Fee Information:

Application fee: $35 The application fee is required before your application is considered complete. Pay online at our secure portal or mail in a check - we will send you an email confirming receipt of your application that also includes a secure payment link or mail a check made out to "University of Southern California" and mail it to USC SHINE c/o Dr. Katie Mills, 734 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90089.

Attendance Fee$5,300 to be paid in one or two installments after student is admitted 

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SHINE Scholarship Information:

The mission of the USC Viterbi's K-12 STEM Center is to help provide STEM experiences to students, teachers, and schools that are disproportionately underrepresented in STEM; we also support inclusion and diversity within each SHINE cohort. 

SHINE has a limited number of scholarships for students who demonstrate both financial need and academic merit. 

✓  There is a section on the application to request a scholarship and also to upload documentation of financial need (e.g., evidence of federally funded meal assistance, etc.)

Financial need is established by submitted documentation of Title 1 status for public school students or a principal's signed letter of financial need for private school students; other documentation of financial need can be considered on a case by case basis. 

Please note: Final acceptance of all students, regardless of scholarship status, depends upon the professor, as the professor is responsible for the safety and management of the research group under federal funding requirements. 

SHINE also offers application fee waivers for students.
Questions about scholarships or application fee waivers can be sent to

SHINE Application Fee: $35

(can be waived for scholarship applicants, please email

The application fee is required before your application is considered complete. We will email families once the application is complete and include a link to pay the fee on our secure portal; alternatively, see the button to the right to mail a check in to our office. 

Application Fee Due: 

March 14, 2022

SHINE Program Fee: $5,300

to be paid in one, two, or three installments after student is admitted by the dates specified in the offer letter (scholarships are available based on combination of need and merit)
Once a non-scholarship student accepts the offer from a professor to join SHINE, the family will need to submit the non-refundable payments:
  • By date specified in offer letter: $1,200 deposit

  • By later date specified in offer letter: $4,100 


  • Pay the full amount when you accept your offer letter: $5,300 

Published on March 20th, 2017

Last updated on March 1st, 2022