Tuition & Financial Aid


The tuition and fees for the USC Gould School of Law 2015-16 LLM Program will be posted in the summer of 2015. The 2014-15 tuition is $55,084 plus the mandatory fees for the academic year. Students should budget $18,000-$25,000 in addition to tuition costs for living expenses, books and school supplies.

USC Gould School of Law LL.M. Scholar Awards

All USC Gould School of Law LL.M. applicants receive full consideration for our limited number of merit-based scholarship awards each year. No application is necessary. Those who are awarded a scholarship will be notified upon receiving their offer of admission. Awards are typically offered in the amount of 10% to 50% of the cost of tuition. While applicants are welcome to submit a brief letter about their scholarship qualifications through LSAC when applying to the LL.M. program, this is not required.

Please contact if you have any scholarship questions.

Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

In addition to the scholarships provided by USC Gould School of Law, applicants are encouraged to seek financial aid funds from additional sources in their home countries. If you would like to receive a list of sample international scholarship opportunities, please request the information by emailing:

Tuition Payment Plan Option

The Office of Student Financial Services at USC provides students with information regarding student accounts, tuition payment plans, and payment options. The Student Financial Services Office may be reached at: (213) 740-7471 or by visiting their website.

USC offers a payment plan option. Students can enroll in an interest-free USC Payment Plan to pay for tuition, fees, university housing, meal plans, and other miscellaneous university charges in monthly installments. Detailed information about the plan can be found online at the USC Student Financial Services website listed above.

On-Campus Employment

On-campus employment is available to international students at USC. While students may seek part-time employment to supplement their personal funds, they should not expect to support their tuition and living expenses through on-campus employment. On-campus jobs are posted on the ConnectSC website.

Graduate Employment Positions

USC's Division of Student Affairs offers a number of graduate employment positions in various campus departments. These part-time positions are open to students admitted to any of USC's graduate and professional programs, although there may be specific criteria for each position. Compensation for these positions varies. To learn more about these positions and to access the online application, visit the Graduate Student Employment Opportunities website. Be sure to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to answer any questions about graduate employment positions. For further assistance, you may email

Seminar Work -- Continuing Legal Education Events

LL.M. and M.C.L. students have the opportunity to apply to work for day-long Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events held throughout the academic year by USC Gould School of Law. CLE Institutes are offered in the areas of Entertainment Law and Business, Trust and Estate, Corporate Counsel, Tax, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate Law and Business. For more information about our CLE events, please click here.

Research Assistant Positions

USC Gould School of Law faculty members often times seek student Research Assistants (RAs) to help with their scholarly work. LLM and MCL students may apply for RA positions that are posted on the USC Gould School of Law Symplicity website, a password-protected site to which all USC law students have access after the academic year begins. The number of RA positions available varies per year, and the type and duration of each position is different.

Student Fellows

USC Gould School of Law offers LL.M. and M.C.L. students an opportunity to apply for Student Fellow positions with the Center for Law, History & Culture and within the LL.M. Legal Writing program.

Grants, Other Scholarships and Financing Programs

For information about grants and scholarships open to international graduate students, click here. For links to additional funding sources for international graduate students, click here. You may also apply for certain private financing programs. Contact each lender directly for citizenship requirements.

Student Loans

Federal student loans are available to LL.M. and M.C.L. students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Loans are money you borrow that must be repaid with interest, and may involve extra fees. USC Law participates in several federal low-interest loan programs for students. Some of these loans are need-based, while others are not. For details, see the description for each program.

Federal Stafford Loan: Eligible graduate/professional students can borrow up to $20,500 per year in low-interest loans offered by the federal government through the Department of Education. Direct Stafford Loans have a fixed interest rate of 6.8% and repayment begins six months after graduation, or after enrollment drops to less than half-time. This is an unsubsidized loan, meaning interest will begin to accrue upon disbursement and is the borrower's responsibility.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan: One option for financing remaining costs is the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. This loan enables law students to borrow up to the cost of attendance, less any other financial aid received. The interest rate is a fixed rate of 7.9% and approval of this loan does require a credit check to be completed. This is an unsubsidized loan, meaning interest will begin to accrue upon disbursement and is the borrower's responsibility. Payments of principal and interest can be deferred while the borrower is enrolled in school at least half-time. Repayment begins six months after graduation, or after enrollment drops to less than half-time.

Private Educational Loans: Another option for non-eligible students who need to finance their costs is private educational loans offered by lenders. Private loans can cover up to the cost of attendance, less any other financial aid received. One major difference is that they have a variable interest rate which is determined by the lender upon review of the student's credit history. Most lenders require a co-signer who is a U.S. Citizen.

Student Loan Application Process

To determine eligibility status and initiate the financial aid process, students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application can be completed as early as January 1st of the year in which you intend to enroll. USC's school code is 001328. Do not delay submission of the FAFSA 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 you 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 the FAFSA, you will receive an electronic notification from the USC Gould School of Law School Financial Aid Office with additional information and instructions on the federal loan application process.


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