Tuition and Financial Assistance

Tuition and Fees

PT 1 and 2 Expenses
Expense Category Actual
PT1 Fall 2019-Spring 2020
PT2 Summer 2020-Fall 2020



Fees (Equipment, Student Services, Fitness, IT) $1,258 $1,156
Health Insurance















PT3 and 4 Expenses
Expense Category Projected
PT3 Spring 2021-Summer 2021
PT4 Fall 2021-Spring 2022



Fees (Equipment, Student Services, Fitness, IT) $1,156 $578
Health Insurance






TOTAL $36,006 $19,478








Financial Assistance

Office of Financial Assistance

Students attending the University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Assistance webpage to find various types of financial assistance. This site also contains information about submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Due to the rigorous nature of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, outside employment is not encouraged. A limited number of student employment positions may be offered based on available funding. These positions are usually 5 to 10 hours per week. The hourly wage varies depending on the duties. A call for applications will occur as vacancies occur.

Positions may include:

  • Peer Tutor
    Peer Tutors are upper-level students within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program who tutor fellow students and assist with their academic success.
  • Office Assistant
    The Office Assistant assists with clerical duties within the School of Physical Therapy Dean's office.
  • Ambassadors
    Provide campus tours and assists with recruitment initiatives.

UIW SoPT Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships funded through the School of Physical Therapy are available on an annual basis to current and incoming students. Only matriculated students will be considered for scholarships.

Below is a list of scholarships available to students of physical therapy. This is not an exhaustive list but is provided as a starting point for your search.

Internal Scholarship List

The UIW SoPT offers a $10,000 Dean’s Scholarship. This scholarship is given to students that display an excellent academic record and score well in their interviews. Selected students may have the opportunity to renew their scholarships if they remain in the top 20% of their cohort.

*This scholarship is awarded by our Dean. There is no application for this scholarship.

The School of Physical Therapy is a recipient of a $3.2 million grant from the Human Resources and Health Administration (HRSA) Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program.

The SDS Program increases diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce by providing awards to schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, public health, chiropractic, allied health, graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice, and physician assistant programs, to provide eligible health profession schools for scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. The SDS Program aims to enroll and retain full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. The program also exposes students to primary care and placements in Medically Underserved Communities (MUCs).

This program promotes diversity among the health professions by providing awards to eligible health professions and nursing schools, for schools to provide scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a demonstrated financial need and are enrolled full-time in a health profession program or nursing program. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the allowable costs (i.e., tuition, reasonable educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses with a cap for the total scholarship award of $40,000).

This scholarship is named in memory of Erin Michelle Cumbest, DPT. Erin was a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy Class of 2019. Erin passed away on September 12, 2019. Erin was an exceptional student and an accomplished athlete, participating in soccer with West Texas Heat and Dallas Texans club teams and high school and college. She exemplified the mission of the university and school through her actions and service to others.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Be an entering first-year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of the Incarnate Word.
  2. Convey a heart for service in the community.
  3. Demonstrate financial need as verified through the UIW Office of Financial Assistance.
  4. Demonstrate a history of athletic achievement (preferred, not required).

Scholarship Process:

The applicant must submit a completed scholarship application which includes an essay on why the student chose physical therapy as a profession (500-word limit). The student must remain in good standing to receive the scholarship funds. This scholarship is non-refundable.

Application Deadline:

June 1 of each current year

*Incoming Students- Please contact the Office of Academic Success and Student Affairs for an application at

External Scholarship List

The APTA Geriatrics Outstanding PT & PTA Student awards seek to recognize a student physical therapist (SPT) and student physical therapist assistant (SPTA) with the exceptional scholastic ability and potential for contribution to geriatric physical therapy. The purpose of the award is to provide the means for one exceptional student PT and one exceptional student PTA to attend and participate in the annual CSM meeting with the intention that this exposure will encourage future involvement in APTA Geriatrics activities. The awards also aim to promote APTA Geriatrics and encourage active student and new graduate participation in the Academy. The award includes compensation for one conference registration and up to $250 for conference travel expense reimbursement (if applicable). Applications are available at the American Physical Therapy Association Geriatrics site.

This award is open to physical and occupational therapy students pursuing a doctoral degree. FAFSA information and a personal statement are required to apply. You do not have to be affiliated with an AMBUCS chapter to qualify for this scholarship. Award amounts range from $500-$1,500. Applications are available at the AMBUCS Scholarship Program site.

For more than 130 years, AAUW has funded countless women's educations so they could follow their dreams. From astronauts to zoologists, the recipients of AAUW's fellowships, grants and awards represent nearly every imaginable field of endeavor. Applications are available on the American Association of University Women Scholarship site.

Funded by the Physical Therapy Fund, this award is open to minority PT students who are APTA members. The amount varies, and multiple awards are given each year to deserving students. Applications are available at the American Physical Therapy Association site.

To identify a student physical therapist and student physical therapist assistant member with exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to APTA, the Student Assembly, and the physical therapy profession. The outstanding student physical therapist will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Applications are available at the American Physical Therapy Association site.

BCMS Alliance's Allied Health Scholarships give thousands of dollars to well-deserving Bexar County college students pursuing careers in an Allied Health field (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, etc.). Professors select potential scholarship recipients at local colleges. Applications are available at the Bexar County Medical Society site.

The $1,000 annual Brightlife Direct Scholarship is open to PT and PTA students. To qualify, you must be a full-time student who has completed at least one year of PT education. Also required is a letter of recommendation and a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Applications are available at the Brightlife Direct site.

The Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship, for $2,000, is awarded to two students who are in financial need and have been accepted or are attending an accredited school of occupational therapy (including art, music or physical therapy). Applications are available on the Daughters of the American Revolution site.

The award intends to recognize a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student who exhibits a vision for the future in the profession of physical therapy. The student should demonstrate the following: Evidence of potential and continuing contribution to Physical Therapy advancement  2. Evidence of involvement in one or more of the following areas: research, education, clinical practice or other scholarly activities related to physical therapy 3. Represents the profession of physical therapy appropriately in the community 4. The student MUST be in the final year in a professional (Entry-level) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Applications are available at the DPT Visionary Foundation site.

Since 1976 IOKDS awards annual Health Career Scholarships for students studying at a U.S. or Canadian accredited college/university. We believe that contributing to compassionate healthcare workers' education helps fulfill our IOKDS mission of caring for all God's children of all ages and circumstances through service in His Name. Applications are available at the International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons site.

Each year, the HIE Help Center awards $1,000 to a student pursuing a physical or occupational therapy career. This is open to graduate-level students and can be awarded to someone currently in a PT program or planning to enroll in one. Applicants must submit an essay detailing what drew them to the field. Applications are available at the HIE Help Center site.

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) was designed to assist Hispanic American students to complete their college education. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are made on a competitive basis to two-year and four-year college students and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. Eligibility criteria include: be of Hispanic heritage, U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, enrolled in an accredited college/university as a full-time student. Selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, letters of recommendation and personal statement. Applications are available online at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund site.

Created by the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Health Professions Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time in an eligible health professional degree program, including physical therapy. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, be members of a federally recognized tribe or village, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and sign a minimum two-year service commitment to be practicing at an Indian health facility. Applications are available at the Indian Health Service site.

If you are planning to become a strength and conditioning coach, consider applying for this scholarship. As the requirements outline, this award has "the specific purpose of providing tuition assistance to students planning careers as strength coaches and majoring in a related field." Physical therapy does qualify as a related field per NSCA guidelines. The amount awarded is $2,000. Applications are available at the NSCA Scholarship site.

For students within 12 months of completing all requirements for graduation. The $5,000 award intends to recognize those students who exhibit the superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Applications are available at the American Physical Therapy Association site.

The Tillman Scholar program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria: Veteran and active-duty military service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard who have served in both pre-and-post-9/11 eras. Current Spouses of veteran or active service members, including surviving spouses. Our scholars have a proven track record of dedication and perseverance. They believe their best years of service are still ahead of them. Tillman Scholars are committed to strengthening communities at home and around the world. Applications are available at the Pat Tillman Foundation site.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to recognize outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions. The selected student will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Applications are available at the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions site.

Any PT or PTA student in his/her final year of training is eligible to apply. GPA, leadership, community engagement and financial need will be considered. Applications are available at the American Academy of Physical Therapy site.

SADA will award thirty-five individual scholarships for $2,000 each. For an applicant to be considered for a scholarship, they must be an employee, dependent of an employee or a spouse of an employee currently working for a dealership who is a member in good standing with SADA. Executive-level staff members (GSM's and above) and/or their dependents are not eligible. This application must be completed in detail. The applicant must enroll as a full-time student (minimum 12 hours) in undergraduate or graduate studies and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applications are available at the San Antonio Auto Dealers site.

The Foundation offers scholarships to students who are surviving spouse or child of a fallen active duty service member or fallen veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. Applications are available at the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship site.