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USC Tuition & Cost

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How much does it cost to attend?

Sticker Price
Costs for University of Southern California
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,057
Room and Board $16,732
Other Expenses Budget$2,224

Annual Prices

The annual tuition to attend University of Southern California is $60,446. The cost is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Room and board fees are an additional $16,732. For educational materials, students should allocate approximately $1,200 for books and supplies plus $1,057 for other fees charged by the school. Finally, students should budget $2,224 for miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. With all these fees considered, the expected total cost to attend University of Southern California on a full-time basis is $81,659 per annum.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending University of Southern California, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income University of Southern California
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$17,287
$30,001 to $48,000$17,345
$48,001 to $75,000$22,826
$75,001 to $110,000$32,363

The average reported annual net price for University of Southern California for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $39,759 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

66% of full-time undergrad University of Southern California received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $37,811 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 28% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $4,927 and 3% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $28,777.

Finanical Aid University of Southern California
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $37,811 66%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $35,084 64%
Pell Grants $4,919 17%
Other Federal Grants $1,855 17%
State and Local Grants $8,988 11%
Federal Student Loans $4,927 28%
Other Student Loans $28,777 3%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of Southern California, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $110,164. The loan balance of $110,164 is a four year multiple of the $27,541 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $1,168 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $110,164
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $1,167.92
Total Interest Paid $29,986.61
Sum of All Loan Payments $140,150.61

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year All Residents
1 $81,659
2 $84,518
3 $87,476
4 $90,538

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of Southern California to be $326,636 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.5% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at University of Southern California
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
All Residents $2,035 $6,105 $8,140

Estimated cost for a class at University of Southern California based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at University of Southern California versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of Southern California Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123961 IPEDS survey data for University of Southern California.