Tuition & Financial Aid

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The table below reflects the estimated cost of beginning the PASA program in fall 2018. Estimated tuition is based on the 2017-2018 rate of tuition of $1,800 per unit and estimated fees of $2,584 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The estimated cost of full-time study includes enrollment in the USC student health insurance plan, which may be waived if you are fully employed and receive health benefits from your employer. Tuition and fees typically increase 3-5% each year, commencing with the fall term. Estimated cost does not include books, housing, or projected increases.

You have the option to take a seminar or thesis course during your final year in the program. The thesis option requires an additional one unit, increasing the overall cost by approximately $1,800.


Year 1 Year 2 Total Thesis Option
Enrolled Units 24 17 41 42
Tuition and fees $45,784 $33,184 $78,968 $80,768


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total
Enrolled Units 17 18 6 41
Tuition & Fees $33,184 $34,984 $13,384 $81,552

Financial Aid

As an applicant for the PASA program, you are eligible to apply for several forms of financial aid. After you apply, the USC Financial Aid Office will determine your financial need and process your Financial Aid Summary which will consist mostly of federal loans. In addition, USC participates in a variety of private student loan programs and offers the opportunity for students to apply for institutional scholarships. The USC Rossier School of Education also offers program-specific and education-related scholarships, fellowships and grants. For more information on financial aid, visit the financing graduate study page.