A project by an NCOPE Resident has provided prospective students with a helpful resource to help make more informed decisions about their O&P education.

The first helpful resource compares costs of the different Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) programs, offered by 12 different institutions, factoring things such as in-and-out-of-state tuition, program length, and estimated monthly cost of living. Tampa’s relatively low cost of living is attractive, and it is safe to say that how much an individual spends in a month is highly variable. The key, however is that IIOP does not charge more for out-of-state students versus in-state, and has one of the shortest program lengths overall. These factors play a role in making IIOP one of the most cost effective out-of-state choices. This undoubtedly is a draw for candidates outside the state of Florida, or maybe its the beautiful beaches and coastlines. You can see more of what Tampa Bay offers at VisitTampaBay.com We hope the rankings demonstrate the International Institutes ¬†commitment to high standards of academic excellence, dedication to inclusion, affordability, accessibility and student success and provides transparency of the tuition and fees.

The O&P Edge recently published a feature of Masters programs in their May 2021 Issue. It dissected the entry requirements and tuition differences between the programs. (VIEW)

Schools ranked by total estimated costCosts updated June, 2021
SchoolLength of program (months)Total Tuition and FeesMonthly Estimated Cost of Living*Total Estimated Cost of Living Total Estimated Cost/LoanEstimated Monthly Payment for 10 years**Total amount paid over 10 year loan periodLinks
UT Southwestern (in-state)^^^19$25,848.00$2,016.00$38,304.00$64,152.00$744.86$89,383.09https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/about-us/administrative-offices/financial-aid/cost-of-attendance/health-professions/
Concordia St. Paul^22$18,540.00$2,156.70$47,447.40$65,987.40$766.17$91,940.36https://www.csp.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/graduate-tuition-aid/
Alabama State (in-state)22$33,357.00$2,051.00$45,122.00$78,479.00$911.21$109,344.93https://www.alasu.edu/cost-aid/tuition-costs/student-accounts/tuition-and-fees
International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics/Florida International University^^16$51,993.00$2,107.00$33,712.00$85,705.00$995.11$119,412.93https://iiofoandp.org/cost/
UT Southwestern (out-of-state)^^^19$51,163.00$2,016.00$38,304.00$89,467.00$1,038.79$124,654.53https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/about-us/administrative-offices/financial-aid/cost-of-attendance/health-professions/
Eastern Michigan (in-state)22$51,985.00$2,304.40$50,696.80$102,681.80$1,192.22$143,066.73https://www.emich.edu/sbs/basics/calculator.php
Alabama State (out-of-state)22$60,549.00$2,051.00$45,122.00$105,671.00$1,226.93$147,231.59https://www.alasu.edu/cost-aid/tuition-costs/student-accounts/tuition-and-fees
Concordia St. Paul + Century College dual enrollment^
University of Washington (in-state)++22$42,701.90$2,541.00$55,902.00$98,603.90 $1,144.87 $137,384.99 http://rehab.washington.edu/education/degree/po/financial.asp
Pittsburgh (in-state)22$71,376.00$1,927.80$42,411.60$115,763.60$1,344.11$161,293.63https://ir.pitt.edu/graduate-tuition/
University of Washington (out-of-state)++22$70,860.80 $2,541.00$55,902.00$126,762.80 $1,471.82 $176,618.83 http://rehab.washington.edu/education/degree/po/financial.asp
Pittsburgh (out-of-state)22$81,971.00$1,927.80$42,411.60$141,165.60$1,639.05$196,686.28https://ir.pitt.edu/graduate-tuition/
California State22$62,660.00$2,891.00$63,602.00$126,262.00$1,466.01$175,921.07https://www.csudh.edu/health-sciences/oandp/msop-option/registration/
Eastern Michigan (out-of-state)22$90,565.00$2,304.40$50,696.80$141,261.80$1,640.17$196,820.31https://www.emich.edu/sbs/basics/calculator.php
Loma Linda30$105,789.00$2,156.00$64,680.00$170,469.00$1,977.08$237,514.76https://home.llu.edu/programs/orthotics-and-prosthetics-entry-levelprior-bs-msop
* Estimated cost of living comes from the Economic Policy Institute website (https://www.epi.org/resources/budget/) based on the city or county the school is located in. Because students often live more frugally than the average person, the monthly cost has been reduced by 30%. The total estimated cost is then calculated by multiplying the monthly cost by the length of the program.
** Estimated monthly payment based on 7% interest rate (current Federal Loans are between 6.6% - 7.6%) for standard 10 year repayment.
-++ University of Washington tution is difficult to verify online and may be innacurate.
^ In order to qualify for the Concordia program, you must complete about 70 credit hours worth of prerequisite coursework at Century College. This adds at least one year to the timeline as well as the additional tuition (see CSP + Century College dual enrollment option).
^^ There is no federal Title IV financial aid available for students enrolled in the FIU/IIOP program. Students needing financial assistance may apply for a private alternative loan. Student loans will not be provided by financial institutions.
^^^ UT Southwestern's 2022 tuition and fees are estimated on their website as $22,000 in-state and $47,000 non-resident
^^^^NUPOC's cost of living estimate does not include living expenses during the online portion.

This information was gathered from the institution’s websites in 2019 and updated in 2020. Tuition and fees are subject to change, please visit each school’s website for the most recent total tuition and fees associated with their programs.

You can access the Resident’s original findings and presentation from 2019 here.