Tuition & Financial Aid

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. Students in the Master of Education in School Counseling online program are required to complete 49 credits, totaling $99,715 under current tuition rates.

Expect tuition and fees to increase by 3–5 percent each year, which is the average annual tuition increase over the past five years. Tuition rates are set by the USC Board of Trustees and typically increase in the fall term.

Program Tuition Estimate (Full-time)

Tuition for the Master of Education in School Counseling online (SC online) program at USC Rossier is charged each semester. Each year prior to the fall term, USC releases the tuition cost by unit and additional fees for graduate study. See the USC catalogue for the most current tuition rates.

Program Tuition Estimate
Year Enrolled Units Tuition
1 33 $67,155
2 16 $32,560

Total (49 Enrolled Units): $99,715

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.

$2,035 x 11 units (sample full-time first semester course load): $22,385

Total: $22,385

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

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.

Health Insurance

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.

Financial Aid

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.


Students have the opportunity to be considered for a variety of USC Rossier-specific school counseling scholarships. Granted in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $7,500, these scholarships will be awarded to aspiring school counselors with the drive to make a difference in students' lives. A separate application is not necessary to apply.

For a list of education-specific grants, fellowships and scholarships that USC Rossier students have used in the past, visit our scholarships page.