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 is need blind in its admission process. A student’s ability to pay, or interest in financial aid, has no bearing on a student’s admission decision.
The Student Perspective
Financial aid can be an uncomfortable topic, but our students are here to help! Listen to the experiences of some Viterbi students and check out our student-run website.
“Whether it be need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, or working on campus, there are numerous ways someone could tackle the financial obstacles they are faced with. In fact, I was even able to study abroad thanks to funding from Viterbi and the Gilman Scholarship.”Daniel DonchevBiomedical Engineering '19
“My scholarship eases the financial burden of attending USC, but also enables me to take extra units, study abroad and do research. Most importantly, I've been provided with an invaluable network of friends, mentors, and professionals to learn from.”Audrey RobertsMechanical Engineering '21
“Financial Aid, Pell Grants, and a need-based University Grant from USC have all made it affordable for me to earn my degree. I come from a single parent household with 3 other siblings, and I would not have been able to attend USC without this assistance. Fight On!”Jose HernandezIndustrial & Systems Engineering '19
“If it weren't for scholarships and need-based financial aid, there's no way I would be able to attend any 4-year college. The opportunities for aid that I received here were unparalleled and made USC the most affordable option for me.”Patrick OrtizMechanical Engineering '21
Need-Based 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
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 as soon as possible (and no later than March).
Do not wait to receive an admission decision as that may delay your financial aid package.
Merit Based Scholarship Opportunities Deadlines
To be considered for merit based scholarships submit The Common App & USC Writing Supplement by:
First-Year Applicants: December 1st
Transfer Applicants: February 15th
Students of all majors who submit a complete application by the deadline (December 1st for first-year students and February 15th for transfer students) 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.
Review all of the possibilities.
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In addition to USC’s vast need-based and merit-based financial aid options for new students, there are also scholarships specific to Viterbi students, available to continuing students, and other non-USC opportunities.
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.
Scholarships for Continuing Students
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Ask the Financial Aid Office.
Get in contact with the Office of Financial Aid to get all your questions answered.