Tuition and Financial Aid


The current tuition rate for the USC Price Online Executive Master of Urban Planning degree is $1,863 per unit for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students will complete a total of 24 units, and should expect a moderate increase in tuition each academic year.

Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal student aid. Additionally, some employers may offer tuition benefits, including tuition reimbursement and low-cost loans. The University of Southern California Financial Aid Office (FAO) will provide you with the details of applying for financial aid, understanding your financial aid award and properly securing your loans. Visit the FAO website for detailed information regarding dates and deadlines and to find downloadable forms that are needed to process the financial aid application.

Types of financial aid

Federal loans

Private loans

Eligibility requirements for financial aid

Applying for financial aid

Information about California-specific scholarships can be found on the CalREACH website

Financial Aid Checklist

The following is a checklist to assist you with the necessary steps to apply for financial assistance:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The USC school code is 001328. Sign your FAFSA application electronically upon submission.
  • Complete the required Enrollment and Housing Form by logging into MyUSC. You will find the Enrollment and Housing Form in the Document Library in USC FAST (Financial Aid Summary and Tasks).
  • If your enrollment changes, be sure to complete a new Enrollment and Housing Form. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units per term to be eligible for FSA.
  • To borrow through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program, complete a Direct Stafford Loan Request Form. You will find the Loan Request Form in the Document Library in USC FAST (Financial Aid Summary and Tasks).
  • Many graduate and professional students also borrow a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan in addition to the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan to cover a portion of their tuition and expenses.
  • The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is credit-based. Please visit for detailed information regarding credit requirements, and to complete the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Request. Sign in to “Manage My Direct Loans,” and then click on “Request a Direct PLUS Loan.” Once you have completed the process, the U.S. Department of Education will notify USC electronically.
  • Direct Graduate PLUS Loan credit decision expires in 180 days from applying.
  • Complete loan Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note online at There is a separate Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.
  • Both the Entrance Counseling and MPN must be completed in order for loan funds to be disbursed to your student account.
  • Upon admission to a USC online program, submit the Intent to Enroll and Self Certification forms. The Financial Aid Office will review your Financial Aid application after you have submitted your enrollment decision and will send an email notification to review your financial aid award offer via your USC email account. You will also receive login information for access to your student portal, MyUSC.
  • Register for your classes.

For more information regarding financial aid at USC, visit If you have questions about financial aid, contact an admissions counselor at 1-855-637-1999 or