Tuition & Scholarships

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Master of Arts in Teaching —
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Tuition Estimate

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Teaching — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at USC Rossier is charged per unit each semester. The cost of classes and primary fees usually increases each year by around 3-5%. The most current rates can be found here.

Non-Credential Track

Credential Track

Estimated Credentialing Fees (Credential Track Only)

The requirements to be recommended for a California preliminary teaching credential involve some fees. See the table below for an estimate of costs.

Basic Skills Requirement – CBEST $102.00
Subject Matter Competency – CSET $297.00
Certificate of Clearance Online Application $52.50
LiveScan (varies $10-$35) $25.00
TB Test (varies $0-$100) $50.00
Healthy Environments $0.00
edTPA $300.00
CPR Training (varies $0-$90) $45.00
US Constitution Exam (varies $0-$85) $42.50
Total $914.00

Cost of Attendance

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

Tuition Mandatory Fees Other Fees
The 2019-2020 tuition fee is $1,928 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 = $367
(charged to students with 6 units or more every semester; waived with proof of health insurance)
Parking fees (monthly, semester, and daily rates available)
  Graduate student programming fee = $43
(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 = $1,928 x # of units TOTAL = $473.00 for full-time students TOTAL = Varies

Credentialing Fees Scholarship

Credential exams for students in the MAT-TESOL program usually cost $400 – $500. The exact number depends on the exams and number of subject-specific subtests required.

To assist with the cost, you are eligible for a $400 scholarship to help offset the cost of credentialing exam fees. This award is automatically applied to your student account before the start of the semester.

MAT-TESOL Scholarships

As an applicant for the Master of Arts in Teaching—Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT–TESOL) program, you will be automatically considered for several USC Rossier scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. An additional application is not required.

Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to the USC Rossier mission and other distinguishing characteristics. Applications are accepted in rounds, and priority consideration for these scholarships is given to candidates who apply during rounds 1 and 2. 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.

Other Financing Opportunities

As a MAT-TESOL student, you are eligible to apply for several forms of financial aid. The USC Financial Aid Office will review your application, determine your financial need and process your summary document. Aid will mostly consist of federal loans. In addition, USC participates in a variety of private student loan programs.

For more information on financial aid, visit the financing graduate school page.