USC announces a tuition increase for the 2019-20 school year

The university will hold a forum discussing how the tuition increase will impact students.

USC tuition will increase by 3.5 percent in the upcoming school year, according to a press release published Monday afternoon. Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year will total $57,256, up from $55,320 tuition for the current school year. These amounts do not include the cost of fees, which totaled $1,863 this past year.

In 2018, USC was the ninth most expensive school in the nation with Columbia, the University of Chicago and Vassar ranking as the top three, according to U.S. News and World Report.

USC will hold a forum this Tuesday in the Tutor Campus Center Ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m addressing tuition costs, a March 6 email sent to the university by Interim President Wanda Austin announced. The forum will focus on two questions: "How can the university balance its goal of controlling tuition increases with its goal of providing a top-tier educational experience to the USC community?" and "How do we care for our entire USC community, both inside and outside the classroom?"

The release was originally marked for publication Tuesday, but was made public on the USC Press Room website early.