Undergraduate Student Tuition

Tuition and Fees: 2017-2018 Academic Year

New Undergraduate Students

The numbers below represent an approximate cost of tuition, fees, room and board for the first year.

The 2017-2018 tuition cost for full-time students enrolled in 12-18 units is $53,448 for the year.  

The numbers below provide a guideline for prospective students to develop their budget to cover the cost of attendance at SCA. Although we have done our best to provide the most accurate numbers possible, it is an estimated cost and may vary depending on class or university fees.

First-Year Costs
Undergraduate Students
2017-2018 Academic Year (Fall & Spring Semesters)

Tuition: $53,448
Fees*: $875
Room and board**: $14,886
Total***:   $69,209

*Additional lab fees vary by course.
**Includes average rent and the standard meal plan for students living in on-campus freshman housing.
***Add $350 New Student Fee for your first semester.

In addition to tuition, fees, room and board, students should plan for additional monies to cover additional expenses, i.e. books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous costs. These numbers vary widely depending on each student’s living situation and lifestyle.

For more information about the university calculations visit the Undergraduate Financial Aid website.

International students will be required to provide proof of the ability to pay tuition and living expenses for the first academic year prior to admission. For more information visit the International Applicants website.

Graduate Student Tuition

Tuition and Fees: 2017-2018 Academic Year

New Graduate Students

The numbers below represent an approximate cost of tuition and fees for the first year of each graduate program. Each program requires a specific unit count. Therefore, the costs between programs vary.

The 2017-2018 tuition cost for the School of Cinematic Arts is $1,915 per unit. USC's estimated cost for mandatory fees for 2017-2018 is $2,287 for full or half-time students.

The numbers below provide a guideline for prospective students to develop their budget to cover the cost of attendance at SCA. Although we have done our best to provide the most accurate numbers possible, it is an estimated cost and may vary depending on class or university fees.

For more information visit the USC Tuition and Fees website.

Tuition and Fees

First-Year Graduate Students*
2017-2018 Academic Year (Fall & Spring Semesters)

Program First-Year Units First-Year Tuition and Fees
Animation & Digital Arts, MFA: 22 $44,417
Cinema & Media Studies, MA: 18 $36,757
Film & Television Production, MFA: 16 $32,927
Interactive Media, MFA 20 $40,587
Cinematic Arts (Media Arts, Games & Health), MFA: 18 $36,757
Peter Stark Producing Program, MFA: 24 $48,247
Writing for Film & Television, MFA: 22 $44,417

In addition to tuition and fees, students should plan for additional monies to cover their living expenses, i.e. room and board, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous costs.

These numbers vary widely depending on each student's living situation and lifestyle. The university has calculated that graduate students can spend as much as $22,400 on living expenses per year. Many SCA students spend much less than what the university budgets.

For more information about the university calculations visit the Graduate Financial Aid website.

International students will be required to provide proof of the ability to pay tuition and living expenses for the first academic year prior to admission. For more information visit the Financial Documentation website.

*Tuition costs for the first-year may vary based on elective courses taken. Tuition costs for the second and third years may vary based on the number of units the program requires and the student elects to take. To find out more to learn about program requirements for the second and third years, see the USC Catalogue.