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.

2021-2022 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) $60,446 $60,446
Fees $1,015 $1,015
Housing $10,102 $2500
Dining/meals $6,630 $3,500
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200
Personal and miscellaneous $1,640 $1,640
Transportation $584 $1,920
Total $81,659 $72,263

(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 $681 million in financial aid
Amount awarded from all sources in 2019-2020.

Approximately 21%
Number of students of the fall 2020 first-year class who received merit scholarships.

Nearly 80% of financial aid awarded comprised grants and scholarships.
These are types of gift aid that do not have to be paid back.