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Expenses and Financial Aid

Tuition for 2018-2019 in the optometry program is $31,889 for in-state and $36,125 for out-of-state students. Tuition for students in years 1,2, and 3 of the extended program is $25,570 for in-state and $28,945 for out-of-state students and for years 4 and 5 tuition is $30,802 for in-state and $34,605 for out-of-state students. At Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry students should anticipate spending approximately $5,250 during the first year for textbooks, technology and supplies, $3,450 for the second year, $1,551 for the third year, and $576 for the fourth year. Expenses are approximately $22,548 for off-campus living for a twelve month academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees.

Students who do not own a computer an iPad with the specified configuration will be required to purchase one.

The financial ability of applicants to complete their training at the College of Optometry is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing four years of professional education. This must include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. The primary financial responsibility for each student's education rests with the student. However, economic circumstances often may make it necessary for the student to obtain financial assistance from other sources.

The purpose of the Student Financial Aid Program at Nova Southeastern University is to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their health professions education. A variety of loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students to help ease the high cost of a health professions education. These financial assistance programs are described in a separate Nova Southeastern University publication: The NSU Guide to Student Financial Assistance. For a copy or further information, contact:

Enrollment Student Services
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314-7796
(954) 262-3380

There are a limited number of part-time work assignments available. However, the demands of a program of professional study limit the number of hours a student can work during each semester.

For further assistance regarding financial aid call the Office of Enrollment Student Services at:

Telephone (954) 262-3380
Toll Free (800) 806-3680
Fax (954) 262-3966


Health Insurance

All students enrolled in the Optometry (O.D.) program are required to carry adequate health insurance coverage and will automatically be enrolled in the NSU Student Health Insurance plan. Students’ accounts will be charged upon class registration for each semester.
If you are insured under another insurance plan, you must opt out of the NSU Student Health Insurance Plan by the given waiver deadline. For more information, visit the NSU Student Insurance page.  
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