The majority of chiropractic schools in the United States are private institutions, and therefore do not have the advantage of state funding or financial support. According to U.S. News and World Report, a typical chiropractic education can cost more than $100,000. A 1999 study by Florida State University cited Cleveland Chiropractic College (Los Angeles Campus) as having the highest overall tuition of the chiropractic schools at $59,940. The lowest tuition was found at Parker College at $45,900. Today, the full tuition at Cleveland Chiropractic College’s Los Angeles campus is $95,160.00. At Parker College of Chiropractic, the tuition is now $9,170 per trimester, and includes up to 10 trimesters. For the current 2010-2011 school year, according to each college’s website, program tuition ranges between $95,533 at Life University to $79,210 Logan College of Chiropractic. Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City is $88,775 for either of the 10 or 12 trimester program.
In addition to tuition costs, most chiropractic schools charge subsequent fees for additional educational resources. These might include lab fees, activity fees, insurance for hospital or clinic work, and technology fees.
Moreover, because you may need to relocate in order to attend the chiropractic school of your choice, you will also have to consider housing costs. Some schools offer on-campus housing, and many offer nearby apartments with a large student population. You should consider these costs prior to choosing the best chiropractic school for your needs. There are also some fees involved in taking chiropractic examinations and applying for your state license.
There are several options available to defray the cost of a chiropractic education. Students may apply for student aid, which is available on most chiropractic school campuses. Some financial aid options include student loans, tuition-assistance programs, and work-study programs. In addition, some chiropractic colleges offer benefits for veterans.
Earning a scholarship is another means of offsetting the cost of chiropractic school. There are a wide variety of merit-based scholarships available at most chiropractic schools. Scholarships are also available to encourage specific student demographics to enter into the chiropractic profession, e.g., scholarships for women. You should research the financial aid options available at different schools, and determine which programs you can utilize to lower your costs.