Financial Aid & Cost
Invest in your USF Degree
The majority of USF students don’t pay the full cost of attendance because they’ve received financial aid. That’s why it’s important to apply for financial aid, even if you don’t think you’re eligible.
First-year students received some form of financial aid in fall 2021
Average merit aid for fall 2021 incoming students
of grad students receive some form of financial aid
Average total aid package for fall 2021 incoming students
Cost of Attendance
The full cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, plus other expenses to keep in mind, like housing, meals, books, and travel.
Undergraduate financial aid
Good news: You’re automatically considered for merit scholarships when you apply to USF. For other types of aid, you’ll file a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.
Graduate financial aid
Many graduate programs at USF offer scholarships and assistantships. You may also qualify for loans if you submit a FAFSA.
Net price calculator
If you’ll be applying as a first-year undergraduate student, use this calculator to estimate your cost to attend USF.
Free money is the best kind of money. Scholarships don’t need to be repaid, and they can be based on your financial need, your academic achievements, or your personal identity.
Types of Aid
- Federal & State Grants
- Federal Work-Study
- Tuition Exchange/FACHEX
- Veterans Benefits
Federal & State Grants
When you file a FAFSA, you’ll be considered for grants based on your financial need. Like scholarships, you don’t need to pay them back.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is an opportunity for you to earn money from an on- or off-campus job. The money you earn from your job goes directly to you, like a regular paycheck.
Based on your FAFSA, you or your parents could qualify for low-interest government loans. You can also apply for private loans. Loans need to be paid back, usually with interest.
If your parent works for a participating college or university, you may be eligible for additional tuition assistance.
The Yellow Ribbon Program can help pay for tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.