U.S. Active Duty Military & Veterans

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s DEN@Viterbi online delivery method provides the opportunity for active duty military personnel and veterans to complete a master’s degree or graduate certificate program online from any location in the world. USC Viterbi is currently Ranked #2 for both the Best Online Graduate Engineering Program for Veterans - across 40+ programs - and Best Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).

#2 Ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Program for Veterans

U.S. News and World Report, 2021

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Military & Veterans Student Support

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Military Funding & Scholarships

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How to Apply & Application Fee Waiver

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Unlimited Yellow Ribbon Awards

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon awards to eligible U.S. veteran candidates.

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Webinar for U.S. Military & Veteran Prospective Graduate Engineering Students - Wed, October 27, 2021 @ 17:00 PT

Join USC Viterbi to learn about the funding and support provided to U.S. active duty military and veterans, the flexibility of our online DEN@Viterbi delivery method, enrollment options, FAQs, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with a USC Viterbi representative.

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Student Support

The 8 Keys

USC is committed to the 8 keys in supporting veterans as they pursue their education and employment goals:

1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
6. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.

USC Veterans Certification Office

The USC Veterans Certification Office certifies enrollment for USC students who apply and are eligible for educational assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The office forwards enrollment certifications to regional offices of the VA, provides assistance to students with problems related to the VA’s educational (or covered) programs, and maintains a reference file on all VA students for up to three years.

Please contact the USC Veterans Certification Office at (213) 740-4619; email vets@usc.edu; or visit the USC Veterans Certification page for more information.

USC Military & Veterans Initiatives

For over 100 years, USC has continuously supported the U.S. Military. We encourage you to visit the USC Military & Veterans website to learn more about USC's longstanding history with the U.S. Military, information on military-related programs at USC, student academic, housing, and funding resources, military-related News & Events and more.

Military Funding & Scholarships

Military & Veteran Funding

USC supports students through the following programs which provide assistance to U.S. active duty military, veterans, and military dependents. Eligible USC students may claim the following programs:

USC supports the following U.S. Military & Veteran Programs
CHAPTER 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill® for Active Duty
CHAPTER 31: Voc Rehab
CHAPTER 32: VEAP (Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program)
CHAPTER 33: Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® 
– Yellow Ribbon Program
CHAPTER 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
CHAPTER 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill® for Selected Reserve
CHAPTER 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Yellow Ribbon Awards

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon awards to eligible candidates which can provide funding for the majority of your graduate program.

What is the selection process for the Yellow Ribbon Program at USC?

  • You must be entitled to the 100% Post 9/11 benefit rate (based on service requirements). 
  • You must be admitted to the University of Southern California and registered in classes.
  • You must submit all documents required by the USC Office of Veterans Affairs.

More info and required documents: Yellow Ribbon Requirements

Calculating Tuition Costs

To help calculate your estimated tuition costs, please use the US Department of Veteran's Affairs GI Bill Comparison Tool. Please be sure to indicate "University of Southern California" in the school information section.

Scholarships & Financial Aid


How to Apply & Application Fee Waiver

Application Fee Waiver

U.S. active duty military personnel and veterans who wish to apply for formal admission are eligible to receive an application fee waiver.

Eligibility Requirements: You must be an active duty military personnel or veteran. Acceptable documentation include:

1) A copy of your active duty orders if you are currently serving.

2) A copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty if you are a veteran. This option is not available to dependents of military personnel or veterans.

Please see the USC Graduate Application Fee Waivers page for details on how to request the waiver before submitting your application.

How to Apply

Find out the steps for how to apply for formal admission to a USC Viterbi master's degree or graduate certificate program today!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)