Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
Cost of the Program
The PPP core includes nine classes, and each class is worth 4 units of credit. Postbaccalaureate students generally enroll in two classes each semester.
Estimated Tuition Cost
Students pay tuition one semester at a time and are charged on a per-unit basis. Please note that tuition rates are subject to change every academic year. The “program tuition” estimate below is for financial planning purposes only and is a rough estimate based on 2021-2022 rates. It does not reflect a true projection of future program tuition costs. Please visit classes.usc.edu for the most current per-unit tuition rate.
Estimated Tuition (based on 2021-2022 per-unit costs)
- Per-class tuition ($2,035 x 4 units): $8,140
- Program tuition cost for nine core classes ($2,035 x 36 units): $73,260
Besides tuition, students should budget for required fees and books each semester. USC also accounts for living and personal expenses in the budget for this program. Students may choose to borrow loans to pay for these additional costs. The following chart is based on estimates for the 2021-2022 academic year, which are subject to change.
|Tuition based on 8 units||$16,280||$16,280||$16,280|
|Mandatory USC fees||$505||$505||$301|
|USC health insurance (if not waived)||$753||$1,363||$0|
|Books and supplies
(based on eight units of coursework)
(includes housing and dining, transportation, and personal expenses)
USC offers the interest-free USC Payment Plan, which allows you to divide each semester’s charges into five monthly payments. For more information, please visit the Student Financial Services website.
PPP students are eligible to apply for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans for the first 12 consecutive months of the program, which include a fall, spring and summer semester (or spring, summer and fall for students first admitted to spring semester), as long as they are enrolled in two classes (or take at least 6 units) each semester.
A PPP student’s annual borrowing limits for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans are based upon dependency status. A student is considered independent if they were born after January 1, 1998; are married; have a dependent; or are a veteran.
Independent students may borrow up to $25,000 annually in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. Dependent students may borrow up to $11,000 annually in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. Please note that these amounts are split unevenly; see distributions below.
Parents of independent students are not eligible for the Direct Parent PLUS Loan.
Parents of dependent students may apply for the Direct Parent PLUS Loan to cover remaining costs and living expenses for the first 12 consecutive months of their student’s program, as long as the student is enrolled in two classes (or takes at least 6 units) each semester. For more information about the Direct PLUS Loan program, please refer to our Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan information or visit studentaid.gov.
PPP students are not eligible for the Graduate PLUS Loan under any circumstances.
For both years of the program, students may apply for private loans to cover remaining costs and living expenses. These loans may require in-school interest payments. To qualify, students must have good credit and are strongly encouraged to apply with a credit-worthy co-borrower. If you plan to borrow private loans, pre-approval before you start the program is highly recommended.
Please note that most private lenders have aggregate loan limits. Applying for these loans before your program starts will help ensure this as a possible funding source.
For more information and a link to the ELM Select lender tool, please refer to our Private Financing information.
Students must meet all eligibility requirements and be enrolled in at least two classes (or takes at least 6 units) to receive federal loan funds. Federal and private loan funds are first applied to your student fee bill. The remainder is then credited to your bank account, provided you have registered for EFT Direct Deposit. To register for direct deposit of refunds, refer to the Student Financial Services website.