Financing Graduate Study

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The cost per unit for the 2016-2017 academic year is $1,733. View the information in the links below for the estimated cost of attendance by program.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

This page lists sources of financial assistance from the University of Southern California and various external organizations. USC Rossier also awards Dean’s Scholarships and other awards to qualified students upon admission. Visit the page to learn more.

Financial Aid

The USC Financial Aid Office provides applications and information on need-based financial aid, departmental grants, and graduate internship/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:

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

IBR Info (Income-Based Repayment)

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.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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.