Graduate and Professional Education
Financial Aid for Graduate Students
Graduate students at USC benefit from federal, state and university financial aid programs administered by the Financial Aid Office and from scholarships, fellowships and assistantships, which are administered by the Graduate School and various academic departments. USC also offers an interest-free monthly payment plan and participates in long term loan programs. Students may apply for one or more kinds of aid, depending on eligibility. Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens and must meet all other eligibility requirements to be eligible for federal, state and university financial aid programs. Detailed information is available online at www.usc.edu/financialaid.
Although international students cannot receive financial aid, they may be eligible for some scholarships, fellowships and for graduate assistantships offered by their schools or departments. International students should contact their departments directly for information about existing opportunities. International students may also be eligible for some private educational loans.
Financial support for graduate study at USC is available from many sources. Most graduate departments and professional schools offer fellowship and graduate assistantship opportunities. In support of the university's commitment to diversity, fellowships are available for students from groups now under-represented in doctoral study. The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal and state financial aid programs. Several federal agencies and private foundations offer support for students engaged in research in specific fields of study. In addition, many corporations provide fellowships or tuition reimbursements for their employees.
2008-2009 Application Procedures for Federal Financial AidApplication procedures and deadlines for federal financial aid are available online at www.usc.edu/financialaid.
Federal Work-StudyThe Federal Work-Study program enables eligible students to earn part of their financial aid award either on campus or with an approved off-campus employer. Only full-time (eight or more units) students with high financial need who meet all application deadlines are considered for this program.
Federal LoansSubsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans are available.
The Health Professions Student Loan program provides loans to students in the health professions.
For details about federal loan programs and application requirements, visit www.usc.edu/financialaid.
Financial Support through Graduate Fellowships and AssistantshipsProspective and continuing students seeking financial support will find opportunities for funding their graduate study through their individual schools and departments and the Graduate School. In general, fellowships and graduate assistantships are offered only for study leading to the Ph.D. degree. Approval to offer graduate assistantships to master's students must be given by the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs.
Acceptance of Offers of Financial AssistanceUSC subscribes to the following resolution of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States regarding graduate scholars, fellows, trainees and assistantships.
Acceptance of an offer of financial assistance (such as graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship or assistantship) for the next academic year by an actual or prospective graduate student completes an agreement which both student and the university are expected to honor. In those instances in which the student accepts the offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer.