Tuition And Scholarships

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Program Tuition Estimate

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Teaching 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.

Master of Arts in Teaching Costs

Master of Arts in Teaching With one Add-On Track

An add-on track is an additional option for coursework in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Tracks include a Special Education (Education Specialist Instruction) Credential, Gifted Certificate, and a Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate (BILA).

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 engemannshc.usc.edu 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) transnet.usc.edu/index.php/parking-rates
  Graduate student programming fee = $43
(charged per semester)
Tuition refund insurance. See arr.usc.edu/services/ 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

Estimated Credentialing Fees

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

Credentialing Fees Scholarship

To assist with the cost of credentialing exams (typically $400-$500 depending on the exams and the number of subject-specific subtests required), students who enroll in MAT program in 2020 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.

Master of Arts in Teaching Scholarships

As an applicant for the Master of Arts in Teaching program, you will be automatically considered for several USC Rossier scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. There is no need to submit a separate application for these scholarships.

Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to the USC Rossier mission and other distinguishing characteristics. Applications are reviewed in multiple rounds, and priority consideration is given to those who apply in rounds 1and 2. With the exception of the Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship, all scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.

If you submit an application for the Master of Arts in Teaching program no later than the application deadline for round 3, you will be sent a separate application for the Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship, which awards up to $50,000 to two students. Scholarship recipients of the Buscaglia award will be notified after admission.

You may also view USC Rossier’s list of additional scholarships, fellowships and grants that may require an additional application. he university offers some institutional scholarships as well.

Other Financing Opportunities

As a Master of Arts in Teaching student, you are eligible to apply for several forms of financial aid. After you apply, the USC Financial Aid Office will determine your need and process your summary document, which will consist mostly 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.

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