The following grants are awarded based on financial need:

UNIVERSITY GRANT 

Grant funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, room, board or other educational expenses.

Eligibility

You must be pursuing your first bachelor’s degree and meet all annual application deadlines and eligibility requirements. Only full-time students may receive the full University Grant. Three-quarter and half-time students who demonstrate sufficient USC-determined financial need and meet all application deadlines may be eligible for limited University Grant funds. Your enrollment status will be calculated based only on those courses that are required for, or that can be applied as an eligible elective credit toward, your degree or certificate program. You must re-apply every year.

Obtaining your funds

Your University Grant is automatically credited to your university account each semester upon enrollment. 

Renewing your grant

You must reapply every year by the deadline and meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for a University Grant in future years. Your award amount may change, based on your USC-determined financial need, housing plans, enrollment and the timeliness of your financial aid application.

CAL GRANTS  

Cal Grant A

Grant funds may be used for payment of tuition and mandatory fees only.

Cal Grant B

Provides a first-year stipend for living expenses only (including supplies and books). In subsequent years, the grant also helps pay for tuition and fees.

Eligibility

You must be a full-time student at USC and meet all general eligibility requirements to receive the full Cal Grant A or B amount. Your enrollment status will be calculated based only on those courses that are required for, or that can be applied as an eligible elective credit toward, your degree or certificate program. Selection of recipients is based on a composite score that takes into consideration your family's income, parents' educational level, your GPA, and other factors such as coming from a single-parent household. For the Cal Grant A, you need a minimum 3.0 GPA. For the Cal Grant B, the minimum GPA is 2.0. Please visit www.calgrants.org for more information.

Cal Grants are pro-rated for half-time and three-quarter-time enrollment. Grant amounts vary, depending on your financial need and whether you have other awards designated to cover your tuition and fees. The maximum eligibility for a Cal Grant is four years (five years for architecture majors). Your eligibility for a Cal Grant will be determined each year based on your family income and assets. It is possible to lose your eligibility for a Cal Grant if your family income or assets increase in future years. Please visit the California Student Aid Commission website for more information on how to renew your Cal Grant.

Application instructions

  • Complete a Cal Grant GPA Verification form and submit it to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2. This form must be verified by an authorized high school official. Transfer students must have this form completed by their previous college or university.
  • Complete the FAFSA by March 3.
  • Check the status of your application online at https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov.
  • AB540-Eligible Students-You must complete the online California Dream Act Application by March 3. Visit https://dream.csac.ca.gov for the application. You must also submit your GPA Verification Form to CSAC by March 3.

California Dream Act Cal Grant:
This California state grant program now provides AB540-eligible students the opportunity to apply for Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B via the California Dream Act application. To be eligible, students must:

  • Have attended a (public or private) high school in California for three or more years;
  • Have graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma; and
  • Be registered as an entering student, or be currently enrolled, at an accredited institution of higher education in California.

In addition:
A student without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the institution of higher education, stating that the student has filed or will file an application to legalize his or her immigration status as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

California Dream Act Cal Grant recipients are selected based on the eligibility criteria outlined in the California Dream Act Application and on the timeliness of their application. California Dream Act Applications must be received by March 3. Please visit https://dream.csac.ca.gov for more information and an application.

Obtaining your funding

Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B awards are credited automatically to your student or university account each semester upon enrollment, but no earlier than mid-July. If you wish to have the Cal Grant B stipend mailed directly to you in the form of a check rather than being credited to your student account, you must submit an e-mail request to our office prior to disbursement.

PELL GRANT  

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, room, board or other educational expenses.

Eligibility

You must be pursuing your first bachelor’s degree and meet all annual application deadlines and eligibility requirements. Only full-time students may receive the full Pell Grant amount. Your enrollment status will be calculated based only on those courses that are required for, or that can be applied as an eligible elective credit toward, your degree or certificate program. The grant is prorated for three-quarter, half-time or less-than-half-time enrollment. Your actual award amount is based on your financial need. You must reapply each year.

Estimated vs. Confirmed Pell Grant

If your Statement of Financial Aid Eligibility lists an Estimated Federal Pell Grant, the university must first confirm your eligibility by comparing the information you provided on the FAFSA to your and your parents' tax returns and other documentation. If corrections need to be made, we will electronically transmit them to the federal processor. When your Pell Grant is confirmed, it will automatically be credited to your student account.

Obtaining your funding

The confirmed Pell Grant is automatically credited to your student account each semester upon enrollment, but no earlier than 10 days before the start of each semester.

Renewing your grant

You must reapply by the application deadlines and meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for a Pell Grant each year. The amount awarded to you each year may change based upon your USC-determined financial need, housing plans and enrollment.

NORMAN TOPPING STUDENT AID FUND (NTSAF)  

Selection Criteria

The purpose of the NTSAF is to assist freshman and transfer students with high financial need, and who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC.  First-generation college students and local area applicants are given primary consideration in the selection process.  Please note that the scholarship is not limited to these populations. 

 

SEOG (SUPPLEMENTARY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT)  

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, room, board or other educational expenses.

Eligibility

You must be pursuing your first bachelor’s degree and meet all annual application deadlines and eligibility requirements. In general, only students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant are eligible for this grant. To receive the full SEOG amount, you must be enrolled full-time. Three-quarter and half-time students with sufficient USC-determined financial need who meet all application deadlines may be eligible for limited SEOG funding. Your enrollment status will be calculated based only on those courses that are required for, or that can be applied as an eligible elective credit toward, your degree or certificate program. You must reapply every year.

Obtaining your funding

Your SEOG is credited automatically to your student account each semester upon enrollment, but no earlier than 10 days before the start of each semester.

Renewing your grant

You must reapply by the application deadlines and meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for a new SEOG. The amount awarded to you may change based upon your USC-determined financial need, housing plans and enrollment.

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