Dates & Deadlines


Students should meet all published deadlines to ensure they receive their funds by the tuition payment deadline each semester.

Please refer to the Office of Academic Records and Registrar for a current calendar of relevant dates.

Please note: Due to ongoing issues with the federal processing of 2024-2025 FAFSA data, loan disbursements for summer 2024 may be delayed. We encourage you to plan accordingly and contact the Financial Aid Office to defer payment of your student fee bill if your funds will not be available until after the payment deadline. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for information about settlement of your student account.

2025-2026 Academic Year

Estimated disbursement dates for various types of aid are included below.

Application deadline: May 2, 2025: 

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for financial aid soon after applying for admission. Applicants must meet the May deadline and all eligibility requirements to be considered for all types of financial aid.

Applications received after the May deadline are considered for Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans only.

Many certificate programs may be eligible for financial aid funding. Visit the Special Programs page for more information.

Fall 2024: FAFSA available

Visit to submit your 2025-26 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the May 2, 2025 deadline.

  • Use your 2023 student income.
  • USC’s Federal School Code (OPEID): 001328