Cost & Aid

Estimated cost of attendance (Doctor of Optometry)

First year
ExpensesResidentNonresident
Tuition and fees$31,024$43,560
Books and clinic equipment$5,932$5,932
Living allowance$20,942$20,942
TOTAL$57,898$70,434
Summer after first year
ExpensesResidentNonresident
Mandatory fees/lab fees$804$804
Living allowance$7675$7675
Total$8479$8479
Second year
ExpensesResidentNonresident
Tuition and fees$30,164$42,700
Books and clinic equipment$3,516$3,516
Living allowance$20,942$20,942
TOTAL$54,622$67,158
Summer after second—Intro to Clinic
ExpensesResidentNonresident
Mandatory fees/lab fees$445$445
Living Allowance$7,675$7,675
TOTAL$8,120$8,120
Third year
ExpensesResidentNonresident
Tuition and fees$30,044$42,580
Books and clinic equipment$1,780$1,780
Living allowance$20,942$20,942
TOTAL$52,766$65,302
Fourth year (Summer)
ExpensesResidentNonresident
Tuition and fees$7,549$10,683
Living allowance$7,675$7,675
TOTAL$15,224$18,385
Fourth year (Fall/Spring)
ExpensesResidentNonresident
Tuition and fees$21,208$30,610
Books and clinic equipment$3,260$3,260
Living allowance$20,942$20,942
TOTAL$45,410$54,812

Apply for financial aid

The first step in applying for financial aid is to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you complete your FAFSA, request that the information be sent to IU Bloomington at school code 001809.

By filing your FAFSA, you will be applying for most of the financial aid options below, including loans, grants, work-study, and even some scholarships.

Submit your FAFSA

Dean’s Academic Scholar Fellowship and the Faculty Fellowship

Incoming students are automatically considered for two merit-based scholarships: the Dean’s Academic Scholar Fellowship and the Faculty Fellowship.

The Dean’s Academic Merit Scholar Program is offered to the top 10 percent of the incoming Doctor of Optometry class.

  • Indiana residents receive $3,500 to $6,500 each year.
  • Nonresidents receive $9,500 to $15,000 each year.

To be eligible for the Dean’s Academic Merit Scholar Program, you must have:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.8 or higher
  • The top 10% of applicants will be considered

You will be automatically considered after admission, whether or not you have paid your deposit. The scholarship is renewable for all four years, depending on maintaining a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

The Faculty Fellowship Merit Scholar Program is offered to the top 20 percent of the incoming class.

  • Indiana residents receive $1,500 to $2,500 each year.
  • Nonresidents receive $3,500 to $8,500 each year.

To be eligible for the Faculty Fellowship Merit Scholar Program, you must have:

  • Undergraduate GPA or 3.6 or higher
  • The top 20% of the incoming class will be considered

You will be automatically considered after admission, whether or not you have paid your deposit. The scholarship is renewable for all four years, depending on maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Once matriculated, students are eligible for dozens of scholarships and other awards, including cash, plaques, equipment, expense-paid trips, and more. Current optometry students are notified of these opportunities as they arise by the Awards and Honors Committee.

Student loan options

There are three major student loan programs that can help with your cost of attendance.

  • You can apply for a Federal Direct Loan (also known as a Stafford Loan) regardless of your financial need or credit history.
  • You can borrow up to your estimated cost of attendance, minus any other financial aid you receive, with a Graduate PLUS Loan.
  • You can be considered for a Health Professions Loan simply by providing parent data on your FAFSA. Health Professions Loans are need-based, competitive loans available to students pursuing degrees in optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, or medicine.

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Contact the Office of Student Administration

For Doctor of Optometry program admission questions or to schedule an advising appointment, please contact:

Office of Student Administration
Indiana University School of Optometry
800 E. Atwater Avenue
Second Floor
Bloomington, IN 47405