Graduate ProgramsTuition, Financial Aid & Awards

A graduate education is a significant investment in yourself and your future. At USC, we are committed to working with you to meet all of your demonstrated financial needs through fellowships, along with government and private loans.

Tuition, Fees & Expenses

To assist with your financial planning, the following is provided as an estimated budget for an average student entering in fall. While living expenses vary, this is the standard estimate used in determining financial need.

Master of Fine Arts

Financial Aid

Your personal resources for financing your education are not considered in our admission decisions. Once you are admitted, the Office of Financial Aid will determine your financial need and create an aid package based on a variety of factors. For our MFA domestic candidates, the USC School of Dramatic Arts offers a generous financial support of 75 percent tuition to offset the cost of attendance.

USC fellowships are available to international students and are offered on a competitive basis. Please refer to the USC International Artist Fellowship for more information.


Thanks to the generosity of friends and alumni, the School of Dramatic Arts is able to provide awards to some of our exceptional graduate students. For instance, the Ava Greenwald Memorial Award – which is endowed by family and friends in memory of Ava Greenwald, a graduate of the MFA program. It is an annual award for the outstanding graduating actor as selected by a professional panel of judges.

To be considered for an award, all you need to do is apply. For more information, please contact:

Office of Admissions & Student Services

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