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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.

Tuition for 2019-20 for full-time students will be charged on a flat rate basis and is $66,306 plus mandatory fees, which are detailed below. Tuition for 2019-20 for part-time students will be charged on a per unit basis and is $2,564 per unit plus mandatory fees, which are detailed below. If you would like an estimate of your full-time or your part-time tuition and fees along with living expenses, books and supplies, please contact us at adr@law.usc.edu

2019-20 Tuition and Fee Schedule

The figures below represent the cost for a full academic year. These fees are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted.

Tuition $66,306 (flat rate up to 30 units)
USC Health Center Fee $733
Graduate & International Programs Fee (Fall only) $175
Graduate Programming Fee $86
Student Bar Association Fee $50
Norman Topping Scholarship Fee $16
USC Health Insurance Plan (Can be waived, if proof of coverage provided)* $2,118 (fall = $753; spring/summer = $1,365)
Tuition Refund Insurance (Optional) $240
Parking Permit (Optional) $1,000 (estimate)
USC Dental Insurance (Optional) $136 (fall only, but coverage is for the full year)

*International Students: Please note that most international health insurance plans are not accepted. Thus, most international students purchase the USC Health Insurance Plan. Your insurance plan must meet the minimum requirements to support your visa as well as the criteria listed here.

Note: Your admission commitment deposit ($500) will be credited towards your fall tuition and fees.

USC Gould Scholarships

All students admitted to our ADR programs will be considered automatically for merit scholarships and housing stipends. These awards range in amounts up to approximately 50 percent of tuition. Those who are awarded a scholarship will be notified upon receiving their offer of admission.

Outside Scholarships

USC's Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships oversees a number of scholarship, fellowship, and other funding opportunities for graduate students, many of which are open to students in USC Gould's Graduate & International Programs. You may search the Awards and Fellowship Database for opportunities specific to your interests.

Germany and Mexico offer graduate scholarships to students enrolled at USC Gould.

We also encourage you to explore financial aid from additional sources in the U.S. or your home country. In order to assist you, we have set forth a list of outside scholarship resources for your reference. While we do not have further information on these organizations nor do we endorse any, we do encourage students to contact the organizations themselves for more information.

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). The FAFSA can be completed as early as October 1 of the year prior to the year in which you intend to enroll, and should be completed as early as possible. USC's school code is 001328.

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

Private Loans

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