Learn: Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid at USC

USC administers one of the largest financial aid programs in the country. In conjunction with the role students’ families play in financing college education, USC has a long tradition of coordinating 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.

2022-2023 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) $63,468 $63,468
Fees $1,258 $1,258
Housing $10,506 $2,500
Dining/meals $6,930 $3,500
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200
Personal and miscellaneous $1,702 $1,702
Transportation $584 $1,948
Total $85,648 $75,576

(Add $450 New Student Fee for your first semester.)

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


More than $773 million in financial aid
Amount awarded from all sources in 2021-2022.

More than 20%
of the fall 2022 first-year class received a USC Merit Scholarship.

Nearly 75% of financial aid awarded comprised grants and scholarships.
These are types of gift aid that do not have to be paid back.