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Exceptional Funding

About Exceptional Funding

Your scholarship covers a set percentage of flat-rate tuition (up to 18 units) for the Fall and Spring semesters. The purpose of Exceptional Funding is to support academic pursuits in addition to this academic course load within the eight semesters (ten for Architecture) of scholarship eligibility. Exceptional Funding cannot be used to compensate for past semesters of underenrollment. It is available to Stamps, Mork, Trustee & Presidential Scholars who entered the university as Freshmen.

Examples of appropriate reasons to request exceptional funding include, but not limited to:

  • Additional courses are required to complete a second major or minor that cause enrollment in more than 18 units a semester
  • Additional major courses are required that cause enrollment in more than 18 units a semester
  • Summer study abroad where USC tuition is charged and USC credit is earned
  • Summer classes at USC

Mork Scholars: Maximum amount of 8 units may be funded.

Presidential Scholars: Maximum amount of 8 half-tuition units may be funded.

Stamps Scholars: Maximum amount of 8 units may be funded.

Trustee Scholars: Maximum amount of 8 units may be funded.

How to Apply

Please read the policy for Exceptional Funding thoroughly prior to applying.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our online Exceptional Funding application!  Click here for instructions on how to access the application form through your myUSC account.

Our office will not consider late applications under any circumstance.

Exceptional Funding Deadlines:

  • Spring 2016
    Friday, November 13, 2015

  • Summer 2016
    Priority Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2016 (Funding guaranteed to qualified students who apply by the priority deadline).
    Final Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016 (Funding awarded on a first-come first-served basis only. Funding is not guaranteed even if qualifications are met).

  • Fall 2016
    Friday, April 29, 2016

Exceptional Funding Policy

Amount of Funding Available:

  • A student may apply for exceptional funding more than once, provided the total number of tuition units approved does not exceed the limit as defined above.
  • During Fall and Spring semesters, 20 unit course loads are the maximum that can be funded. 


  • Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed at least 16 units per Fall and Spring semesters or 32 units for the prior academic year (Fall + Spring).
  • Exceptional Funding must be used toward academic courses applicable to degree requirements (major, minor, or general education courses).


  • Students currently on academic or scholarship probation.
  • Students cannot receive exceptional funding for a course they have previously withdrawn (received a “w” grade).
  • Once a student’s degree has officially posted or they have completed 8 semesters of scholarship eligibility (whichever comes first), he/she is no longer eligible to apply for or receive exceptional funding.
  • The scholarship does not cover audited units.
  • Students who have not completed one semester at USC.



Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the Exceptional Funding units to extend my scholarship beyond 8 semesters?
No. Exceptional Funding can only be used within the 8 semesters (10 for Architecture) of scholarship eligibility.

You approved me for "x" units of extra funding, and it still hasn't appeared on my bill.
The additional scholarship will be credited by the tuition settlement deadline published in the Schedule of Classes, if you are already registered for the extra units. If the scholarship has not been credited by the tuition deadline, please contact our staff.

Do I need to pay for the extra units myself to be later reimbursed by Financial Aid?
No. If you have been approved for extra funding, and you are registered for all of your classes, Financial Aid will apply the extra funding toward your tuition before the tuition settlement deadline (published in the Schedule of Classes).

As a Presidential Scholar, can I combine the half-tuition units to pay for 1 full unit?
(For example, 8 half-tuition units = 4 full units of funding)
Half-units cannot be combined into one unit. A Presidential Scholarship is a 50% tuition scholarship, which also applies to Exceptional Funding. At no time will Exceptional Funding pay for 100% of extra tuition costs for Presidential Scholars.

Are Maymester courses eligible for Exceptional Funding?
Yes, you must apply for Spring semester Exceptional Funding in order to receive funding for a Maymester course.

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