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USC Application Fees

Note the following:

  • All fees must be paid when you submit your application, as payment can't be made over the phone. USC only accepts payments via MasterCard or Visa.
  • Once you submit your application, a confirmation message displays. We recommend you print this page, as it serves as your receipt which includes your payment date, your order number, a list of the programs you paid for, and your payment details. No other payment receipt will be provided.
  • USC accepts a maximum of three applications per term. Applications submitted to more than three programs in the same term will not be considered, and no refunds will be granted.
  • To determine if you qualify for a fee waiver, click here. You can also watch this video to learn more.  

School Name

Application Fee

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

$90.00

Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences

$90.00

Davis School of Gerontology

$90.00

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry

$90.00

Independent Health Professions

$90.00

International Academy

$175.00

Keck School of Medicine

$90.00

Leventhal School of Accounting

$90.00

Marshall School of Business

$155.00

Roski School of Art and Design

$90.00

Rossier School of Education

$90.00

Sol Price School of Public Policy

$90.00

Thornton School of Music

$90.00

USC Neuroscience Graduate Program

$90.00

USC School of Architecture

$90.00

USC School of Cinematic Arts

$90.00

USC School of Dramatic Arts

$90.00

USC School of Pharmacy

$90.00

USC School of Social Work

$90.00

Viterbi School of Engineering

$90.00

Coupon Codes

Some programs provide coupons that offset application fees. If you received a coupon code from your program, use the information below to apply it to your payment.

Note that coupon codes cannot be redeemed after an application has been submitted. Additionally, if you miss a program deadline due to waiting for a coupon code, you must request a deadline extension from your program, not USC.

Using a Coupon Code

You can apply your coupon code(s) when you are ready to submit your application.

  1. Click the Submit Application tab at the top of the application.
  2. Click Submit, or to submit to more than one program, click Submit All.
  3. On the payment page, enter the coupon code(s) you received from the program(s) under Apply Coupon.
  4. Click the Apply Coupon button.
  5. Complete the rest of the payment details pages.

Note the following:

  • When a coupon code equals the total transaction amount, you don’t need to enter additional payment information.
  • When a coupon code is less than the total transaction amount, you'll need to enter payment information for the additional balance. 
  • When a coupon code is more than the total transaction amount, you don’t need to enter additional payment information. However, you'll forfeit the remaining balance offered by the coupon code, as USC will not issue credits or carry remaining balances forward.
  • Coupon codes cannot be applied to chargeback fees.

If you used a coupon code(s) when submitting to a program(s), the code(s) will be listed under Payment History.

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