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Athletic Training Costs and Financial Aid

Expenses

Western Carolina is recognized as one of the best buys among state schools. Tuition and other fees are explained through the registrar’s and financial aid offices.

During the Freshmen through Senior years, Majors must bear additional expenses beyond those required for all Western Carolina University students. Students must become student members of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, purchase uniforms, purchase equipment and supplies needed for clinical practice, purchase professional liability insurance, receive additional vaccinations, and (in some cases) purchase textbooks. Additionally, students complete off-campus clinical education experiences throughout the program and are expected to furnish their own transportation to and from off-campus clinical education sites, housing, and food costs. 

These estimated annual expenses are: NATA membership, $100; travel expenses, $1000; uniforms, $200; clinical equipment, $100; additional vaccines, $50; liability insurance, $30; books, $200; Criminal Background Checks, $50.  Students are also responsible for the costs of any additional required criminal background checks or drug screenings as required by the College of Health & Human Sciences, the School of Health Sciences or the student's clinical education site. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Loans, scholarships, and other financial aid may be available to qualify students in the specific health disciplines. Awards are made on the basis of need, academic promise, and personal qualifications. For complete information, contact the WCU Financial Aid Office.

Additional scholarships are available through professional organizations related to athletic training, including the National Athletic Trainers' Association, The Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association, the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association, and several Western North Carolina Sports Medicine Facilities.

Scholarship Links & Documents
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