Tuition & Financial Aid for OCL online

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Tuition for the EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership online (OCL online) program at USC Rossier is charged each semester, and the current rate of tuition for the 2021–2022 academic year is $2,035 per unit. Each year prior to the fall term, USC releases the tuition cost by unit and additional fees for graduate study. Tuition and fees typically increase 3–5% each year. The most current tuition rates can be found here.

Advanced Standing (43 units)

Program Tuition Estimate (Advanced Standing)
Year Enrolled Units Tuition
1 18 $36,630
2 18 $36,630
3 7 $14,245

Total (43 Enrolled Units): $87,505

Traditional Track (60 units)

Program Tuition Estimate (Traditional Track)
Year Enrolled Units Tuition
1 17 $34,595
2 18 $36,630
3 18 $36,630
4 7 $14,245

Total (60 Enrolled Units): $122,100

Cost of Attendance

Fees are typically charged per semester.

First-semester graduate students should expect the following:


The 2021-2022 tuition fee is $2,035 per unit. Expect an approximately 3–5% tuition increase each year.

Advanced Standing: $2,035 x 6 units: $12,210

Traditional Track: $2,035 x 5 units: $10,175

Mandatory Fees

  • Orientation, new student fee, graduate: $55 (one-time charge)
  • Graduate student programming fee: $43 per semester
  • Norman H. Topping student aid fund: $8 per semester

Total: $106

Other Fees

Total: Varies

Additional Fees

There are some expenses that are not covered by tuition, including:

  • A $250 nonrefundable deposit to confirm your enrollment. The deposit will be credited to tuition owed.
  • Up to $3,000 for books, supplies, internet connectivity and other expenses.
  • Two $550 required on-campus immersions (travel and hotel fees not included).

Health Insurance

USC requires that all students carry comprehensive health insurance, either through USC or an alternate provider. Learn more about this requirement, plans and health insurance options for online students.

Financial Aid

The USC Financial Aid Office (FAO) can help you navigate applying for financial aid, understanding your financial aid award and properly securing all of your loans.

Financial Aid for International Applicants

International students coming to the United States on non-immigrant student visas are not eligible for need-based financial aid. However, you may be eligible for a fellowship and/or scholarship from your academic department or professional school, or another private scholarship.


Students have the opportunity to be considered for a variety of USC Rossier–specific scholarships. Granted in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $7,500, these scholarships will be awarded to students with the drive and desire to make a difference in organizations. A separate application is not necessary to apply. Learn more about scholarships, fellowships and grants.