With its global outlook and location in a proudly multicultural city, USC offers a warm welcome to international students. Citizens of more than 130 countries comprise 17 percent of the university's student body.
Only U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens are eligible for certain types of financial aid. However, other sources of aid may be available to international students who are not U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens:
Some departments provide their scholarships in the form of a monthly stipend that is paid directly to the student receiving the award. Stipend payments are made monthly according to the stipend schedule.
On-campus work (not including Federal Work-Study).
Off-campus work, with permission from the Office of International Services.
Please note that off-campus work authorization is very limited.
Private financing. In most cases, students will need to apply for financing with a co-borrower who is a credit-worthy U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. (Contact lenders directly for citizenship requirements.)
If you do receive financial aid funds while at USC, you will need to complete the W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Form.
California Dream Act Cal Grant:
This California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) 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.
A student without lawful immigration status must file an AB540 Affidavit (California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request form) with the institution of higher education they will be attending, 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. Males age 18 and over must also register with the Selective Service System before receiving the grant.
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 2. Late applications will not be considered for financial aid. Please visit https://dream.csac.ca.gov for more information and an application. Undergraduates awarded a California Dream Grant, and who meet all other eligibility requirements, are considered for limited university funding.
Alloki Mayur Bhatt
Alloki used the USC Payment Plan to finance her tuition. She also earned wages working part-time in an on-campus job.