Financial Aid

Financial Aid at USC

USC administers one of the largest financial aid programs in the country. Although families are expected to play a leading role in financing a college education, USC has a long tradition of bridging the gap between the cost of attendance and what families can afford to pay out of pocket.

USC Financial Aid coordinates school, state and federal funds to fully meet the USC-determined need for undergraduates who satisfy all eligibility requirements and meet all deadlines.

Nearly two-thirds of USC undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, including merit scholarships, need-based grants, Federal Work-Study and loans. Incoming first-year students from U.S. families with an annual income of $80,000 or less with typical assets will attend USC tuition free.

2024-2025 Cost of Attendance

The following are the estimated two-semester costs for a full-time USC undergraduate (taking 12-18 units each semester):

On/Off Campus With Parents or Relatives
Tuition (12-18 units for two semesters) $69,904 $69,904
Fees $1,743 $1,743
Housing $12,271 $2,674
Food/meal plan* $7,660 $3,750
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200
Personal and miscellaneous $2,006 $2,006
Transportation $441 $1,914
Total** $95,225 $83,191

*Includes average rent and the standard meal plan for students living in on-campus freshman housing.
**Add $450 New Student Fee for your first semester.

To learn more about Financial Aid at USC please visit the USC Financial Aid website.

By the Numbers

$814 Million

awarded in financial aid from all sources in 2022-2023


of that $814 million comprised grants and scholarships.

These are types of gift aid that do not have to be paid back.


of the fall 2022 first-year class received a USC Merit Scholarship.

Financing Your USC Education

This video covers scholarships, grants, on-campus employment and low-interest loans, including their eligibility requirements and application procedures.