Tuition & Financial Aid

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Estimated Cost of Attendance

The table below reflects the estimated cost of beginning the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in fall 2019. Estimated tuition is based on the 2018-2019 rate of tuition of $1,863 per unit and estimated fees for the 2018-2019 academic year. Fees include the USC student health insurance plan, the USC student center health fee, the Norman H. Topping Student Aid fund, the graduate programming fee and new student fee. Enrollment in the USC student health insurance plan may be waived if you are covered by a comprehensive insurance plan that meets the university’s requirements.

Tuition and fees typically increase 3-5% each year, beginning with the fall term each year. The estimated cost does not include books, housing, parking or projected increases. For a break down of tuition and fees, visit the USC catalogue page.


Fall Spring Summer Fall Total
Enrolled Units 10 10 N/A 8 28
Tuition & Fees $19,812 $20,338   $16,031 $56,181

MAT with One Add-On Track

Fall Spring Summer Fall Total
Enrolled Units 10 10 6 8 34
Tuition & Fees $19,812 $20,338 $11,373 $16,031 $67,554

Estimated Credential-Related 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


As an applicant for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 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. Candidates who complete an application in deadline rounds one or two will receive primary consideration. 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 MAT program no later than the application deadline for round 3, you will be sent an application for the Leo F. Buscaglia Endowed Fellowship, which awards up to $50,000 to two MAT students. You must complete a separate application to be considered for the Buscaglia scholarship. 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 a separate application. Additionally, the university offers some institutional scholarships.

Financial Aid

The USC Office of Financial Aid provides support for students preparing to enter graduate school. After you apply for financial aid at USC, the USC financial aid office will determine your financial need and process your financial aid summary document, which will consist mostly of federal loans. In addition, USC participates in a variety of private student loan programs.