Financial Information

Both the University of Southern California and the School of Cinematic Arts offer students several options to help assist them to fund their educational expenses. Among them are:

Financial Aid

USC administers one of the largest financial aid programs in the United States, with many options available for undergraduates, graduates & professionals, international students, and those with special circumstances.

Undergraduate Students may find the USC Financial Aid Webinar helpful to understand the financial aid process.

To find out more about financial aid for Graduate students, please visit the USC Financial Aid Web page.

Scholarships and Grants

USC maintains a number of prestigious scholarship programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. To learn more about the various programs and application procedures, please visit the USC Financial Aid Scholarship web page.

A full list of university sponsored awards can also be found downloaded here.

The School of Cinematic Arts also offers numerous scholarships to Cinematic Arts majors. For more information about scholarships and the application procedures, please see the SCA Scholarships and Grants web page.

Student Aid Webinars

As you are awaiting your admission decision, you should also be preparing to apply for financial aid at USC. We want to make sure that you are aware of the financial aid process and the various forms of student aid available at USC and the School of Cinematic Arts. While you may be just starting to think about applying to USC and SCA, we want to make sure that you are aware of opportunities that you should be looking into now and in the early part of next fall, even before you submit your application and well before you receive your admission decision. It's never too early to start financially planning for your education!

In the fall, the School of Cinematic Arts offers online information sessions to help address your questions regarding scholarships available from USC and the School of Cinematic Arts, as well as to provide you with general information and deadlines for the USC Financial Aid process.

Sessions will be offered for both prospective undergraduate and graduate applicants; please return to this page in the fall to review the scheduled webinars for Fall 2013 and register for upcoming sessions.

Please Note: This session is offered by the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is purely informational. Please refer to all communication from the USC Office of Financial Aid to ensure that you meet all university deadlines. Also, Undergraduate Applicants, please view the online webinar below for specifics on the USC Financial Aid process.

Graduate Fellowships

The USC Graduate School offers a variety of fellowships to MA, MFA, and PhD candidates, some of which do not require applications; instead, faculty committees nominate students for these awards. The nomination process takes place each spring for the following academic year.

The USC Graduate School website also provides information on fellowships awarded by external sources. Please note, not all of these fellowship are accepted by the School of Cinematic Arts. If you are interested in applying for external fellowships, please contact the School of Cinematic Arts Office of Student Services about approved fellowships before you apply.

For more information on fellowships, please visit the USC Graduate School website.

Assistantships and Hourly Positions

There are various types of assistantships available within the School of Cinematic Arts, which differ from division to division. The assistantships and the limited number of fellowships are available to graduate students only. All positions are filled on a semester-by-semester basis and may include partial tuition remission. There are also hourly positions, typically available through the school and includes projectionist, messenger, tech support, stockroom or post-production attendant, and office assistant. Some positions exist for clerical or production assistants to Cinematic Arts faculty.

Information for International Students

While International students are not eligible for Federal Student Aid, they do qualify for most of the School of Cinematic Arts scholarships. International Graduate students also qualify for certain USC Graduate School fellowships, School of Cinematic Arts production grants, and assistantships from various SCA Academic Divisions. As International Students are not eligible for Federal Student Loans, they are encouraged to seek additional funding from outside sources, such as home country businesses, and special governmental departments and organizations.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Services at 213.740.2666.

Tuition and Fees

University-estimated cost of attendance for Undergraduate students, can be viewed here.

University-estimated cost of attendance for Graduate Students can be viewed here.
Please bear in mind that these are estimates, actual costs will vary by student and program.

Graduate Students at the School of Cinematic Arts typically enroll in 8-10 units per semester on average, and are assessed tuition at a slightly different rate from the general graduate population. Additionally, estimated budgets for students in some programs may be higher due to course enrollment, special course-related laboratory, insurance, and supply fees, or other additional costs incurred by all students in the program. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state residents, as well as international students.

For a full breakdown of tuition and fee charges, please consult the USC Student Financial Services Web page.