University of Southern California


Rates at a Glance

The rates below are from the July 6, 2020 Federal Rate Agreement. If you have questions regarding the use of this rate agreement, please contact the Department of Contracts and Grants.

Fringe Benefits


Period Federal Non-Federal
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021 28.60% 33.50%
7/1/2021 – Future 28.60% (provisional) 33.50%
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021 23.50% (postdocs)  23.50% (postdocs) 
7/1/2021 – Future 23.50% (provisional) (postdocs)  23.50% (postdocs) 

Fringe Benefits do not apply to student employees or teaching assistants.

Facilities & Administration Costs (formerly known as Indirect Costs)
The base for F&A Costs is the Modified Total Direct Costs (MTDC).

On-Campus Rates

Period On-Campus Research On-Campus Instruction On-Campus Other Sponsored Activities
7/1/2016-6/30/2021 65.00% 45.00% 30.50%
7/1/2021-Future 65.00%(provisional) 45.00%(provisional) 30.50%(provisional)

Off-Campus Rates

Period Off-Campus Research* Off-Campus Instruction* Off-Campus Other Sponsored Activities
7/1/2016-6/30/2021 26.00% 26.00% 26.00%
7/1/2021-Future 26.00%(provisional) 26.00%(provisional) 26.00%(provisional)

Click here for a list of off-campus buildings.

*The on-campus MTDC base excludes equipment, capital expenditures, charges for patient care, tuition remission, rental costs of off-site facilities, scholarships, and fellowships as well as the portion of each subgrant and subcontract in excess of $25,000. Note that equipment is defined by the Rate Agreement as tangible, non-expendable personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more.

**The off-campus MTDC base excludes facilities rental costs and operations and maintenance expenses from the direct cost items of materials, supplies, and services.

Previous Federal Rate Agreements: For reference purposes, you may view the following Federal Agreements:

Rate Agreement March 15, 2019

Rate Agreement August 28, 2017

Rate Agreement July 21, 2016

Rate Agreement July 8, 2015

Rate Agreement June 26, 2012

Rate Agreement December 30, 2010

Rate Agreement March 2, 2010

Rate Agreement May 28, 2008

Rate Agreement March 21, 2007

Rate Agreement June 7, 2007

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