USC Estimated Cost of Attendance

The USC estimated cost of attendance is a figure used to determine your financial aid eligibility. It includes average amounts for standard expenses, such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board and other living expenses. Estimated budgets are shown below.

Keep in mind that your actual costs may differ. Additionally, estimated budgets for students in some programs may be higher because of longer enrollment periods, special laboratory or studio supply fees, or other additional costs incurred by all students in the program. Tuition is charged at the same rate for both in-state and out-of-state residents.

Your estimated cost of attendance is available online at My Financial Aid & Documents. In some cases we can increase your budget to take into account additional expenses. For more information, see Special Circumstances.

2013-2014 Estimate of Costs:

The following are estimated costs for two semesters if you are living in university housing or in non-university housing, but not with parents or relatives (other than a spouse).

MASTER's program

  Flat Rate Full Time Half Time Dissertation
  Taking 15 to 18 units per semester Taking 8 to 14 units * per semester Taking 4 to 7 units ** per semester Taking 2 units per semester
Tuition $45,602 $30,720 $18,432 $6,144
Mandatory Fees $1,571 $1,571 $1,571 $1,047
Room & Board $16,000 $16,000 $16,000 $16,000
Books & Supplies $1,344 $1,008 $672 $336
Personal and Miscellaneous $1,828 $1,828 $1,828 $1,828
Transportation $2,520 $2,520 $2,520 $2,520
Total
(add $35 USC Orientation Fee for the first semester)
$68,865 $53,647 $41,023 $27,875

*The tuition amount is based on 10 units of tuition. Students who take more units will be charged a per-unit amount. If you take more than 10 units and would like to request an increase to your estimated Cost of Attendance, contact the Financial Aid Office.

**The tuition amount is based on 6 units of tuition. Students who take more units will be charged a per-unit amount. If you take more than 6 units and would like to request an increase to your estimated Cost of Attendance, contact the Financial Aid Office.

doctoral program

  Flat Rate Full Time Full Time Half Time Dissertation
  Taking 15 to 18 units per semester Taking 10 to 14 units * per semester Taking 6 to 9 units ** per semester Taking 3 to 5
units *** per semester
Taking 2 units per semester
Tuition $45,602 $36,864 $24,576 $12,288 $6,144
Mandatory Fees $2,097 $2,097 $2,097 $1,573 $1,573
Room & Board $16,000 $16,000 $16,000 $16,000 $16,000
Books & Supplies $1,344 $1,008 $672 $336 $336
Personal and Miscellaneous $1,828 $1,828 $1,828 $1,828 $1,828
Transportation $2,520 $2,520 $2,520 $2,520 $2,520
Total
(add $35 USC Orientation Fee for the first semester)
$69,391 $60,317 $47,693 $34,545 $28,401

*The tuition amount is based on 12 units of tuition. Students who take more units will be charged a per-unit amount. If you take more than 12 units and would like to request an increase to your estimated Cost of Attendance, contact the Financial Aid Office.

**The tuition amount is based on 8 units of tuition. Students who take more units will be charged a per-unit amount. If you take more than 8 units and would like to request an increase to your estimated Cost of Attendance, contact the Financial Aid Office.

***The tuition amount is based on 4 units of tuition. Students who take more units will be charged a per-unit amount. If you take more than 4 units and would like to request an increase to your estimated Cost of Attendance, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Payment Deadlines and Methods

For detailed information, visit the USC Student Financial Services website.

 

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