Financial Aid

All incoming students accepted and admitted into the program and who remain in good academic standing will receive financial assistance for the first four years, amounting to $200,000. Students also may be eligible for additional fellowships, scholarships, grants, research and teaching assistantships, and loans. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid at the same time they apply to the school.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To be considered for additional financial aid, you must apply through the USC Financial Aid Office and follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): USC's federal school code number is 001328.
  2. Complete a Supplemental Form for Graduate Students and submit it to the USC Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.
  3. To be considered for the federal Perkins loan and federal work-study program, submit a signed copy of the previous year's federal tax returns to the USC Financial Aid Office.

Please refer to the USC Financial Aid Office website for more information about financing graduate education, to download forms and to find a listing of helpful resources. If you have additional questions, USC financial aid counselors are available by phone at 213.740.1111.

To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete all documents by their deadlines, regardless of your admission status.

International Students

International students may not receive financial assistance from the United States government, but limited private funding may be available. Nor should you expect to support yourself through employment while attending USC. The Immigration and Naturalization Service rarely allows international students to work off campus. However, it may be possible to obtain an on-campus part-time job.