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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA

While the FAFSA can be done in as few as 30 minutes, take your time to enter everything accurately. We have a few simple tips to help you avoid mistakes on the FAFSA. This will help you get feedback about your aid much faster.

Tips for Completing Your FAFSA

We suggest doing the FAFSA online because it is quicker and you are less likely to make mistakes. If you have any problems, contact the Federal Student Information Center.

Phone: 1-800-433-3243

If you must complete a paper FAFSA, you can download the 2023-24 FAFSA  and mail the paper copy to Federal Student Aid Programs, P.O. Box 7654, London, KY 40742-7654.

While you only need to do one FAFSA, you can pick multiple schools to get your FAFSA results. In the right section, please use our School Code — 003448 — so your FAFSA will be sent to us.

In this same section, you will also need to explain where you plan to live. Please note that USC requires all freshman students to live on campus.

When submitting your FAFSA online, you and your parent (if dependent) will need to sign the FAFSA with your FSA ID. Learn more about the FSA ID.

If you did the FAFSA online and listed USC as one of your schools, your FAFSA results will be sent to our office in about 3-4 business days. If you did a paper FAFSA and mailed it, the U.S. Department of Education will send us your FAFSA within 6-8 weeks.

To be considered for all available aid, submit your FAFSA by April 1. A complete FAFSA status means that you have turned in all forms that we may have asked for and nothing else is needed. You can check your student requirements on SSC by choosing "Financial Aid" and selecting "Eligibility."

Please do your FAFSA no later than early March to meet the April 1 deadline.  If you miss this deadline, you will likely miss out on the priority awards that are awarded shortly after April 1. Pell Grant and Direct Loan funds are not priority awards.

Special Situations

On a case-by-case basis, the financial aid office can use professional judgment to re-evaluate a student’s eligibility for financial aid if the FAFSA no longer portrays your current financial situation. If you or your family experienced a recent hardship or special circumstance that is not reflected on your FAFSA, you may submit a request to appeal. If you already have an Expected Family Contribution of ‘0’, no adjustments can be made to allow you to receive additional financial aid. Please note that submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval and all appeal decisions are final. For more information about the appeal process, please contact the financial aid office to speak with a counselor.

On a case-by-case basis, the financial aid office may review a student’s dependency status if there are unusual circumstances as to why the parent’s information cannot be used or obtained. If you would like to request a formal review of your dependency status, you must submit a Dependency Override request. Please note that submission of a Dependency Override request does not guarantee approval and all Dependency Override decisions are final. For more information about the Dependency Override process, please contact the financial aid office to speak with a counselor.

Check Your USC Email

We do our best to keep you informed about what we need from you. If we are unable to reach you by email (USC or FAFSA), we will send a letter to your mailing address.

If your plans change and you will no longer attend USC, send us an email and we will stop communications from our office for that year.


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