Tips & Resources

There are several resources available to help you better understand the financial aid process and your eligibility for aid. Please browse below to explore additional information, links and resources.


Federal Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Complete and submit the federal form necessary to determine eligibility for federal student aid.

Complete entrance and exit loan counseling. Register for or retrieve a forgotten FSA ID. Find information about various student aid programs and loan repayment options.

Federal Direct Consolidation Loans
Learn more about consolidating your federal student loans and the repayment options available to you.

National Student Loan Data System
Log in with your FSA ID to view the current status of your federal student loans, their outstanding balances and who owns (services) them.

College Navigator
College Navigator offers the latest information from the U.S. Department of Education’s data collection program. You may find this site helpful when comparing institutions of higher education.

Consumer Financal Protection Bureau
Provides tools to help compare financial aid awards you may receive from various institutions.


College Board

General Information

CSS Profile



Scholarship Management Portal

USC Merit Scholarships


College Search & Scholarships


FinAid! Financial Aid, College Scholarships and Student Loans

Red Kite


California Student Aid Commission (Cal Grants)

Main website

California Dream Act Information
Fund Your Future: Grants, Scholarships, Loans and Other Financial Aid for College


Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF)

The purpose of the NTSAF is to assist first-year and transfer students with high financial need, who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at USC. First-generation college students and local area applicants are given primary consideration in the selection process. Please note that the scholarship is not limited to these populations.

Visit the NTSAF Scholarship page for more information.

ROTC Scholarships and GI Benefits

ROTC and Veteran Benefits

USC Office of Veteran Affairs

U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs


Additional Resources


Saving for College


Learn more

Several financing options exist to help you pay your USC expenses. We encourage you to take advantage of the financial resources USC has to offer and are here to help answer any questions you may have. Financial aid counselors are available by phone, e-mail, or in person. For more information, please visit