Undergraduate Prospective Students

Dates & Deadlines

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

Note: These dates and deadlines are for new students applying for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you still need to apply for 2020-2021 financial aid, please do so as soon as possible using the 2020-2021 CSS Profile and FAFSA.

First-Year Students

February 12, 2021

Submit the CSS Profile application.

Submit the FAFSA application to federal processor.

If you miss this deadline, apply as soon as possible after this date.

You may submit the FAFSA and Profile beginning on October 1. Use the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool for the most efficient processing.

Please note that the USC Financial Aid Office does not begin to process this information until November. Therefore, your submission may not be reflected in the Required Information and Forms Page until early November.

March 2, 2021
California residents should also apply for Cal Grants by this date.

Transfer Students

March 2, 2021

Submit the CSS Profile application.

Submit the FAFSA application to federal processor.

California residents should also apply for Cal Grants by this date.

You may submit the FAFSA and Profile beginning on October 1. Use the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool for the most efficient processing.

Please note that the USC Financial Aid Office does not begin to process this information until November. Therefore, your submission may not be reflected in the Required Information and Forms Page until early November.