College of Arts and Sciences

Financial Aid and Tuition – Graduate Programs

A graduate education is a significant investment in your future. There are financial aid opportunities available for students. If admitted to a graduate program, the OneStop/Financial Aid Office at the University of San Francisco can help you explore options for financing your graduate studies.

Federal Student Loans for U.S. Students

All U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible for a federal Stafford loan of $20,500 for each year of graduate studies (unless if you have defaulted on a previous federal student loan). In addition to the federal Stafford loan program, the federal Grad PLUS loan program can cover remaining tuition and living expenses for U.S. graduate students less any other aid (e.g., USF scholarship and Stafford loan) the student has been awarded.

Please begin the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process as early as possible, if possible even before applying to a university graduate program. The application process for these loans can take up to 8 weeks. An applicant can choose to accept all, part, or none of the student loan package offered by these loan programs.

First Step: To apply for the Stafford and/or Grad Plus loans, begin the FAFSA process for U.S. federal student loans at The school code for USF is 001325. A credit check is required for Grad PLUS loans. Contact the One Stop/Financial Aid Office at USF at 415.422.2020 or by email at onestop@usfca.edufor further information. Starting or completing this free loan application process does not obligate a student to take out a student loan.

Please Note: U.S. graduate students are not subject to any undergraduate financial aid deadlines that are posted on USF's Financial Aid/One Stop website. There is no deadline for graduate students when applying for federal loans, although interested students are encouraged to begin the FAFSA process as early as possible, even before admission.

USF – Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships

Each of the Arts and Sciences graduate programs at USF offer a limited number of scholarships on a competitive basis, including the M.S. in Analytics Program. These program-based scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $15,000.  A few of the graduate programs (including Biology, Chemistry and the MFA in Writing) also offer Teaching Assistantships. Scholarships and assistantships are awarded according to academic merit.

All applicants to a graduate program, both U.S. and international, are considered for these awards at the time that a graduate program makes an admission decision. No separate application is needed for these awards, except for the Asia Pacific Studies Program. If you receive a scholarship or teaching assistantship, you will be notified by your graduate program in your admission letter.

The Biology and Chemistry Programs offer full-tuition scholarships to almost all admitted students. There is no tuition cost for Biology and Chemistry students. These full-tuition scholarships do not cover living expenses, books, student health insurance, or other non-tuition expenses. The Biology and Chemistry graduate programs also offer Teaching Assistantships to most of their graduate students; these TAs help students cover some living expenses.

International Students – Scholarships

The following is a listing of grants and scholarship opportunities for graduate study by organizations not associated with USF. These organizations provide scholarships, grants and loans to international students to finance graduate education in the United States:

European and Central Asian students

Latin American students

African students

Fellowships and scholarships for women

U.S. Students – Scholarships

The following is a listing of grants and scholarship opportunities for graduate study by organizations not associated with USF. These organizations provide scholarships, grants and loans to domestic U.S. students to help finance graduate studies in the United States:

Fellowships and scholarships for women

Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of San Francisco participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for U.S. Veterans. The V.A. determines the number of slots available for each university, and several Yellow Ribbon awards are available each year for students in the College of Arts and Sciences' graduate programs. For more information, visit Veteran Affairs.

Listserves for Scholarship Searches

Tuition and Fees

Graduate Program Cost per Unit or Semester Estimated Total Units in First Year Estimated First-Year Tuition for 2015-2016 academic year
Analytics $1,245 per unit 29 $36,105
Asia Pacific Studies $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
Biology $1,245 per unit 12 $14,940 ($0 with scholarship)
Biotechnology $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
Chemistry $1,245 per unit 12 $14,940 ($0 with scholarship)
Collegiate Athletics $1,245 per unit 17 $21,165
Computer Science $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
Economics $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
Environmental Management $1,245 per unit 16 $19,920
International and Development Economics $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
International Studies $1,245 per unit 24 $29,880
Museum Studies $1,245 per unit 28 $34,860
Public Affairs $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
Sport Management $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
Urban Affairs $1,245 per unit 18 $22,410
Writing $1,245 per unit 15 $18,675
Please Note: Tuition estimate is based on typical number of units (credits) for one year of studies in each program. Tuition may vary per student according to number of actual enrolled classes.
AGSUSF (Associated Graduate Students of USF) fee of $25 is applied each fall and spring semester for a total annual fee of $50. This fee funds activities and events of the Associated Graduate Students.

Living Costs and Health Insurance

The living costs below are estimated for one year of studies for each program. The student health insurance policy now required of all graduate students is explained below.
& Biology*  
9 Month Programs**
12 Month Programs***
Living Expenses - estimate includes rent (housing), food and student health insurance $11,800 $14,700 $19,000
Other Expenses - estimate includes books and supplies, local transit pass, and personal expenses (Clothing, Laundry, Entertainment, etc.) $4,260 $3,430 $4,260
Total $16,060 $18,130 $23,260
* Living expenses for these programs are reduced by $7,200 because of funds provided by the Biology and Chemistry teaching assistantships.
** 9-month programs include: Asia Pacific Studies, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Management, International and Development Economics, International Studies, Public Affairs, Urban Affairs, and Web Science.
*** 12-month programs include: Analytics, Museum Studies, Sport Management and Writing.
Student Health Insurance – The USF health insurance policy is required for graduate students, unless if a student is covered by equivalent insurance coverage. USF health insurance is charged for fall (Aug 1 - Dec 31) enrolled students and spring (Jan 1 - Jul 31) enrolled students. It is not charged or required for students who start their program in the summer until the fall enrollment period begins August 1. An explanation of the Opt-Out policy is provided at this website.

Payment Plans

Administration of payment policies, billing, methods of payment, payment plans, and refunds are the responsibility of the Student Accounts Office in One Stop. The One Stop Office in Lone Mountain Room 251 may be reached by phone at 415.422.2020 or by email at Visit the One Stop Office at Please click here for information about payment plans.

Student Employment at USF

The University offers a significant number of student jobs on campus. Both U.S. and international students are eligible for student employment and can apply for these jobs once enrolled at the university.