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 22.6 percent of the university's student body.
Only U.S. citizens, eligible non-citizens (such as permanent residents, refugees, or asylees), and undocumented students (such as students meeting California Dream Act requirements or with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status) are eligible for need-based financial aid at USC. 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.
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.