Direct Costs

Fee First Year (18 Credits) Second Year (41 Credits) Third Year (17 Credits) Fourth Year (4 Credits)
Tuition $30,600 $69,700 $28,900 $6,800
General Service Fee $540 $810 $810 $270
Program Fee N/A $1,350 $1,350 N/A
Malpractice Insurance $60 $60 $60 $60
Total Direct Costs $31,200 $71,920 $31,120 $7,130

Tuition calculations are based on a per-credit rate of $1,700.

Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are included in the student's financial aid budget. These are not direct charges from the university, but allowances that are given to cover expenses that the student may have while attending school for months the student is enrolled each year of the program. Students are encouraged to carefully review their budgeted amounts and plan wisely to ensure all expenses are adequately covered.

Estimated Expenses First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
Living Costs (housing, food, utilities) $15,600 $23,400 $23,400 $7,800
Transportation/Travel Costs $3,200 $4,800 $4,800 $1,600
Personal/Miscellaneous Costs $2,800 $4,200 $4,200 $1,400
Board Exam N/A $1,250 N/A N/A
Clinical Rotation Costs N/A $3,000 $3,000 N/A

Indirect allowances are based on the following amounts per month, for the months enrolled:

  • Living Expenses: $1,950/month (housing, food, utilities)
  • Transportation: $400/month
  • Personal/Miscellaneous: $350/month
  • Clinical Rotation expenses: $250/month

Books, Supplies, and Equipment/Instruments

Doctor of Nursing Practice students may be required to purchase books and equipment/instruments for the program. An amount of $900 is budgeted for the first year of the program and $450 for subsequent years. Actual expenses may vary.


Students are responsible for certain program-related fees incurred throughout the program. Program administration attempt to be as transparent as possible regarding these fees but changes may arise. At the current time, the following fees with approximate amounts are to be paid out of student pocket to maintain good standing in the program:

  • Books: See Books, Supplies, and Equipment/Instruments above
  • Castlebranch (formerly Certified Background): Documentation is $171 at start of program. For immunizations, physical exams, CV, licenses, etc cost is $200 (up to 2 times in program during clinical)
  • Precordial/esophageal earpiece: $85 (end of second semester)
  • National Certification Exam fee (at end of program): $995
  • Cost of RN license if rotating to a state not associated with Maine (compact state designated by the state boards of nursing): could be anywhere from $100–$500 because fingerprinting in some states is expensive
  • Self Evaluation Exam: $250 paid by program for first time; students will pay for all subsequent exams.
  • Outside face-to-face review course: Valley is approximately $900. Other course fees may vary.

The D.N.P. program also has fees that are included as part of tuition and fees every semester. At the current time, the following fees with approximate amounts are paid by the program:

  • AANA Associate Member Fee (start of program): $200
  • Lab supplies (throughout the program): $1,500
  • BLS/ACLS/PALS Recertification course (at end of second semester): $250
  • Name badges (at end of second semester): $10
  • Lab coats (at end of second semester): $25
  • Medatrax case tracking fee (during clinical): $525
  • APEX review course: $395