Tuition, Financial Aid, Scholarships

What is the cost of attending the USC School of Social Work?

Please refer to our tuition and fees for more information about the cost of attendance.

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If I don’t live in California, will I have to pay out-of-state tuition?

No, USC is a private institution, so there are no additional out-of-state tuition costs, and the program fees assessed for Virtual Academic Center students are the same no matter where you are located.

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How do I apply for financial aid?

The USC Financial Aid Office website provides detailed instructions for new students and continuing students on how to apply for and receive financial aid.

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When should I apply?

We encourage you to apply for financial aid once you have submitted your application for admission. To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete all documents by the deadlines posted, regardless of your admission status.

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How do I accept my federal loans?

The USC Financial Aid Office website outlines the qualifications for these federal loan programs, how to apply and receive funds, as well as their terms and conditions.

Federal Stafford Loan
Federal Perkins Loan
Federal Graduate Plus Loan

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When will my loans disburse?

This varies from year to year and depends on the start date of your semester. Please contact Student Financial Services for more information.

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How do I apply for scholarships?

To apply for Virtual Academic Center scholarships or any School of Social Work endowed scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form .

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How many students receive scholarships from the school?

Approximately 10% of Virtual Academic Center students receive scholarships from the School of Social Work.

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Can I apply for stipends?

Currently, Virtual Academic Center students are not eligible for the CalSWEC Public Child Welfare, IUC, CalSWEC Mental Health or GSWEC stipends. These stipends are inextricably linked to the traditional academic year for the campus program and require certain extended placements for students in their foundation year. The stipends are accompanied by employment commitments, which in many cases are specific to Los Angeles County.

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Is federal work study available?

Federal work study is not available for students enrolled in the Virtual Academic Center.

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When is my tuition bill due?

This varies from year to year and depends on the start date of your semester. Please contact Student Financial Services for more information.

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Are international students eligible for financial aid?

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal loans and grants. International students should explore funding options in their home country to see what is available. Some employers also offer tuition reimbursement. Check with your employer to see if you are eligible to take advantage of such a program where you work.

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