Tuition benefits

Although USC’s Tuition Assistance is one of the university’s most appreciated benefits, working at a major private research university has many educational perks:

For personal development and needs

  • An abundance of free lectures, concerts, and other campus events open to all of us as faculty and staff. The Employee Gateway lists many of these every day.
  • USC employees, by virtue of the university’s status as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization, may qualify for public service student loan forgiveness.

For work

  • Some specialized employees (nurses) are eligible for some reimbursement for job-related coursework offered by accredited schools.
  • Employees may take job-related coursework at USC if tuition is paid by their department, or they may take a class for audit if approved by the academic department in question. (To do so, email the Staff Job-Related Audit form to, and submit the Limited Status program form to the Registrar’s office in the lobby of JHH. See bottom of this page for forms.) Employees who register for a course must abide by the university’s registration deadlines to avoid late registration fees. Note that staff hired on or after January 1, 2019 must complete two years of service before enrolling in a course for audit.
  • Employees have free access to a wealth of training and learning opportunities in TrojanLearn.

For a degree

But the educational benefit that many full-time employees most appreciate is Tuition Assistance – the benefit that allows us to earn a USC degree 100% tuition-free. See Tuition assistance for employees.

The benefit also provides generous tuition help for children and spouses. See Tuition help for your family.