Tuition and Financial Aid

The University of Southern California (USC) offers many ways for you to fund your advanced degree in social work. Tuition cost is based on the number of units taken per semester and is calculated on a per-unit basis up to 14 units.

To determine your cost for the year, refer to the 2018–2019 unit charges and multiply the number of units you anticipate enrolling in by the per-unit rate. If you are enrolled in 15–18 units, the flat rate will apply. Please keep in mind the mandatory fees assessed in addition to tuition when calculating costs.

2018–2019 Unit Charges

$1863 is the per-unit rate for students enrolled in 1–14 units.

$27,660 is the flat rate for students enrolled in 15–18 units.

Tuition

An example of the estimated tuition and fees for each plan of study is listed below:

DSW 2017-2018 Full-Time Tuition Chart
Plan of Study Program Type Semesters Total Units Estimated Tuition
Traditional MSW Full TIme Full Time 4 60 $107,484
Traditional MSW Part TIme Part Time 6 60 $111,780
Advanced Standing MSW Full TIme Full Time 3 37 $68,931
Advanced Standing MSW Part TIme Part Time 5 37 $68,931
DSW Full TIme Full Time 6 42 $78,246

Visit the tuition and fees program charts to see a complete breakdown of your 2018–2019 tuition and fees.

2018–2019 Mandatory Fees:

Social Work Lab $225

This is a one-time charge for first-year MSW students. All units and fees are charged per semester. Mandatory fees do not include books or housing.

2018–2019 Student Health Insurance:

Fall 2018: $1339

Spring/Summer 2019: $2530

Students enrolled in six units or more will be automatically charged for health insurance. Health care fees are charged twice a year. Students may submit a request to waive the health care charges if they do not wish to participate. More information regarding the waiver criteria can be found here.

  • Your cost of attendance will be determined by USC’s Financial Aid Office (FAO) and will reflect tuition, unit rate or flat rate, and all mandatory fees.
  • Information on applying for federal student aid programs, including student loans and work study, can be found by visiting the USC Financial Aid page.
  • You must apply for Virtual Academic Center scholarships through the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The school scholarships indicated will be determined separately from the USC FAO and may not be included on your initial financial aid award letter from the FAO.
  • Tuition and fees are charged per semester; all aid is disbursed in halves per semester.
  • A nonrefundable $280 commitment fee is due upon enrollment, and $200 is applied toward your first semester’s tuition charges.
  • All financial aid amounts are subject to change.

Financial Aid

USC FAO will provide you with the details of applying for financial aid, understanding your financial aid award and properly securing all of your loans. Please visit the FAO website for detailed information regarding important dates and deadlines as well as downloadable forms to complete your financial aid application.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal student aid. International candidates should explore funding options in their home countries. Many employers offer tuition benefits for online MSW students, including tuition reimbursement and low-cost loans. Based on country of residence, candidates may also have access to education loans through private lenders.