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In addition to financial aid available through the federal government, third-party organizations provide a range of other options designed to help students pay for their education. Check your program of interest below for possible scholarship and grant opportunities:

Tuition Support for Veterans

Yellow ribbon schools, such as the University of San Diego, offer support to veterans through yearly scholarship money that is then matched dollar for dollar by the VA.

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What is the tuition for the master’s degree programs?

Tuition for USD’s master’s degree programs is based on a per unit fee. There are no additional fees for international students or non-California residents, since we are a private, tuition-based institution. Please refer to the page describing your program of interest for the current cost per unit.

Is financial aid available?

One of the University of San Diego’s highest priorities is to ensure that sufficient financial support is available to all eligible students. The first step in applying for aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at USD’s FAFSA School Code is 010395.

Visit USD’s Financial Aid webpage for a list of deadlines, requirements and instructions for applying for financial aid.

What fees are required for the program?

Check with an Enrollment Advisor for the most current fees. The Application Fee is $45. Online degree students are not responsible for the following:

What support do you provide to help me complete my master’s degree program?

Here at USD, you’re never treated like a number. From undivided attention with faculty to one-on-one admission and program counseling, our goal is to personalize your entire experience, surround you with support and ensure your success. Read more about Student Support.

If I am not able to secure financial aid, does USD offer other payment options?

The University of San Diego offers two payment options to assist students in meeting the costs of education. Payment in full and an interest-free Monthly Payment Plan ($50 processing fee/term). Learn more about setting up a monthly payment plan.

How do I defer my undergraduate student loans?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information concerning deferral options, or by reviewing to the Federal Student Loan Repayment FAQ.

Can I get a refund if I don’t start classes?

For students in the online graduate programs both courses must be dropped prior to the first day of the semester to receive a 100% refund, and within the first three days of the semester to receive a 95% refund. No refund will be provided after the third day of the semester.

Students requesting to withdraw after the third day of the semester must withdraw by week five of the course. Students will receive a grade of “W” and no refund will be provided.

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