If you have special circumstances not fully explained by your FAFSA, your federal tax returns, or other documents submitted to the Financial Aid Office, and you would like to request a re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility, please submit a letter of appeal with supporting documentation to our office. For document submission instructions, visit www.usc.edu/contactfao.

When considering your appeal, the Financial Aid Office takes into account the availability of funds, the timeliness of your original application for financial aid, the timeliness of your appeal, and the nature of the change in your circumstances.

Re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility is subject to federal, state and university regulations. Approved appeals can be funded only if you are eligible for additional student loans.

We urge you to carefully consider your total loan debt before borrowing additional loan funds.

Budget Adjustments

Residency interview expenses for fourth year medical students

In some cases, if you are a fourth year medical student applying to residency programs, we can increase your budget to accommodate travel expenses (airfare, ground transportation and hotel accommodations).

Please submit documentation verifying the location of interviews, projected date of interviews, and an itinerary with estimated costs for your travel and hotel accommodations.

Please note that we can increase your budget for up to 12 interviews for residency only.

Rent costs in excess of standard budget

If you pay more rent than is specified in the standard budget, submit a copy of your current lease agreement and copies of cancelled checks (front and back) or money orders verifying payment of rent. (Cash receipts are not accepted.) Your budget may be increased if your rent level is deemed to be reasonable despite exceeding the standard budget.

Extra tuition costs or fees

If you incur additional tuition costs or fees not included in the standard budget, submit a letter itemizing your expenses.

Course-related expenses

If you incur course-related costs that included in the standard budget, submit a letter itemizing your additional expenses, along with receipts and a memo from your academic department supporting your request.

Disability-related expenses

If you incur expenses related to a disability during the academic year, and those expenses are not covered by other sources of funding, you must be registered with the USC Office for Disability Services and Programs. Please submit receipts to verify your disability-related expenses and a letter supporting your request.

Child care expenses

If attending USC causes you to incur child care expenses for dependent(s) who are 12 years old or younger, submit a Monthly Income and Expense Form, together with copies of cancelled checks (front and back) or money order receipts. Provide the name, address and telephone number of your child care provider, as well as the name and age of each child.

Mandatory USC Student Health Insurance

A standard amount for Student Health Insurance for students in the medical and physician assistant programs is already included in the standard budget. If you are not already covered by health insurance, or if you were unable to obtain a waiver for USC Student Health Insurance, you can submit a written request, with appropriate documentation, for a budget increase for insurance fees in excess of the standard budget.

Medical/Dental expenses not covered by insurance incurred during the period of enrollment

      • Itemization of expenses incurred.
      • Statements, receipts, or other documentation to show amount of expense covered by insurance.
      • For non-dental expenses, a letter from the student's primary physician supporting the treatment.


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