Eligibility Requirements

Before you apply for financial aid, make sure you meet the following requirements.

All financial aid applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
  • Possess a valid Social Security number.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System (if applicable).
  • Not be in default on a prior federal student loan.
  • Be admitted to a degree-granting program of study or an eligible certificate program at USC.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units per semester in a master’s degree program, or 3 units in a doctoral program, or be enrolled in a course considered full-time by the registrar (thesis/dissertation).
  • Make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degree.