Parents

Applying for Financial Aid

This section of our website contains key information to help clarify and explain the financial aid application process for students and their parents.

Eligibility for Funding: To receive financial aid, students must: be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, be admitted to USC, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and not be in default on prior loans. Undergraduates awarded a California Dream Grant, and who meet all other eligibility requirements, are considered for limited university funding.

First-Year Students

To be considered for USC Merit Scholarships, apply for admission by December 1. Apply for financial aid as soon as possible to ensure you receive notification of your financial aid eligibility before the May 1 National Candidates Reply Date.

Step 1: FAFSA and CSS Profile

February 14, 2017

CSS/PROFILE Application
Complete the 2017-2018 PROFILE Application online. The PROFILE information, along with your FAFSA information, will help determine your eligibility for USC student aid funds.

Use your best estimates of 2015 parent and student income.

Be sure to include your Social Security number.

USC’s CSS School Code is 4852.

USC does not participate in the CSS IDOC program.

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA Application online. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for the low-interest Direct Loan as well as federal and state grants.

Submit as early as January 2, but no later than February 14, 2017.

Use your best estimates of 2015 parent and student income.

USC’s Federal School Code is 001328.

Step 2: Cal Grant

March 2, 2017

California Residents only: Apply for a Cal Grant

Submit the FAFSA and have the school you currently attend or most recently attended submit your certified GPA to the Cal Grant Program.

For the fastest, most secure processing, your school may upload GPA information directly to the California Student Aid Commission's system.

If electronic submission is unavailable, request that your school certify a paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form (available at www.csac.ca.gov).

AB540-Eligible Students: You must complete the online California Dream Act Application by March 2. Visit https://dream.csac.ca.gov for the application. You must also submit your GPA Verification Form to CSAC by March 2.

 

Step 3: Additional Information

As Soon As Possible, If Applicable:

Tax Return Information
Submit student's and parent's federal tax information as soon as possible, if requested. Please log in to access your Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page and follow the instructions provided. You will need your completed, filed 2015 federal income tax return, along with all schedules and W-2 forms, when submitting this information.

USC does not require state tax returns.

For the fastest processing, submit tax information online. After you submit your tax information, we will update your status and let you know if we need any additional information, including a copy of your tax return for verification purposes.

Students and parents not legally required to file a 2015 federal income tax return must:
If you are not legally required to file a federal income tax return for 2015, submit a completed 2017-2018 Student and/or Parent Non-Filing Statement Form.

If you . . .

Are married and filed separately: Submit information for both tax returns.

Are divorced or separated: Provide information from your custodial parent's 2015 federal tax return. If your parents filed jointly for 2015, submit information from that return. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit information for him/her and your stepparent. You will be advised if tax information from your non-custodial parent is required.

Are not legally required to file a federal income tax return for 2015: Submit a completed 2017-2018 Parent Non-Filing Statement form.

File a tax return in another country: Submit a 2017-2018 Parent Non-Filing Statement form indicating that they are filing a foreign return and attach translated documentation of their income, such as a foreign tax return, employer statement, etc. Convert all amounts to U.S. dollars. Please also submit a completed 2017-2018 Parent Income and Expense form.

If you or your parents are affected under the HEROES Act: If you or your parents are unable to provide requested documentation due to military service, a national emergency, or a declared national disaster, please notify the Financial Aid Office in writing.

CSS Noncustodial Parent PROFILE Form
The CSS Noncustodial PROFILE can be accessed at: ncprofile.collegeboard.com

If your PROFILE information indicates that your parents are separated, divorced or never married, your noncustodial parent may be required to complete the CSS Noncustodial PROFILE form.

USC will determine an expected contribution for the custodial parent, the non-custodial parent, and the stepparent, as appropriate.

Business Owners
Parents who are business owners must also submit a copy of their business tax documents for each business to the Financial Aid Office. For each business, submit a copy of your federal K-1 statement, if applicable, and a copy of the first five pages of the corporate tax return or partnership tax return.

Additional Documentation
Provide copies of tax returns or any other additional documents or information requested by the Financial Aid Office within 10 business days of the request.

IMPORTANT NOTES
Submit any additional documents requested by the Financial Aid Office within 10 days.

Documents submitted to the USC Financial Aid Office become the property of the university and cannot be returned to the student or duplicated for any purpose.

 

Step 4: Special Circumstances

Families occasionally experience unforeseen changes during the application period and/or academic year (such as a job loss, illness, etc.). If this applies to you, notify the Financial Aid Office in writing, outlining the circumstances. Include copies of appropriate supporting documentation, and write your USC ID number on the first page of each document. You will be contacted if additional documentation is required. For more information, visit Special Circumstances and Appeals.

Checklist

Prospective First-Year Checklist

FAFSA fafsa.gov by February 14, 2017

CSS PROFILE

profileonline.collegeboard.com

by February 14, 2017

Cal Grant (California residents only) www.csac.ca.gov by March 2, 2017
Tax returns or Non-Filing Statement forms FAST If requested, within 10 days
Monitor your status FAST

 

 

Transfer students

To be considered for USC Merit Scholarships, apply for admission by February 1. Apply for financial aid by March 2.

Step 1: FAFSA and CSS PROFILE

March 2, 2017

CSS/PROFILE Application
Complete the 2017-2018 PROFILE Application online. The PROFILE information, along with your FAFSA information, will help determine your eligibility for USC student aid funds.

Use your best estimates of 2015 parent and student income.

Be sure to include your Social Security number.

USC’s CSS School Code is 4852.

USC does not participate in the CSS IDOC program.

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA Application online. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for the low-interest Direct Loan and Pell Grant programs.

Apply as early as October 1, but before midnight Eastern Time (9:00 p.m. Pacific Time) on March 2, 2017.

Use your best estimates of 2015 parent and student income.

USC’s Federal School Code is 001328.

 

Step 2: Cal Grant

March 2, 2017

California Residents Only: Apply for a Cal Grant

Transfer Students Not Currently Receiving a Cal Grant:
Submit the FAFSA and have the school you currently attend or most recently attended submit your certified GPA to the Cal Program. For fastest, most secure processing, your school may upload GPA information directly to the California Student Aid Commission's system.

If electronic submission is unavailable, request that your school certify a paper Cal Grant GPA Verification form, available at: www.csac.ca.gov

Transfer Students Currently Receiving a Cal Grant:
If you received a Cal Grant at your previous college, you will need to transfer the grant to USC after you are admitted, by posting a school change at WebGrants for Students.

 

Step 3: Additional Information

As Soon As Possible, If Applicable:

Tax Return Information
Submit student's and parent's federal tax information as soon as possible, if requested. Please log in to access your Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page and follow the instructions provided. You will need your completed, filed 2015 federal income tax return, along with all schedules and W-2 forms, when submitting this information.

USC does not require state tax returns.

For the fastest processing, submit tax information online. After you submit your tax information, we will update your status and let you know if we need any additional information, including a copy of your tax return for verification purposes.

Students and parents not legally required to file a 2015 federal income tax return must: If you are not legally required to file a federal income tax return for 2015, submit a completed 2017-2018 Student and/or Parent Non-Filing Statement Form.

If you . . .

Are married and filed separately: Submit information for both tax returns.

Are divorced or separated: Provide information from your custodial parent's 2015 federal tax return. If your parents filed jointly for 2015, submit information from that return. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit information for him/her and your stepparent. You will be advised if tax information from your non-custodial parent is required.

Are not legally required to file a federal income tax return for 2015: Submit a completed 2017–2018 Parent Non-Filing Statement form.

File a tax return in another country: Submit a 2017-2018 Parent Non-Filing Statement form indicating that they are filing a foreign return and attach translated documentation of their income, such as a foreign tax return, employer statement, etc. Convert all amounts to U.S. dollars. Please also submit a completed 2017-2018 Parent Income and Expense form.

If you or your parents are affected under the HEROES Act: If you or your parents are unable to provide requested documentation due to military service, a national emergency, or a declared national disaster, please notify the Financial Aid Office in writing.

CSS Noncustodial Parent PROFILE Form
The CSS Noncustodial PROFILE can be accessed at: ncprofile.collegeboard.com

If your PROFILE information indicates that your parents are separated, divorced or never married, your noncustodial parent may be required to complete the CSS Noncustodial PROFILE form.

USC will determine an expected contribution for the custodial parent, the non-custodial parent and the stepparent, as appropriate.

Special Circumstances
If your family has special circumstances you would like us to consider such as job loss, salary decrease or illness, please submit details and supporting documentation.

Business Owners
Parents who are business owners must also submit a copy of their business tax documents for each business to the Financial Aid Office. For each business, submit a copy of your federal K-1 statement, if applicable, and a copy of the first five pages of the corporate tax return or partnership tax return.

Additional Documentation
Provide copies of tax returns or any other additional documents or information requested by the Financial Aid Office within 10 business days of the request.

IMPORTANT NOTES
Submit any additional documents requested by the Financial Aid Office within 10 days.

Documents submitted to the USC Financial Aid Office become the property of the university and cannot be returned to the student or duplicated for any purpose.

 

Step 4: When You Will Be Notified

Students must pay close attention to deadlines, and respond to any additional requests from USC within 10 days. If the student meets all deadlines and eligibility requirements, and promptly submits any additional requested documentation, he or she will be notified seven (7) business days after being admitted.

Students can monitor their financial aid status by logging in to the Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page. The Financial Aid Summary will be viewable online only.

Checklist

Prospective Transfer Checklist

FAFSA fafsa.gov by March 2, 2017
CSS/PROFILE profileonline.collegeboard.com by March 2, 2017
Cal Grant (California residents only) www.csac.ca.gov by March 2, 2017
Tax returns or Non-Filing Statement forms FAST If requested, within 10 days
Monitor your status FAST

Continuing students

Be sure to meet all deadlines and eligibility requirements to be considered for need-based financial aid. Remember that continuing students must reapply for financial aid each year. Students who miss any deadline or do not respond in a timely manner to requests for additional information may receive reduced financial aid, based on available funding.

 

Step 1: FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 but no later than March 2.

Submit the application at fafsa.gov.

Use your best estimates of 2015 parent and student income.

USC’s Federal School Code is 001328.

Check your USC email or your Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page to determine your next steps.

 

Step 2: CSS PROFILE

To determine your eligibility for institutional financial aid, you may be required to complete an additional step. Please view your status by logging in to FAST to find out if you need to complete this step.

Complete the CSS PROFILE APPLICATION as soon as possible, but no later than March 2.

Submit the application at profileonline.collegeboard.com.

Use your best estimates of 2015 parent and student income.

Be sure to include your Social Security number.

USC’s CSS School Code is 4852.

USC does not participate in the CSS IDOC program.

REMINDER: To ensure you submit all the information and documents required to complete your application, please review all e-mails from the Financial Aid Office and periodically check the status of your financial aid application.

Step 3: Cal Grant

March 2, 2017

California Residents Only: Apply for a Cal Grant
California residents who have completed fewer than 24 units at USC and are not currently receiving a Cal Grant must apply.

If you are currently receiving a Cal Grant or if you have completed 24 units or more units at USC, we will automatically upload your GPA information to the California Student Aid Commission.

If you have completed less than 24 units at USC, download the 2017-2018 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Fill out the student portion of the form and sign it.

Ask the registrar at the school you attended prior to USC to verify your GPA (grade point average) on the form. Make a copy of the form for your records and mail it to California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2017.

If you have completed 24 or more units at USC, we will automatically upload your GPA information to the California Student Aid Commission.

Step 4: Additional Information

As Soon As Possible, If Applicable:

Tax Return Information
Submit student's and parent's federal tax information as soon as possible, if requested. Please log in to access your Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page and follow the instructions provided. You will need your completed, filed 2015 federal income tax return, along with all schedules and W-2 forms, when submitting this information.

USC does not require state tax returns.

For the fastest processing, submit tax information online. After you submit your tax information, we will update your status and let you know if we need any additional information, including a copy of your tax return for verification purposes.

Students and parents not legally required to file a 2015 federal income tax return must:
If you are not legally required to file a federal income tax return for 2015, submit a completed 2017-2018 Student and/or Parent Non-Filing Statement Form.

If you . . .

Are married and filed separately: Submit information for both tax returns.

Are divorced or separated: Provide information from your custodial parent's 2015 federal tax return. If your parents filed jointly for 2015, submit information from that return. If your custodial parent has remarried, submit information for him/her and your stepparent. You will be advised if tax information from your non-custodial parent is required.

Are not legally required to file a federal income tax return for 2015: Submit a completed 2017–2018 Parent Non-Filing Statement form.

File a tax return in another country: Submit a 2017-2018 Parent Non-Filing Statement form indicating that they are filing a foreign return and attach translated documentation of their income, such as a foreign tax return, employer statement, etc. Convert all amounts to U.S. dollars. Please also submit a completed 2017-2018 Parent Income and Expense form.

If you or your parents are affected under the HEROES Act: If you or your parents are unable to provide requested documentation due to military service, a national emergency, or a declared national disaster, please notify the Financial Aid Office in writing.

CSS Noncustodial Parent Form
If your parents were married when you applied for financial aid for the 2016-2017 academic year, but have since separated or divorced, the noncustodial parent will be required to submit the CSS Noncustodial Parent's Statement form.

USC requires noncustodial parents to report their income, assets and other information as part of the financial aid application process.

USC will determine an expected contribution for the custodial parent, the noncustodial parent and the stepparent, as appropriate.

USC will provide the student with a CSS Noncustodial Parent's Statment form when this document is required.

Business Owners
Parents who are business owners must also submit a copy of their business tax documents for each business to the Financial Aid Office. For each business, submit a copy of your federal K-1 statement, if applicable, and a copy of the first five pages of the corporate tax return or partnership tax return.

Additional Documentation
Provide copies of tax returns or any other additional documents or information requested by the Financial Aid Office within 10 business days of the request.

IMPORTANT NOTES
Submit any additional documents requested by the Financial Aid Office within 10 days.

Documents submitted to the USC Financial Aid Office become the property of the university and cannot be returned to the student or duplicated for any purpose.

 

Step 5: When You Will Be Notified

Students must pay close attention to deadlines, and respond to any additional requests from USC within 10 days. If the student meets all deadlines and eligibility requirements, and promptly submits any additional requested documentation, he or she will be notified by the end of June. Late applicants will be notified by the end of July.

Students can monitor their financial aid status at their Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page. The Financial Aid Summary will be viewable online only.