Learn: Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid at USC

USC administers one of the largest financial aid programs in the country. Although we expect the student’s family to play a leading role in financing a college education, USC has a long tradition of fully meeting 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.

2019-2020 Cost of Attendance

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

On/Off Campus With Parents or Relatives
Tuition (12-18 units for two semesters) $57,256 $57,256
Fees $939 $939
Housing $9,616 $0
Dining/meals $6,300 $1,810
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200
Personal and miscellaneous $1,564 $1,564
Transportation $584 $1,946
Total** $77,459 $64,715

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

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


$611 million in financial aid
Amount awarded from all sources in 2017-2018.

20%
Percentage of students of the fall 2018 first-year class who received merit scholarships.

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