Graduate Handbook | Finances
Funding – Funding for your graduate work is likely to come from a variety of sources, both internal and external to USC. These are set out for you in the Funding section of the Graduate Studies website. Below is a general overview of ways to finance your graduate education.
Fellowship and TAship – Upon acceptance or shortly thereafter, you will receive information on the financial package being offered by the department. Generally, this will include five years of funding with some combination of fellowship years and TAship years. Included with your package are tuition and health fees along with a stipend. The pay is the same for each, though the responsibilities and tax structure differ. Payment is made a few days before the end of each month.
The College Business Office prior to the start of each semester should automatically enter tuition and health fees paid by fellowships or assistantships into the University’s payment system. If, after the beginning of classes, these have not appeared on your student fee bill, contact Joe Styles or Lori Rogers for immediate help.
All graduate students EXCEPT international students may request direct deposit of their stipends and checks either through USC Payroll Office or the College Business Office. Please note that the College Business Office closes between noon and 1 p.m. every day.
Exceptional Funding from Department – The department has allocated additional funding, available by application, for research or conference travel. You can access the application as a PDF file here.
USC Funding Opportunities – The University and College occasionally offer additional funding opportunities. Watch for emails and other postings or contact the Director of Graduate Studies to find out about upcoming applications.
Outside Funding – As your work progresses, be on the lookout for outside funding opportunities that can defray the cost of research expenses. Many large libraries, historical societies, and professional academic organizations have grant programs to which you might apply. Speak with professors and colleagues about opportunities of which they may be aware. The History Department maintains a partial list of such funding opportunities. The American Historical Association website includes several convenient resources regarding funding opportunities here.
Fees – The fellowship and TAship packages do not cover some minor student fees. You will generally be contacted about these fees at the beginning of each semester. A list of these fees is available with each semester’s Schedule of Classes. You can also check your current balance due by logging into OASIS (Online Academic Student Information System).
Summer – If you enroll in courses over the summer, you will need to pay a small fee for access to the Student Health Center, based on the number of weeks you will be enrolled. The fee amount is listed with the summer semester Schedule of Classes.
Taxes – Be aware that the tax status of your fellowship stipend and your TAship pay may differ. You should note that USC does not withhold payroll taxes from fellowship stipends.