USC offers competitive packages to attract some of the brightest students from across the country and around the world.
We know the decision to attend graduate school is a serious one, as it requires a significant investment of resources. If you find, however, that our academic programs align with your personal and professional goals, we are confident USC will prove a smart investment—and one of the best values in graduate education.
The Graduate School offers recruiting fellowships, such as the Presidential and Trustee, to attract outstanding graduate students. Some of our top students also secure funding via national fellowship and scholarship competitions. Visit the Fellowship and Awards page for full details, including eligibility criteria and nominating procedures on each available fellowship or award.
Many of our graduate students are awarded Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, or Staff Assistantships to help fund their graduate education. If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, please indicate this on your application by checking the appropriate box. You should also contact the Graduate Director of your program about assistantships, early deadlines, and additional forms they may require.
Colleges, home departments, professional associations, student organizations, affiliated USC institutes, and external agencies all award travel grants to support student presentation of research nationally and internationally. Each year The Graduate School also awards $150,000 in travel grants to support the research of students pursuing terminal degrees.
Students awarded graduate assistantships or fellowships often automatically qualify for in-state tuition.
Some graduate students elect to fund part of their education through loans. When considering this option, it is important to consider how you will repay the loan after graduation. Students are advised not to take out sums that will total, upon repayment, more than 8 percent of their monthly income. For more information on loans and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The following fees apply to the 2013-2014 academic year:
For more information about university tuition and fees, visit the Office of the Bursar webpage for more information.
Cost of living in Columbia is well below the national average. For the school year (August through May), we estimate living expenses to be approximately $12,896 USD (on-campus) or $17,283 USD (off-campus). This amount includes room and board, clothing, textbooks, transportation, entertainment, and food.
All full-time graduate students (enrolled in 9 hours or more), all graduate assistants, and all international students are required to have health insurance coverage. However, students do not have to use a particular provider. The cost for USC administered health insurance is $1,452 per year. For more information regarding this requirement please refer to Student Health Services website.