Tuition & Financial Aid

Investing in Your Future as a Teacher


Students are charged tuition on a per-unit basis, and the current rate of tuition for the 2021–2022 academic year is $2,035 per credit. Total tuition costs will vary depending on a student’s program track.

Tuition and fees typically increase by 3 percent to 5 percent each year. Tuition rates are set by the USC Board of Trustees and typically increase in the fall term. The most current rates can be found here.

Tuition Breakdown

Tuition Breakdown
MAT online (28 credits minimum) Units per term Cost per term
Full-time 8 - 10 $16,280 – $20,350
Part-time 4 - 5 $8,140 – $10,175

Program Tuition Estimate (Full-Time)

Tuition for the MAT online program at USC Rossier is charged each semester.

Program Tuition Estimate
Year Enrolled Units Tuition
1 20 $40,700
2 8 $16,280

Total (28 Enrolled Units): $56,980

This estimate does not include optional program add-ons, which range from 3–6 units each.

Cost of Attendance

First-semester graduate students should expect the following:


The 2021–2022 tuition fee is $2,035 per unit.

$2,035 x 10 units (sample full-time first semester course load): $20,350

Total: $20,350

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.
  • Credentialing exam fees, which cost about $300.

Financial Aid

USC offers various methods for paying for graduate school, including installment plans, tuition prepayment plans and long-term financing options. 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.

Loan Forgiveness

There are many federal loan forgiveness programs available that encourage teachers to work in high-need schools and subject areas. Learn about the Federal Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers.


You may be considered for a variety of USC Rossier–specific teaching scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded to aspiring K–12 teachers and current educators who have demonstrated the drive and desire to make a difference in education. A separate application is not necessary to apply.

Learn more about external education-specific grants, fellowships and scholarships that USC Rossier students have earned in the past.