University prepares cost of attendance (COA) figures in order to calculate financial aid eligibility for students. If you do not receive financial aid, you may use these figures to estimate enrollment costs. Your specific tuition and fees charges will appear in your University student account in the My Finances tab of MyU a few weeks before the start of your classes (enrollment period). Actual costs for books & supplies, room & board, transportation, and personal expenses may differ depending on your personal spending choices.
Over $800,000 in scholarships to be awarded to incoming students!
As an applicant, you may be considered for the admissions scholarships, which total over $800,000. Many scholarships are awarded on a recurring basis through the four years of the PharmD program. Examples* of scholarships are:
- Dean's Nonresident Scholarships to cover the difference between resident and non-resident tuition
- Scholarships for applicants with plans to practice in rural areas or with medically underserved populations
- Scholarships for applicants with the potential to become leaders in the profession of pharmacy
- Scholarships for applicants with a strong record of community service
To be considered for our admissions scholarships, applicants must meet all scholarship deadlines. These deadlines can be found under our How to Apply page.
An additional $60,000 in one-time scholarships are awarded to current students each summer. Admitted students are also invited to apply for these scholarships in late April.
*Scholarships awarded each year are subject to change.
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Each University of Minnesota campus has additional scholarships. Most scholarships awarded through this process are for undergraduate students only, but there are some open to any degree-seeking student, and some PharmD students have received scholarships through this process in the past. Click on your campus for more information:
Other resources to find scholarships include the following:
Financial Aid (FAFSA)
Pharmacy students finance their education from a combination of sources, including personal or family funds, grants and scholarships, loans, and employment.
A student's total financial aid package will match the total estimated Cost of Attendance as shown on the Duluth and Twin Cities pages. This includes tuition & fees, books & supplies, room & board, transportation, and personal expenses. After January 1, students can access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal financial aid. Students may apply for financial aid before they are admitted to the College. Admitted students must send their FAFSA information to the campus of admission: Duluth: 002388 or Twin Cities: 003969.
Federal, state, and institutional loans and grants are administered by our financial aid office. For more information about types of financial aid available and the application process, contact the financial aid office and ask to speak with a health professions financial aid counselor:
Duluth (FAFSA code 002388):
Office of Financial Aid and Registrar
Twin Cities (FAFSA code 003969):
Office of Student Finance
Residency and Reciprocity
Since the University is a state institution, Minnesota residents pay lower tuition than nonresidents. Please review the downloadable Residency, Reciprocity and Tuition Exemption brochure for definitions and more information.
The University of Minnesota defines a resident as those who:
- Are permanently residing in Minnesota; and
- Have been continuously present in the state of Minnesota for at least one calendar year prior to the first day of class attendance at the University.
- During that one year period, the student must not have attended any other Minnesota post-secondary educational institutions.
The University has a reciprocity agreement with South Dakota and Wisconsin that allows residents of those states to pay Minnesota resident tuition rates. This is not automatic; South Dakota and Wisconsin residents must apply for reciprocity through the South Dakota Board of Regents or State of Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board. Please note that the reciprocity agreement with North Dakota applies only to undergraduate and certain graduate programs; pharmacy students from North Dakota do not qualify for reciprocity.
Many pharmacists are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. If you plan to work for a federal, state, or local government agency, entity, or organization, or a not-for-profit organization designated as tax-exempt by the IRS (such as a public hospital or clinic), you could be forgiven thousands of dollars in loans after working for ten years.
- Direct Loans (not Federal Family Education Loan or the Federal Perkins Loan)
- After graduation repay your loans monthly, on-time, scheduled, and in full on an income-driven repayment plan or 10-Year Standard Repayment Plan
- Work at least 30 hours per week for a total of ten years (does not need to be consecutive or at the same employer)
To maximize the benefit of this federal loan forgiveness program, it is recommended to consult with the university financial aid officer and a financial planner.
Pharmacists who serve in a designated rural area in Minnesota for a minimum of three years after graduation are eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Minnesota Department of Health. Those eligible may receive up to $24,000 per year of service, up to $96,000 maximum over four years.