Tuition & Financial Aid at USC

Investing in Your Future as an English-Language Educator


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.

Expect tuition and fees to increase by 3 percent to 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.

Tuition Breakdown

Tuition Breakdown
MAT–TESOL online (24 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 Master of Arts in Teaching – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online (MAT–TESOL online) program at USC Rossier is charged each semester.

Program Tuition Estimate (Full Time)
Year Enrolled Units Tuition
1 17 $34,595
2 7 $14,245

Total (24 Enrolled Units): $48,840
This estimate does not include the credential track add-on, which is an additional 4 units.

Cost of Attendance

First-semester graduate students should expect the following:


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

$2,035 x 9 units (sample full-time first semester course load): $18,315

Total: $18,315

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 around $300. (Pursuing a credential is optional for MAT–TESOL students.)

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 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

If you are an international student studying in your home country or in the United States 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.

To learn more about financing your degree, check with your department or visit the USC financial support page.

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 teaching scholarships offered by USC Rossier. These scholarships will be awarded to aspiring teachers and current educators who have demonstrated the drive and desire to make a difference. 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.

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