Financing Your Education

Tuition Costs

Tuition cost for the program can be found here. In Fall 2023 the cost per unit of our program is $1,615.

The M.S. Applied Economics program consists of 36 graduate units. Your unit (credit) load depends on your choice of courses every semester. This does not include any "special requirement courses" that some students may be required to take (if indicated on acceptance letter). This total also does not include textbooks, housing, living expenses, etc.


Unfortunately, the program has only a limited budget for scholarship funds, just enough to help a few of our students partially defray their tuition expenses. Any scholarship decisions are made and communicated at the same time as admissions. There is no separate application process.

Other scholarship opportunities will be communicated, as and if available, by USF or the department. A scholarship that is promoted yearly (in the Spring) to incoming grad students in the College of Arts and Science is The Schmidt Family Foundation fellowship, which is awarded to students who focus their research on topics related to the environment, sustainability, agriculture, and food security.

Non-USF financial aid: Examples of additional Financial Aid Resources not associated with USF.

Financial Aid

Domestic students are eligible for financial aid, primarily Federal loans at a fixed interest rate. If you plan to finance your education with financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. To be eligible for loans, students must be registered at least half-time in the applicable semester. Many students and parents use private student loans as another resource to help fund educational costs. Most private loan programs require a creditworthy co-signer. 

For more information on lenders, visit the Office of Financial Aid at Lone Mountain 203, the financial aid website or call  (415) 422-3387. Email: Fax: (415) 422-6084.


For information about on-campus jobs related to the economics department, please see here.

Information about other on-campus jobs is here.

Payment Plan

The Payment Plan is available for the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.

o    Fall Payment Dates: August 1st, September 1st, October 1st, November 1st

o    Spring Payment Dates: January 1st , February 1st, March 1st, April 1st

o    Summer Payment Dates: May 1st, June 1st, July 1st

The Payment Plan provides a convenient method for paying educational expenses through regularly scheduled payments. For more information regarding the payment plan, please contact the Student Accounts office at, or for more general billing matters, or call 415-422-3387.