Costs, Budgeting & Scholarships

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The estimated costs for the Paramedic Program are detailed below. At our free Student Information Session, we review these costs, as well as available funding resources, payment disbursement dates, cost-saving ideas, and more. Please consider attending one of these sessions prior to completing your application.

These are the typical program fees and materials costs. Tuition is due before or at the beginning of the program:

Entrance Exam Fee
Application fee
Due on submission. No cost to begin an application.
Standard format:
Part-Time/Hybrid format:

$10,500 $16,000
A $950 non-refundable deposit is due 2 weeks after acceptance, included in above tuition. Balance of tuition due by the beginning of the program, unless a Payment Plan is established.
Must be purchased before the program begins.
Clinical equipment
Stethoscope and goggles, ranging in price from $25-$200 and $10-$60, respectively. Must be purchased before the program begins.
Uniform top & trousers
Optional fee for parking at the Paramedic school.
College Credit fee
Optional. Payable to West L.A. College.


These are the typical certification costs, due near the end of the program:


National Registry Practical Exam
National Registry written exam application fee
Los Angeles County Accreditation
State of California Paramedic Licensing Fee
Live Scan fee
Estimated fee per Live Scan report.


(If you are not currently certified as a California EMT, which is required for attendance, you will have an additional certification cost of about $180.)

The total estimated cost for the traditional program format is about $11,900; or $17,900 for the Part-Time/Hybrid format.

Payment Plan

If you are accepted to the Program, you have the option to pay your tuition in full or use our payment plan option. All tuition figures below include the non-refundable deposit of $950. The payment plan also bundles costs for textbooks, lab fees, ID card, and graduation pin, and includes an administrative fee.

Traditional Program Tuition

  • Pre-paid tuition: $10,500
  • Payment plan option: $10,680

To enroll in the payment plan for the traditional-format program you make a down payment to secure your seat in lieu of full tuition payment. The remaining balance may be paid in 4 installments during the program. Paramedic students have the option of bundling required course fees and optional course fees into their payment plan.

To enroll in the Paramedic payment plan you must meet with our Records & Registration Manager, Darlene Karim. Please contact Darlene Karim at 310-312-9304 or for more information and to schedule a payment plan appointment.

For Veterans (GI Bill®)

Our traditional Paramedic course is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow eligible veterans to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, and others. Our Part-time/Hybrid Paramedic Program is not approved for the GI Bill at this time.

You served our country, now let us help you!  Learn more about we offer you by visiting our Veterans' section.

Robert E. Davis Memorial Scholarship (Paramedic Testing & Licensure Fees)

A benefactor has made funding available through the Robert E. Davis Memorial Scholarship to help support testing and licensure fees (in the amount of $420) for private students in the UCLA Paramedic Program. This scholarship honors the memory of Robert E. Davis and his devotion to serving his country, his family, and his community by supporting private paramedic students at a time in the program when they may need it the most. Please see the Robert E. Davis Scholarship page for details.

Marshall T. Morgan, MD Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of longtime UCLA emergency physician Marshall T. Morgan, this program provides two Paramedic scholarships annually. For the paramedic program, the scholarship will award up to $3000 toward course fees and materials. Application information will be sent to those who are eligible after acceptance into the UCLA Paramedic Program. Please see the Marshall Morgan Scholarship page for details.

Tom W. Olofson Scholarship

Tom W. Olofson was a successful business executive, attorney-investor, and philanthropist. Mr. Olofson took delight during his life in supporting a variety of philanthropic efforts, and in his memory, his family has established the first scholarship to award full course fees for the UCLA Paramedic program. In addition to the full course fee scholarship, the Tom W. Olofson Scholarship will award a second student up to $2,000 toward course fees. The inaugural Tom W. Olofson Scholarship was awarded to an incoming student in our January 2019 course. For more information and to apply, please visit the Tom W. Olofson Scholarship page.

Derrick Schiller Memorial Scholarship

Derrick Schiller graduated from the UCLA Paramedic Program in January 2017 and tragically died later that year. In his memory, Derrick's family has established the Derrick Schiller Memorial Scholarship to support Paramedic students who, like Derrick, come from the families of firefighters or paramedics. For more information, please visit the Derrick Schiller Memorial Scholarship page.

Mitch Sekine Memorial Scholarship

Michihito “Mitch” Sekine was a graduate of the September 2005 UCLA-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Education Program who was tragically killed on August 3, 2007, as a result of a fatal traffic collision.  To honor Mitch’s memory, his family and friends established The Mitch Sekine Memorial Scholarship to help support the education of future paramedic students at the UCLA-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program, Mitch’s beloved alma mater.

One student in each of our paramedic course will be awarded a $2,000 tuition scholarship.

Only accepted private (non-fire department sponsored) students in each class are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The scholarship application and details are given out to students at the time each class is accepted.  Students must have a demonstrated financial need and meet the selection criteria as established by the Selection Committee.

Students with questions about the scholarship can contact the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, at

For questions about the scholarship fund, donations, and/or to be added to the contact list for future events, please contact the Mitch Sekine Memorial Fund Committee at

If you know someone that is interested in donating (donations are tax deductible) please click here for more information.

Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship

Ryan Michael Sorek was a passionate and dedicated paramedic who saved many lives during his brief time on earth.

After graduating from the UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic program in 2002, Ryan worked as a paramedic in California while staying current on all of the latest procedures and protocols.  He later accepted a position as a paramedic with Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota, where he moved in 2005 to start a family.

On the morning of March 9, 2007, Ryan was found unresponsive in his home where he returned after a particularly stressful and late shift.  Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and it was later determined that the cause of Ryan's death was lymphocytic myocarditis as the result of an on-duty exposure at the young age of 25.

To honor Ryan's memory and to keep his drive and passion alive in the emergency medicine community, Face Off With Cancer has established the Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship to support the education of future students at the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care Paramedic Program. For more information and to apply for the scholarship, please visit the Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship page.

Outside Scholarships

Bound Tree and NAEMT both offer scholarships; please visit their pages for details. (The NAEMT scholarships are limited to members of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and are designed to support the advancement of EMS personnel, e.g. from First Responder to EMT-Basic, or EMT-Basic to Paramedic.)

Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid may be available to students in our traditional classroom Paramedic Program through the West L.A. College (WLAC) Financial Aid office. Please see our Federal Financial Aid page for details. Our online/hybrid Paramedic Program is not eligible for federal financial aid at this time.

Other Lenders

A list of approved lenders for private loans can be obtained when visiting the WLAC Federal Financial Office.  Remember that you need the online application (FAFSA) in order to apply for private lender loans.

Additional funds may be available from private sources such as businesses, community groups, medical societies, churches, and hospitals. You may want to check with organizations where you live or where you grew up to find other potential funding for local residents.

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