Active Military and 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 an online Master’s degree or graduate certificate program from any location in the world. Over 40 master’s degrees and graduate certificates are available completely online in a variety of engineering disciplines. 

#1 Ranked Online Graduate Engineering Program for Veterans

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#1 Ranked Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans

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Unlimited Yellow Ribbon Awards

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon awards to eligible candidates (max. of $10,000/year) which can provide funding for the majority of your graduate program.

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Student Support

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Student Support

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

The 8 Keys

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 Veterans Administration. The office also processes all applications and forwards enrollment certifications to regional offices of the Veterans Administration, provides assistance to students with problems that relate to the Veterans Administration educational (or covered) programs, and maintains a reference file on all VA students for up to 3 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.

Funding

USC supports students through a variety of military and veteran funding options. USC participates in the following programs to provide assistance to active duty military, veterans, and military dependents. Eligible USC students may claim the following programs.

USC Supports the following 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)
ROTC Benefits

Yellow Ribbon Awards

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon awards to eligible candidates (max. of $10,000/year) 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 admitted to the University of Southern California and registered in classes.
– You must submit all documents required by the USC Office of Veterans Affairs.
For required documents: Yellow Ribbon Requirements

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.

For information on the current costs for USC Viterbi Master’s students (residential and DEN@Viterbi) see our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships
Military and veteran students are eligible to receive scholarships and financial aid in addition to funding received from a military/veteran program. Active military, veteran, and ROTC students can be considered for both:

– Federal Need-Based Aid: Includes Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, and Pell Grants
– University Aid: Includes USC’s merit scholarships, the University Grant, and graduate assistantships and fellowships

Please see the Graduate Funding page for information on scholarships and financial aid.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

YES. DEN@Viterbi provides the opportunity for you to complete your program from any location in the world, and many active duty military personnel have completed their graduate programs via DEN@Viterbi. In order to complete your graduate program, students would need to meet the minimum technical requirements (High Speed Internet, Windows Media Player, and Adobe PDF reader).
YES. The Registration Department will work with you on your next steps (course enrollment, tuition, etc.), depending on the date of your deployment and the week of the academic semester. Contacting your advisor to request a Leave of Absence is also required.
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.

For information on the current costs for USC Viterbi Master’s students (residential and DEN@Viterbi) see our Tuition and Fees page.

No. USC does not participate in the Advance Payment Program for veterans.
YES.The USC Veterans Certification Office certifies enrollment for USC students who apply and are eligible for educational assistance administered by the Veterans Administration. The office also processes all applications and forwards enrollment certifications to regional offices of the Veterans Administration, provides assistance to students with problems that relate to the Veterans Administration educational (or covered) programs, and maintains a reference file on all VA students for up to 3 years.

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