The mandatory Student Transportation Fee is assessed similarly to USC ‘s other mandatory fees. If you are a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in at least one unit during a given semester in ANY session that has ANY on-campus component in Los Angeles (including hybrid courses, those scheduled by your department with a location as “OFFICE,” etc.), you will be assessed the fee. The LA Metro service area (as defined by maps online at their website) is a further determinant of in-person class locations which are subject to the fee; it is not restricted to the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. We actively work with the USC Registrar’s office to identify courses that may be set up in incorrect sessions; if your class is truly a 100% online course but is set up incorrectly in the Student Information System, we cannot change that. Please have your Department work with the Registrar’s Office directly to get it fixed.

PLEASE NOTE: As with other mandatory fees, statements of financial hardship, or that you do not use the services covered by the fee, are NOT determining factors in whether it will be assessed. Enrollment in ANY course in ANY session that has the fee associated to it is the primary determinant.



ALL waiver requests will be processed after the week 3 drop/add deadline for Fall 2024 (Friday, September 13) has passed.

As indicated above, financial hardship or not using any or all the services supported by the fee is not a determining factor in whether the fee is assessed. Attesting that you cannot afford the fee, or that you do not use the USC Lyft program, ride USC Buses or take public transit is NOT sufficient reason to request a waiver. If you believe there are other, extenuating circumstances that may warrant a waiver request for Fall, please complete this online form. In order to give departments as much time as possible to make course adjustments, and to reduce duplicate processing due to courses being dropped/added, we will review all waiver applications AFTER the USC drop/add deadline for the given semester (September 13 for Fall 2024).

If you have any questions, please email us at auxtrans@usc.edu.