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Tuition and Financial Aid

A Mayo Clinic surgical first assistant in the OR

Cost of attendance

Estimated first-year student expenses (12 months) for the 2024-2025 calendar year (Jan. 6, 2025-Dec. 12, 2025) of the Surgical First Assistant Program:

Direct expenses (paid to Mayo Clinic)
Items Semesters 1-2 costs Semesters 3-4 costs^ Semesters 1-4 total costs
Tuition* $10,080 $8,960 $19,040
Program fee* $500 $0 $500
Technology fee* $225 $0 $225
Estimated Mayo Clinic Scholarship -$10,805 -$8,960 -$19,765
Total estimated cost for direct expenses $0 $0 $0
Indirect expenses (not paid to Mayo Clinic)
Items Semesters 1-2 costs Semesters 3-4 costs^ Semesters 1-4 total costs
Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment $285 $0 $285
Membership dues $70 $0 $70
National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Exam $0 $490 $490
Housing and food ($2,020/month) $12,120 $11,110 $23,230
Home internet ($55/month, plus $50 one-time install fee) $380 $353 $733
Personal and miscellaneous ($530/month) $3,390 $2,915 $6,305
Transportation ($319/month) $2,100 $1,755 $3,855
Federal student loan fee (average) $62 $62 $124
Total estimated cost for indirect expenses $18,407 $16,685^ $35,092
Total net cost of attendance
Total estimated single student budget (direct + indirect expenses) $35,092

*Note: Tuition and fees are the only budget items directly billed and are paid automatically by Mayo Clinic Scholarship. Students should adjust remaining budget items accordingly to align with individual household budget needs.

^Note: Budget items and amounts are subject to change on or after July 1, 2024.

Budget information

Estimated budget information is provided to allow you to completely prepare for your education. The estimated budget is the estimated cost of education-related expenses.

  • Personal and miscellaneous expenses include clothing, laundry and cleaning, personal hygiene and grooming, recreation, renter's insurance, student health insurance, and disability insurance.
  • Transportation expenses include gas, oil, maintenance, and insurance. 
  • Federal student loan fee is the average amount based on prior year borrowers and are a percentage of the total loan amount.
  • Dependent care and other expenses may be added to the budget on a case-by-case basis with supporting documentation. Contact Mayo Clinic's Financial Aid Office for further information.

Withdrawal and tuition refund

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the program may be eligible to receive a refund of tuition depending upon the date of withdrawal. See the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science withdrawal and tuition refund policy.

Financial aid

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers financial incentives for students to participate in many of its health sciences training programs. Scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans may be available for those who demonstrate financial need.

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Registrar can provide more details about financial aid or incentives.