Tuition and Scholarships

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EDL)

Program Tuition Estimate

Tuition for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program at USC Rossier is charged each semester. Each year prior to the fall term, USC releases the tuition cost by unit and additional fees for graduate study. Tuition and fees typically increase 3-5% each year.

Cost of Attendance

Fees are typically charged per semester. First semester graduate students should expect the following:

Tuition Mandatory Fees Other Fees
The 2021-2022 tuition fee is $2,035 per unit. Expect an approximately 3 ‒ 5% tuition increase each year Orientation: new student fee, graduate = $55
(charged first semester only)
Student health insurance. See for fees and waiver information
  Student health service fee = $427
(charged to students with 6 units or more every semester)
Parking fees (monthly, semester, and daily rates available)
  Graduate student programming fee = $40
(charged per semester)
Tuition refund insurance. See registration/tuitionrefund.html for rates and opt out instructions.
  Norman H. Topping student aid fund = $8
(charged per semester)
TOTAL = $2,035 x # of units TOTAL = $530 for full-time students TOTAL = Varies

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership Scholarships

As an applicant for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EDL) program, you will be automatically considered for limited USC Rossier scholarships averaging $10,000.

There is no need to submit a separate application. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to the USC Rossier mission and other distinguishing characteristics. To receive primary consideration, make sure to submit your application early. All scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.

You may also view USC Rossier’s list of additional scholarships, fellowships and grants that may require a separate application. Additionally, the university offers some institutional scholarships.

External Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to scholarships offered by USC Rossier and the university, students pursuing their EdD degree in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program are eligible for external scholarships as well.

External scholarships are awarded by organizations outside the university that are dedicated to supporting students whose backgrounds or field of study match the organization’s mission. The criteria for each award varies.

Additionally, as a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership student, you may be eligible for special doctoral fellowships and grants. The awards range in value and are available to USC Rossier students enrolled in a PhD or EdD program.

Other Financing Opportunities

As an applicant for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership 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.
For more information on financial aid, visit the financing graduate school page.

You’ll also find useful tips in our blog post, How to Pay for Grad School.