24 | Optometry EXPENSES AND FINANCIAL AID Students should anticipate spending approximately $1,500 for books and supplies and approximately $36,000 for living expenses the first year. Students should also plan on spending about $6,700 in optometric equipment costs during the first two years of the program. Students who do not own an iPad with retina display will be required to purchase one. It is required that each student carry adequate personal medical insurance. Students may avail themselves of the insurance plan obtainable through the university. The financial ability of applicants to complete their training at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing their professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. The primary financial responsibility for the students’ education rests with them and their families, but economic circumstances for some families may make it necessary for students to obtain assistance from other sources. The Office of Student Financial Assistance at Nova Southeastern University is there to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their health professions education. Various loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students to help ease the high cost of a health professions education. These financial assistance programs are described on our website (nova.edu/financialaid). For information, contact Nova Southeastern University Office of Student Financial Assistance 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796 (954) 262-3380 For general information about financial aid, call 800-806-3680. Did You Know? Opportunity for a limited number of part-time work assignments is available. However, the demands of a program of professional study limit the number of hours a student can work.