Tuition & Financial Aid

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The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program

Program Tuition Estimate

Tuition for the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program at USC Rossier is charged per unit each semester. The cost of classes and primary fees typically increases each year by approximately 3-5%.

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

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Scholarships

As an applicant for the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) 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.

Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated dedication to the USC Rossier mission and other distinguishing characteristics.

Applications are reviewed in rounds, and candidates who submit an application in rounds one or two will receive primary consideration. All scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. Although the program begins in the summer session, USC Rossier scholarship funds are disbursed only in the fall and spring semesters.

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.

Los Angeles County MFT Stipend Program

Each year, Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health, together with the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles, awards stipends to graduating Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy students in Los Angeles county. In the 2020 academic year, stipends of $18,500 were given to graduates who committed to one year of work at a mental health agency operated or contracted by the Department of Mental Health as an MFT Intern.

The stipend program seeks to improve bilingual services for patients, however, speaking more than one language is not a requirement. Stipend recipients typically have personal and work experience in underserved communities within Los Angeles County.

Many USC Rossier Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy students have received stipends in the past.

Other Financing Opportunities

As a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy 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, which 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.

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