July 22, 2019

Tuition Remission

All postdoctoral scholars on the Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan are entitled to receive up to 20 units of tuition remission for coursework at USC (cannot exceed more than four units in a semester). If the courses that you are taking are related to your job then the tuition remission benefits are exempt from taxes.


  • Postdoctoral Scholars need to get approval from their faculty mentor and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Complete your IDP
  • Complete the Tuition Remission Form


  • Talk to your mentor/supervisor/PI and ask for approval to take a course
  • Complete your IDP
  • Complete your Tuition Remission Form
  • Send your completed IDP and Tuition Remission Form to postdocs@usc.edu by registration deadline


Tuition Remission only covers the cost of tuition, other fees are the responsibility of the Postdoc. These fees include:

  • lab and/or access fees, readers and other course materials
  • Norman Topping Fee
  • USC Student Services Fee
  • Optional: Graduate Programming Fee
  • Paying for the USC Graduate Programming Fee
    • makes you eligible to apply for the USC GSG Travel Grant Program
    • gives you access to USC GSG Free legal counseling services


More information can be found at: https://postdocs.usc.edu/scholars/career-development/tuition-remission/