Graduate & Professional Prospective Students

Applying for Financial Aid

Application deadline: May 5, 2023:

We encourage you to apply for financial aid once you have submitted your application for admission. Graduate students must meet the May deadline and all eligibility requirements to be considered for all forms of financial aid. Applications received after this date are considered for Federal Direct and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans only.

For information about graduate fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships, please refer to the Types of Aid page.

For more information regarding Certificate Programs, including those eligible for financial aid funding, visit the Special Programs page.


Step 1: FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the 2023-2024  FAFSA online.

Use your 2021 student income. For the most efficient processing, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

USC’s Federal School Code is 001328.

Apply as early as October 1, 2022, but before the May 5, 2023 deadline.



Step 2: Financial Aid Supplement

Financial Aid Supplement
Complete the . This form requires you to enter the range of academic units for which you will enroll each semester. If you are unsure how many units you will take, please contact your academic department for help prior to submitting this form. The enrollment units you select in this form MUST match your actual enrolled units in order for your financial aid to be properly disbursed.



Step 3: Additional Information

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: Loan Request Forms

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
Most graduate and professional students borrow a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan to cover a portion of their cost of attendance.

Complete the .

For more information about the loan program, visit

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
Many graduates and professional students borrow a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to cover a portion of their attendance.

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is credit-based. Please visit for detailed information regarding credit requirements.

Complete the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Request by visiting Sign in to Manage My Direct Loans, then click on Request a Direct PLUS Loan. Once you have completed the process, the Department of Education will notify us electronically.



Step 5: Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study*
To be considered for Federal Work-Study, students must:

Submit the FAFSA and by May 5, 2023;

Enroll in 8 or more units per semester; and

Meet a financial need requirement.

*Federal Work-Study is not available for students participating in online master's degree programs.