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Tuition Reimbursement

If your employer reimburses you for tuition at the end of each term, you may be eligible for a Tuition Reimbursement deferment.

  • In order to participate in the tuition reimbursement program you must have your supervisor or personnel officer write a memo on company stationery stating that you are employed by that company and will be reimbursed for tuition at the end of the term. A new letter is required each semester.
  • You are required to pay 25% of your tuition plus 100% of all fees, including lab fees, plus a non-refundable service charge of four percent of the deferred amount. The balance of your tuition will be deferred until January 25 for fall terms and April 25 for spring terms. Interest is not charged during the deferment period. If your account is not paid in full when due, it will be subject to additional finance charges.
  • You will be required to sign a promissory note in order to receive the deferment. If you do not pay for the deferment by the due date, collection efforts will proceed against you, not your employer. Failure to complete the class or your termination from the company from which you expect to receive tuition reimbursement in no way nullifies this agreement. You are responsible for paying the deferment regardless of your grade(s) or employment status.
  • You must contact Student Financial Services for a promissory note. And also provide the data sheet/credit application and the letter from your employer to Student Financial Services prior to the settlement deadline for each semester to avoid any late fees or finance charges on your student account. In order to apply for a Tuition Reimbursement deferement, please contact Student Financial Services at 213-740-4077, or, or in person at PSB-100 to request these documents.  See the Schedule of Classes for deadlines and additional settlement information.

    USC Student Financial Services
    1150 W. Jefferson Blvd, PSB-101
    Los Angeles, Ca 90089-1054

Agency Billing

USC students who are sponsored by a company (such as Boeing), a local, state, federal, or international governmental agency, or branch of the US military may be eligible to have all or a portion of their bills sent directly to the sponsor. In order to qualify for this program, the sponsor may not require completion of the class or verification of grade as a condition of payment. Payment by the sponsor is due upon receipt of the bill.
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Tuition Assistance Program (for eligible USC faculty & staff)

Employees must submit their TAB forms before the start of every semester (including summer).
Dependents, spouses and domestic partners need only submit a TAB form their first semester.

The Tuition Assistance Program provides USC tuition payments for eligible faculty and staff and their spouses and children. The amount of tuition payment varies based on who is taking the class, the type of class, and the maximum number of units eligible for assistance. Tuition assistance is limited to tuition, and does not apply to any fees. Tuition Assistance forms & Dependant Certifications must be refiled by early January of each calendar year. For more information, please go to the USC Benefits website at: .

529 (Education Savings Plan) Tuition Payment

In general, a 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. It is named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code which created these types of savings plans in 1998. 529 Plans can be used to meet costs of qualified colleges nationwide. In most plans, your choice of school is not affected by what state your 529 savings plan is from. However, you should check with your 529 plan administrator:

  1. to see if there are any state or other restrictions which would prevent payments to USC
  2. to find out how much additional time they will require to insure that we will receive your payment in time. Payments should be mailed at least 5-10 business days before the settlement deadline if mailed within the continental U.S., (allow more time for HI, AK and international mail) to avoid late fees and penalties.
  3. Also, it is very likely that payments from your 529 plan (ie: checks) must be made payable directly to USC.

No USC employee is authorized to advise you regarding tax questions. Please contact a tax professional if you have any questions.

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