How Much Will My Student's Education Cost?

While we expect each student's family to play a leading role in financing a college education, we have a long tradition of fully meeting the USC-determined financial need for undergraduate students who satisfy all federal, state and university eligibility requirements and meet all published deadlines.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: 2019-2020

The USC estimated Cost of Attendance is an average figure used to determine your financial aid eligibility. It includes average amounts for standard expenses—including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, meals and other living expenses for two semesters of study.

Keep in mind that your actual costs may differ. Additionally, estimated budgets for students in some majors may be higher because of special laboratory or studio supply fees, or other additional costs incurred by all students in the program. Tuition is charged at the same rate for both in-state and out-of-state residents.


2019-2020 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition (12-18 units for two semesters) $57,256
Fees $939
Housing* $9,616
Dining/Meals* $6,300
Books and supplies $1,200
Personal and miscellaneous $1,564
Transportation $584
Total** $77,459

*Includes average rent and the standard meal plan for students living in on-campus freshman housing.

**Add $450 New Student Fee for your first semester.

To estimate your cost of attendance, and your student’s potential eligibility for certain types of financial aid, please visit our Net Price Calculator.

Parents of admitted and current USC students can also plan for the next semester’s expenses with our Planning Worksheet available through your student's Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page.