Tips & Resources

There are several resources available to help you better understand the financial aid process and your eligibility for aid. Please browse the links below to explore various topics of interest.

Federal Resources

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

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

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

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Provides tools to compare financial aid offers, learn more about loan repayment and find information on student banking.

College Board

General Information

CSS Profile

California Student Aid Commission (Cal Grants)

Main website

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

Additional Resources

Learn money management tips and take control of your finances. Receive counseling for your federal loans, including information about grace periods and repayment plan options.

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, email, or in person. For more information, please visit