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Tuition & Financial Aid
Students are charged tuition on a per-unit basis, and the current rate of tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,800 per credit. Total tuition costs will vary depending on a student’s program track. Please keep in mind that tuition rates are re-evaluated each year.
Tuition and fees typically increase each year by 3 to 5 percent, which is the average annual tuition increase over the past five years. Please keep in mind that tuition rates are set by the USC Board of Trustees and typically increase each year in the fall term.
Students can expect to spend up to $3,000 for books, supplies, Internet connectivity and expenses related to the credentialing process.
Admitted applicants are required to submit a $250 nonrefundable deposit to confirm their enrollment for the term in which they applied. The deposit will be credited to tuition owed in the first term of enrollment.
USC requires that all students carry comprehensive health insurance, either through USC or an alternate provider. Detailed information on this requirement and on the USC Health Plan for Online Students, including costs, may be found online at the USC Engemann Student Health Center.
Adding a Credential or Certificate
Students can earn a Special Education Credential and/or Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Certificate in addition to their course of study. Adding one of these options will cost an additional $4,617–$25,916, depending upon which option is chosen.
The University of Southern California Financial Aid Office will provide you with the details of applying for financial aid, understanding your financial aid award and properly securing all of your loans. Please visit the USC Financial Aid Office (FAO) website for detailed information regarding dates and deadlines.
If you are an international student studying in your home country or in the U.S. on a non-immigrant student visa, you are not eligible for need-based federal student aid programs. You may be eligible to seek employer assistance or scholarship opportunities in your home country. Click here for more information on financing your degree or check with your department and visit USC's Financial Support page.
Students have the opportunity to be considered for a variety of USC Rossier–specific teaching scholarships. Granted in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $6,000, these scholarships will be awarded to aspiring teachers and current educators with the drive and desire to make a difference in education. A separate application is not necessary to apply.
For a list of education-specific grants, fellowships and scholarships that USC Rossier Online students have used in the past, visit our scholarships page.
Many USC Rossier students take federal loans to help pay tuition and fees for our programs. Fortunately, there are many federal loan forgiveness programs available that encourage teachers to work in high-need schools and subjects areas.