Tuition and Financial Aid
How much will my undergraduate education cost at USC?
Please explore the Estimated Cost of Attendance page in order to see an estimated breakdown of tuition, fees, housing, and living expenses. Continue to read this section on Financial Aid, Scholarships, and possible VA Benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon program.
What is Financial Aid?
Undergraduate financial aid includes grants, merit scholarships, loans and Federal Work-Study. The amount and types of aid students receive can be based on a student’s and family’s financial need (need-based) or provided without regard to need.
Need-based financial aid may come from the federal government, the state or USC directly. Some funds, such as grants, scholarships and Federal Work-Study, do not need to be repaid. Loans, however, do need to be repaid after graduation, so students and families who choose to borrow should plan accordingly. Explore our Financial Aid checklist on the USC Admissions Blog.
For additional scholarship opportunities, please read through our Scholarships section on this site.
Who Receives Financial Aid at USC?
USC maintains a strong commitment to financial aid for undergraduate students: We have increased our financial aid funding so that we may continue to meet each student’s demonstrated need.
We are a need-blind institution, which means the admissions and financial aid processes are completely separate from each other.
Nearly two-thirds of USC undergraduates receive some sort of financial aid, including need-based grants, merit scholarships, Federal Work-Study and loans.
- Among the 2017 entering first-year class, nearly two-thirds received some form of financial assistance, with more than 21 percent receiving a USC merit-based scholarship.
GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon, and Other VA Benefits
USC supports our veterans and military community financially - largely through our commitment to awarding an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon scholarships with an unlimited amount of money each year to eligible students on the undergraduate level. Through Yellow Ribbon funding, undergraduate student veterans, who enter USC with remaining GI Bill eligibility, can graduate debt-free. The Yellow Ribbon program supplements the GI Bill at private institutions.
Please use the VA’s GI Bill Comparison Tool to see how USC’s Yellow Ribbon commitment compares to other schools. You can enter your level (undergraduate, graduate), your GI Bill percentage (Yellow Ribbon applies at the 100% level), and see what your net cost will be each year at USC.
- If you have unique questions about your GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, please email the USC Veterans Certification Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213) 740-4619.
- If you have general questions about financial aid, please call the Financial Aid office at 213-740-4444 or see if your question can be answered online at askUSC.
How to Use Your VA Education Benefits
For instructions on how to file to use your GI BIll or other VA Educational Benefits through the VA and USC, please read through our How to File page. In addition, please watch the video at the bottom of the Using Your Veteran Benefits at USC page. Scroll down to view the video.
Even if you are planning to use your VA Educational Benefits, please also apply for Financial Aid at USC by submitting your FAFSA and CSS Profile each year before March 2*. Read through the Continuing Undergraduate Students Dates and Deadlines.
*After viewing your USC Financial Aid package, students are then able to choose if they’d like to use their GI Bill or other VA Educational Benefits.
Undergraduate Yellow Ribbon Funding
Only veterans entitled to the 100% Post 9/11 benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate).
The Post 9/11 GI Bill will contribute to private institutions up to $24,476.79 during the 2019-2020 year. Yellow Ribbon is available to supplement the remaining, depending on your degree and program.
Continued Eligibility for Yellow Ribbon Benefit Recipients
- Remain in good academic standing with USC
- All VA certified courses must be degree applicable
- Remain eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits through the VA (you can check this through the VA’s eBenefits site)
- Students who wish to receive VA educational assistance, including BAH each term, must be enrolled and must complete the online Application for Semester Entitlement (ASE) form each semester after class registration. The USC Veterans Certification Office will not certify students without a recent request on file, therefore, VA educational benefits will not be activated.