Financial Aid for Undergraduate Students
Students at USC benefit from federal, state and university financial aid programs administered by the Financial Aid Office and from scholarships, administered by the Office of Admission and various academic departments. USC also offers an interest-free monthly-payment plan, a tuition pre-payment plan, and participates in long-term loan programs.
Although international students cannot receive financial aid, they may be eligible for scholarships 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.
Application Procedures and Eligibility Requirements for Financial AidDetailed information, application procedures and deadlines for financial aid are available online at www.usc.edu/financialaid. Students must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens and must meet all other eligibility requirements for federal, state and university financial aid programs. Students must have a valid Social Security number, have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, meet Selective Service registration requirements, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, and have completed all application requirements by the relevant deadline(s). For most federal awards, a minimum of half-time enrollment is required. Full-time enrollment is required for most university awards.
ScholarshipsScholarships awarded by the Office of Admission on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, service and talent are available through the Office of Admission, most academic departments at USC, alumni groups and outside agencies and foundations. Some of these awards require a separate application. In some cases, financial need is also considered. For more information, visit www.usc.edu/financialaid.
GrantsThe Financial Aid Office may award University Grants to eligible students who meet all financial aid application deadlines.
Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are available for exceptionally needy students. The SEOG is awarded only to eligible students who meet all application deadlines.
Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant are available for Pell Grant recipients. The ACG Grant is awarded only to all eligible freshmen and sophomores who meet all application deadlines and have met the rigorous high school requirements as determined by the Office of Admissions. The SMART Grant is awarded only to all eligible juniors and seniors who meet all application deadlines and are majoring in the physical, life or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering, or a critical foreign language.
Cal Grants A and B are administered by the California Student Aid Commission. All undergraduate aid applicants who are residents of California are required to apply. Cal Grant A provides funds for partial tuition and fees. Cal Grant B recipients receive a subsistence award the first year and receive a subsistence award and tuition award in subsequent years.
Federal Work-StudyThe Federal Work-Study program enables eligible students to earn part of their financial aid award through employment either on campus or with an approved off-campus employer. Only students who meet all application deadlines are considered for this program.
Federal Student and Parent LoansFederal Perkins Loans may be awarded to eligible students who meet all application deadlines. Repayment begins nine months after the borrower ceases to be enrolled at least half time.
Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans are also available to eligible students. Repayment begins six months after the borrower ceases to be enrolled at least half time.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students. Payments may be deferred while the student is enrolled at least half time.