Commitment to Affordability

You may know that USC comprises one of the most diverse and high-achieving undergraduate populations in the United States. Our students are leaders and innovators, scholars and athletes, artists and entrepreneurs, representing all 50 states and more than 130 countries around the world. What you may not know is that the majority of these students — approximately two-thirds — receive some form of financial aid.

USC maintains a strong commitment to financial aid for undergraduate students and administers one of the largest financial aid programs in the United States. The University works with families to meet 100 percent of the USC-determined financial need for students who meet all deadlines and eligibility requirements.

Our commitment to undergraduate students and their families is simple: to ensure that cost is not a barrier to achieving a world-class education. We view financing a college education as a partnership and expect that students and families will contribute at least a portion of their own funds to cover educational costs.  Two-thirds of USC undergraduates receive some sort of financial aid, including need-based grants, merit scholarships, Federal Work-Study and loans.  It can be awarded according to a student’s and family’s financial need (need-based) or based on a students merit.

students who receive some form of aid

Eligibility

To receive financial aid, students must be

  • A US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Admitted to USC
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not be in default on prior loans.

Apply Now

First Year Applicants: Apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible (and no later than February) to ensure you receive notification of your financial aid eligibility before May 1st.

Transfer Applicants: Apply for Financial Aid by March 2, 2016.

Do not wait to receive and admission decision as that may delay your financial aid package.

Net Price Calculator

The USC Net Price Calculator is designed to help you and your family plan for the cost of a USC education. The Net Price Calculator will estimate your costs for undergraduate tuition and expenses, as well as your potential eligibility for need-based financial aid based on individual circumstances.

Need Blind Review Process

USC is need blind in its admission process. Ability to pay, or a student’s interest in financial aid, has no bearing on a students admission decision.

Did You Know?


More than 71% of aid provided to undergraduates is in the form of gift aid.  This includes need-based grants and scholarships.

Merit Scholarships

Administered through the Office of Admission, USC Merit Scholarships require students to apply for admission to the university by the appropriate deadline; December 1st for first-year students and February 1st for transfer students.  Students of all majors who submit a complete application by the deadline will be automatically considered for merit based scholarships.  There is no separate scholarship application.

USC administers more than a dozen prestigious scholarship programs, ranging in value from a few thousand dollars up to full tuition.  Candidates should pursue the most demanding curriculum and achieve at the highest level both in and out of the classroom.  In addition to academic criteria, a student’s leadership, service and involvement are considered.

Please review the list of scholarships for eligibility, deadlines, and application information.

List of Scholarships

Merit Based Scholarship Opportunities Deadlines

To be considered for merit based scholarships submit your application (The Common App & USC Writing Supplement) by:

  • First-Year Applicants: December 1st
  • Transfer Applicants: February 1st

Additional Opportunities

Scholarships are not limited to those available at the university. Here are some additional resources to help you fund your education.

Additional Scholarships for Engineering Students

First Robotics

As a host for the southern California regional competition and a sponsor for local high school teams, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has first hand knowledge of just how exciting and motivating FIRST is for student who are considering careers in engineering or computer science.

FIRST Application

Continuing Student Scholarships

New Financial Aid & Scholarship opportunities do not stop after the admission process. Each year, continuing undergraduates should be re-evaluating their need and merit-based aid opportunities. Click below for an outline of current available funding sources for continuing undergraduate students at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Continuing Scholarships