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FAQs

Does the scoring program offer financial aid?

At this time the scoring program is able to offer only 4 partial scholarships to its highest ranked applicants. Unfortunately, no other form of grants, scholarships, teaching assistantships, fellowships or work-study opportunities are available. However, limited financial need-based loans are available to US citizens, who can obtain further information by visiting the Office of Financial Aid.

How much does the program cost?

The total cost of tuition and related fees for the year is approximately $51,000. Please also keep in mind that the cost of living in Los Angeles for that year can run between $10,000 and $20,000. Following is a link regarding costs: http://music.usc.edu/admission/finaid/

Can I work a part-time job while enrolled?

The scoring program is extremely intensive, and generally leaves little time for part-time work during the school year. In addition, students are expected to attend all classes, scoring sessions, and other events. Since many of these events happen in the evenings and on weekends, and the schedule changes from week to week, maintaining a job during the school year is logistically very difficult. For these reasons, holding a part-time job while enrolled in the scoring program is highly discouraged.

Do I need a GRE score to apply?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test. Applicants to the scoring program are NOT required to take the GRE.

What are my job prospects after graduating?

We do not have a job placement service; however, the program experience includes the opportunity to meet many industry professionals, which often leads to work prospects.

What gear/hardware/software do I need?

As access to lab time is limited, each student will need his/her own computer and complement of software. Incoming students who do not already have a studio setup are encouraged to discuss the requirements with their instructors at the start of the year, as music technology changes rapidly.