With the average anticipated debt load from PA school at $75,000-$124,000, it is important that you realistic plan for how you are going to pay for your education. Funding sources vary and federal loan programs will probably form the foundation of your assistance package. Many states also offer financial aid funding. Here are some of your aid options: 1. Federal and state loans and grants. 2. Scholarships and traineeships such as Americorps. 3. Loans, repayment programs and consolidation services. 4. AAPA constituent organization scholarships. 5. The United States military service and loan payment program for candidates who wish to be physician assistants in the military.