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 2019–2020 academic year is $1,928 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 $15,424 – $19,280
Part-time 4 - 5 $7,712 – $9,640

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 $38,560
2 8 $15,424

Total (28 Enrolled Units): $53,984

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 2019–2020 tuition fee is $1,928 per unit.

$1,928 x 10 units (sample full-time first semester course load): $19,280

Total: $19,280

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.

Credentialing Scholarship

Students who enroll in the January 2020 cohort of the MAT online with credential program will be eligible for a $400 scholarship to help offset the cost of credentialing exam fees.

To receive this scholarship — and to complete the MAT online application process — students must show proof of registration for at least one subject matter–specific subtest or subject-specific exam.

USC Rossier offers this scholarship to reduce students’ overall program costs and support them in their journey of becoming highly qualified, credentialed educators. For more information, contact your Admissions Counselor.

To learn more about credentialing requirements, please visit our admissions page.