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Tuition and Financial Aid
Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) Degree

We know that pursuing a graduate degree requires a major commitment of both time and financial resources. During the inaugural year of the MDR degree, all admitted students will receive a Dean's Scholarship award.

If you are admitted to our MDR degree (27 units) during the 2017-18 academic year, you can expect the remaining annual tuition cost, after the Dean's Scholarship is applied, to be $58,401. Since tuition is charged on a per-unit basis, the scholarship will be apportioned and applied automatically to your tuition bills upon enrollment each semester.

If you choose to enroll in more than the required number of units, you will be subject to additional tuition at the university's published rate, which is adjusted each year.

In addition, all USC MDR applicants receive automatic consideration for our merit-based scholarship awards, in addition to the Dean's Scholarship award. No application is necessary. Those who are awarded a scholarship will be notified upon receiving their offer of admission. Applicants are welcome to submit a brief letter about their scholarship qualifications through LSAC when applying to the MDR program; this is optional and not required.

Fees, which are published annually in July, will be assessed separately. Students will be required to pay all mandatory fees set by the university and USC Gould.

Paying for Your Degree

USC's Office of Student Financial Services offers numerous payment options, including an interest-free USC Payment Plan for tuition, fees, university housing, meals and other charges, paid in monthly installments.

Students can pursue on-campus, part-time employment to supplement living expenses. Open jobs are posted on ConnectSC.

Federal Loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to pay for school through loans from the U.S. government must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA can be completed as early as January 1 of the year in which you intend to enroll, and should be completed as early as possible. USC's school code is 001328.

Do not delay your FAFSA submission because you have not yet filed your federal income tax return. Instead, use your best estimates of income. To electronically sign your FAFSA, you will need your four-digit federal PIN. If you do not have one or do not remember your PIN, you can request a new or duplicate one with the U.S. Department of Education.

After you have successfully completed FAFSA, you will receive an electronic notification from USC Gould Financial Aid with information and instructions on the federal loan application process.

Private Loans

USC's Office of Financial Aid offers information about private educational loans.