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Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Many of our students fund their graduate school education using federal financial aid. By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may be eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per school year.

This means you may be able to complete your degree program with little to no out-of-pocket expenses while you are in school. Once you graduate or stop attending school, you will have a 6-month grace period before repayment begins.

You can access the FAFSA application online. To begin, you will need to create a Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID) at the Federal Student Aid ID website. Note: USD’s FAFSA School Code is 010395.

Please note: USD’s Online graduate degrees offer 6 units per term so they are considered part time or 3/4 time programs.

You will find helpful information on our Graduate Student Financial Aid page.

If you are planning to use financial aid to fund your program, please begin the process as soon as possible to avoid any delays. There is no charge to create an FSA ID, and no effect on your credit unless you accept funds.

If you have questions during the process, please contact the USD Office of Financial Aid at the One Stop Student Center to speak with a financial aid counselor at (619) 260-2700 (option 4) or by sending an email to [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

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, which varies by program. The cost per unit is the same for international students or non-California residents, since we are a private institution. Please visit your program of interest to view specific tuition information.

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:

  • Student health insurance
  • Health service fee
  • Student Association fee
  • Student Life Pavilion fee

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.

Are the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree programs considered full-time or part-time?

All of the University of San Diego’s online graduate degrees provide 6 units per term, making them part-time, or 3/4 time, programs.

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 at the One Stop Student Center for information concerning deferral options, or by referring 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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