Scholarships are a type of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Sources for scholarships include federal and state governments, the university, your academic department or professional school, community and civic groups, and private industry.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Any scholarships you receive will not be in addition to your need-based financial aid but will change the composition of your financial aid eligibility. In most cases, we allow outside scholarships to reduce the student loans or Federal Work-Study in your financial aid package. We make every attempt to preserve any university need-based grant you may have been awarded. Each situation must be reviewed in light of the availability of funds, state and federal regulations, and the university's financial aid policies.
Federal regulations require that we consider all of your resources when determining your eligibility for financial aid. As a result, receipt of additional scholarship awards will most likely affect your eligibility for financial aid.
USC administers more than a dozen prestigious scholarship programs, ranging in value from a few thousand dollars up to full tuition. Unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. They are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership, service, and talent.
For more information about the various scholarship programs available, click here.
USC Departmental Awards
If you receive an award from your academic department, we will revise your Financial Aid Summary and notify you via e-mail.
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.
Athletic scholarships are awarded based on recommendations from the Athletics Department. For more information about athletic scholarships, please visit our Athletic Awards page.
Scholarships From Outside Sources
If you are a recipient of an outside award not listed in your Financial Aid Summary, please send us a copy of your scholarship award notification so that we can adjust your financial aid package accordingly and notify you of the revision.
Most scholarships will replace some type of financial aid in your aid summary. If you would like to know how your scholarship will affect your financial aid eligibility, please contact our office.
Free Scholarship Searches
Click here to search for other scholarships from outside sources.
Checks From Outside Agencies
Checks should be made payable to the "University of Southern California" and mailed to:
USC Financial Aid Office
Attention: Aid Coordination
700 Childs Way, JHH 325
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0914