Financial Aid and Fees
Students attending the Washington Semester program will register for 16 units of off-campus coursework and will pay tuition and fees directly to USC.
Since students will be registered at USC, all of their USC grants, loans and scholarships may be used. Students receiving financial aid at USC should talk to the USC Financial Aid Office about their individual circumstances as it is sometimes possible to:
- convert College Work Study money to loan money
- increase loan eligibility due to increased housing expenses in Washington
- increase loan eligibility due to additional travel expenses
Students expecting a loan check that needs to be endorsed by them and USC should indicate someone as their power of attorney to pick up their loan check and mail it to them. Students can also assign a USC Price Student Affairs Advisor as their power of attorney by contacting:
Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 108
Tel: (213) 740-4127
Another option is to set up a direct deposit into a bank account. This can be done at the Cashier’s Office.
Additionally, students expecting a loan check should ask the Financial Aid Office to defer their tuition before they leave for Washington so that they do not incur late fees at USC.
USC Tuition (flat rate): Please see the Schedule of Classes or the USC Catalogue for the USC tuition rate.
Student Health Insurance
USC requires that all students provide proof of health insurance. Since many students receive coverage under a non-USC plan, USC Health Insurance is not automatically applied to the student’s account. Students wishing USC Health Insurance need to contact the USC Student Health Insurance office at (213) 740-0551. They will be billed for an “off-campus” health insurance policy. Students will not be billed for the Student Health Center.
Estimated Housing Expenses
USC students attending the Washington Semester program at The George Washington University (GWU) live in residence halls on campus and pay housing directly to GWU. Each room includes a kitchen and is equipped with cable and a computer hook-up. Most have separate dining areas and living rooms. Classrooms, the library, the subway and athletic center are within a five to 10-minute walk from the residence halls.
Costs vary by semester and location. For Spring semester 2014 the estimated cost of housing is $6,510 (16 weeks).
The USC Alumni Club of the Nation’s Capital offers the Washington Intern Scholarship Program to assist USC undergraduates who intern in a Congressional office or other public affairs-related internship approved by the Washington Semester program. Internships are an excellent way to learn about the governmental process, understand more about federal policy and determine whether a job in government or a related field is right for you.
The number of scholarships and the amount awarded each year varies. Study in Washington, D.C. must be undertaken during the spring semester of the academic year during which the application is submitted, in conjunction with USC’s official Washington Semester program. The award is contingent upon the acceptance of the applicant into USC’s Washington Semester program, as well as upon completion of the internship. Recipients are required to take part in events sponsored by the USC Alumni Club of the Nation’s Capital.
A scholarship application will be available for applicants to the Washington Semester program.