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Financing Your Education

Financial assistance for full-time master’s degree business students, including international students, is available from the Darla Moore School of Business in the form of fellowships, fee reductions, and work grants. These are awarded on the basis of merit. Exceptional applicants may receive a combination of awards.

The Academic Common Market (ACM): This program was established to help out-of-state students reduce the monetary investment needed for graduate studies. Under the ACM agreement, a non-resident student may pay in-state tuition, provided the institution they wish to attend is a member of the ACM and no comparable program is available within their state of legal residency. Of the member states of the ACM, some offer an MHR program; thus, residents of those states would not be eligible for the reduced costs for out-of-state programs.

The states that qualify for the Academic Common Market for the MHR Program are:

  • Arkansas 
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia

For the most current and accurate information and for instructions on how to apply, visit the Academic Common Market. When prompted, input “Master of Human Resources" as your program search. Once the ACM certification application has been approved by the home state’s organization, the candidate should contact the MHR Program admissions representative and send a copy of the certification.

Federal loan programs are available to graduate business students through the USC Student Financial Aid Office. The priority deadline to apply is late February or early March. For details, call 1.803.777.8134 or visit their Web site.

International students should visit the International Students Services Web site for additional information concerning funding opportunities.

Other opportunities: For a selected list of national fellowships and scholarships, please visit the Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs.


Fellowships are highly competitive and are awarded to incoming master's students with outstanding academic and/or professional accomplishments. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to, leadership potential based on community service and extracurricular activities, standardized test scores, academic background, and work experience.

The Darla Moore Fellowship Program, established in 2000 and named after the school's leading benefactor, are awards for highly qualified incoming Master's students.

Master of Human Resources - All students admitted to the program are considered for fellowships.  These are competitive within the class and the amounts can vary greatly. 

Other financial assistance resources for U.S. and international candidates

  • Access Group No-Fee Student Loans: Federal Stafford Loans for graduate and professional students. Loans for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. For additional information go online or call 1.800.282.1550.
  • Graduate Incentive Fellowship Program: This fellowship is to aid in the financial need of African-American graduate students to attend the University of South Carolina. For additional information view or download the Graduate Incentive Fellowship Program PDF.
  • Fulbright: Many international students have come to the Moore School on Fulbright scholarships. The Fulbright Commission has offices all over the world.
    "As an international student, your possibilities during the Internship are endless. I am from Costa Rica. I did my internship with DHL Worldwide Express in the UK and worked in a project in Eastern Europe. I did all of this during one semester full of real challenges in a truly international environment. What other program can give you this?" - Paul Brealy, Costa Rica (MIBS '02)
  • EduPass
  • Other Sources for Internationals (PDF doc requires Adobe Acrobat reader)
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators NAFSA serves the field of international education -- professionals in international education, institutions of higher education, and international and U.S. study abroad students -- by providing grant and scholarship opportunities. More information and detail may be found online:
    • In Latin American and the Caribbean
      • The Leadership Fellowship Program for Latin America and the Caribbean is a program founded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation administered by LASPAU, Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas. More details about the fellowship may be found online.
      • The Leo S. Rowe Fund grants student loans to competent persons from Latin America and Caribbean countries, members of the Organization of American States, to help them finance their higher education studies in the United States, with the understanding that, upon completing those studies, they will be in a position to give their respective countries the benefit of their training. 
    • In Chile:
    • In Colombia:
      • Colfuturo is a non-profit organization with an endowment of more than $15 million donated by a group of private and public Colombian institutions.The main purpose of Colfuturo is to assist Colombian students wishing to enroll in a graduate program anywhere in the world. More information about Colfuturo may be found online.