Financing Graduate Study
Estimated Cost of Attending
For the 2015-2016 academic year, the cost per unit is $1,666. Estimated cost information for selected programs is provided below:
The USC Financial Aid Office provides applications and information on need-based financial aid, departmental grants, and graduate assistantships/fellowships. USC offers various methods for paying for graduate school including installment plans, tuition pre-payment plans and long-term financing options. For the most up-to-date information on deadlines and application instructions, please visit the Financial Aid website:
- Information for New Students Applying for Need-Based Financial Aid
- Information for Continuing Students Applying for Need-Based Financial Aid
- View the USC FAO’s informational videos detailing the financial aid process
The Office of Student Financial Services
The Office of Student Financial Services provides students with information regarding student accounts, tuition payment plans, campus-based loans, payment options and tax credits. You can reach Student Financial Services by calling (213) 740-7471 or visiting the Student Financial Services website.
Repayment and Loan Forgiveness
Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is a new way to make your federal student loan payments more manageable. And if you’re a teacher or work in government or at a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization, you might qualify for a new type of public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) after 10 years of eligible payments and employment.
In 2007, Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.