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Colleges / University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate13%
Acceptance Rate13%

USC Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at University of Southern California was $63,468 a year.

Tuition increased 5% in 2022–from $60,446 the previous year. On average, college tuition rises about 3% year.

If this makes attending the college of your dreams sound impossible, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students pay a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Additionally, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until after graduation.

University of Southern California: In-state vs. Out-of-State Tuition

University of Southern California is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of California as it does for students who live in other states.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Choosing a school where you qualify for in-state tuition can save on the overall cost of college. Be sure to verify your state's requirements for as an in-state resident. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition. There may be other criteria too, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.

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Is USC's Tuition Different for International Students?

Tuition at USC is the same for all students.

Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for private or school-specific aid and scholarships. International students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at USC:

  • USC-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.

USC Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when estimating the cost of attendance for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at USC.

House and Food Costs at USC

Housing and campus dining at USC is $16,896 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that enables you to eat in the USC's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can choose to be on a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $10,506.

Meal-plan costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at USC?

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. The actual cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Yearly Fees

Most schools charge some yearly fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.

Keep in mind, there could also be other costs associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges offer ways for students who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation costs at USC

The cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or will you need to use public transportation? All of these factors can drastically impact your estimated cost of transportation. At USC, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

Where are a college is located can impact your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in an urban area is often pricey, but there may be more trains, busses or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The University of Southern California campus is located in a urban setting in California, near Los Angeles.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When budgeting for college, be sure to consider personal expenses, like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.

Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for USC.

Total Cost of USC

What will the cost of attending USC be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $63,468
Room and Board $16,896
Board Only $6,930
Other expenses $1,702

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $84,524
Off-Campus $74,558

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

University of Southern California Financial Aid

In 2022, 7,333 of the 20,790 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. USC meets 107% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $58,131 a year. Around 32% of USC undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. USC graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $27,413 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $18,744
Private Loans $54,554
Most Common Loans for USC Students
Federal Loans 31%
Private loans 5%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on USC financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at University of Southern California

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2022, USC awarded 6,747 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $377.4 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $105.49 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of USC

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for USC students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at USC was $58,131 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of USC seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $26,393
Off-Campus $16,427

What will attending USC really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the USC's net cost calculator on their website.

USC Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

USC Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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USC Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$79,393

In State

$79,393

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$60,446
$60,446
Fees
$1,015
$1,015
Housing
$16,732
$16,732
Books
$1,200
$1,200

USC Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

36%

Average Financial Aid Package

$58,105

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

49,318

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

13%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$61,461

Out-of-State

$61,461

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