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MCOM Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

Tuition and Financial Aid for MS Students

Financial Aid

Graduate Tuition Rates 

The University of South Florida offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the country. The Princeton Review listed USF as a Best Value College in 2021 for providing students with high-quality education and career readiness at an affordable cost. Below are USF's current graduate tuition rates. 

Fall 2024 - Summer 2025

 Residency  Per Credit Hour
 Florida In-State  $431.43
 Out-of-State  $877.17

The average amount of credit hours to complete a master’s degree is 32, not including electives. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog to determine the amount of credits needed to graduate. Some degrees may require additional credit hours.  

Graduate Catalog

Additional information about Tuition & Fees can be found here

Academic Common Market 

Pursue your master’s degree at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine without paying out-of-state tuition If you reside in one of the 16 states that are members of the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) then you are eligible to apply for in-state tuition. The member states include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Residents from non-SREB states are not eligible to apply to Academic Common Market.   

The purpose of the Academic Common Market (ACM) is to provide programs of study to graduate students that are not available in their home state. The student must first be accepted for admission by following the normal admission procedure at the University of South Florida. The student must be accepted as a degree-seeking student in the specified major with a regular admission status. Students with a provisional or non-degree-seeking status at the institution are ineligible for ACM participation. Once your application is processed and you have been admitted to USF, then contact the education commission or council in your state to submit your request to be considered as an Academic Common Market student.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact the SREB and the Academic Common Market to obtain and/or apply for certification. 

Frequently Asked Questions can be found online here.  You can also contact the USF Office of Admissions at

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Financial Aid

The Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs Office does not offer scholarships, fellowships, or graduate assistantships to our incoming master's students. 

However, most students in our master’s degree programs are eligible for some type of federal student assistance, usually in the form of a student loan. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early for a variety of scholarships and fellowships outside of our department, as well as other types of financial aid. The University of South Florida's Office of University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services offers numerous free resources and support services to help students with money management and understanding various types of aid.

To apply for federal, state, and University of South Florida financial assistance, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the renewal application online for fast and efficient processing of your application. The amount of assistance is determined by course load and estimating the total cost of attendance. Listed below are the steps to apply for financial aid.

Step 1: Apply for admission to the graduate program

Prospective students who apply for financial aid should also apply for admission to the University of South Florida. You are not required to wait for formal acceptance to USF to apply for financial aid. It is always recommended to apply early for both financial aid and admission.

Step 2: File a FAFSA

A new FAFSA should be completed each year. USF's priority deadline is January 1st for the following fall. Apply online at Applying by the deadline allows you the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid types possible.

Use our Federal School Code  – 001537

For further assistance with applying for financial aid, please contact USF's Office of University Scholarships and Financial Assistance at (813) 974-4700 or visit

Financial Assistance Search Sites – There are a number of sites that can be used to search for financial assistance. Some of the commonly used sites are below: