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Consistently ranked as the world's best institution of its kind, the School of Cinematic Arts is a place where learning happens through creating, where innovative media makers and scholars find a supportive environment in which to fully develop their vision, and where innovative ideas and research that change the media landscape begin.

We aim to find, enroll and retain talented students who are passionate about creating media that can move and inspire audiences everywhere. The students occupying our buildings today will be creating the new realities of tomorrow.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The School of Cinematic Arts offers scholarships and financial aid to help undergraduate and graduate students pay for their cost of education. These funds, from private individual donors, corporations and foundations, are for direct student support and do not have to be repaid.

All applicants are encouraged to apply for SCA scholarships as a part of the Slide Room application for admission. Information provided for the scholarship application has no impact on admission consideration and is reviewed by a separate committee. In order to be considered for SCA scholarships, domestic students are required to apply for Financial Aid at USC. Please visit the USC Financial Aid web page for more information about the financial aid process and application. 

SCA scholarships are reserved specifically for students that qualify based on their merit, financial need, or a combination of the two. Awards are also available for students based on field of study, career interest, members of underrepresented group, or country or origin. In general, SCA awards are modest in amount and can range from $1,000 to $25,000. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

Teacher’s Assistant/Student Assistant or Fellowships
TAships, SAships, and Fellowships can be a great way to enhance your knowledge in your area of study, while gaining hands-on experience. Fellowships are available to support current faculty and outside organizations in the areas of academia, research or a particular area of interest.

A scholarship application will never impact your admissions consideration. USC is need-blind in its admission process — a student’s financial need will never influence an admission decision.

For more information or additional requirements please contact the SCA Office of Student Services at studentservices@cinema.usc.edu.

Download a list of available awards to incoming students (PDF)

FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES

  • Prospective first-year undergraduate students: February 11th 
  • Continuing undergraduate students and prospective transfer students: March 2nd 
  • Incoming and continuing graduate students: May 6th 

COST OF ATTENDANCE

Undergraduates

2021-22 Estimated Cost of Attendance Living On/Off Campus Living with Family/Relatives
Annual Tuition (12-18 units per semester) $60,446 $60,446

Fees $1,057 $1,057
Housing $10,102 $2,500
Dining/meals

$6,630 $3,500
Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200
Personal & Miscellaneous $1,640 $1,640
Transportation $584 $1,920
Total* $81,659 $72,263

*If you are a new student, add $450 New Student Fee for your first semester.
For up-to-date figures, contact the USC Financial Aid Office.

Graduates

2021-22 Estimated Cost of Attendance Living On/Off Campus Living with Family/Relatives
Full-Time (taking 10 units per semester)* $43,28 $43,280
Fees $2,375 $2,375
Housing $12,600 $0
Dining/meals $6,634 $6,634
Books and supplies $900 $900
Personal & Miscellaneous $2,412 $2,412
Transportation $2,610 $2,602
Total** $70,811 $58,211

* Tuition will vary if students take more or less than 10 units per semester.
**If you are a new student, add $55 New Student Fee for your first semester.


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