Financial Aid Checklist

Follow these steps to apply for financial assistance:

STEP 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The USC School Code is 001328. Sign your FAFSA application electronically upon submission.

STEP 2: Complete the required Enrollment and Housing Form by logging into MyUSC. You will find the Enrollment and Housing Form in the Document Library in USC FAST (Financial Aid Summary and Tasks). Note: If your enrollment changes, be sure to complete a new Enrollment and Housing form. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 units per term in order to be eligible for FSA.

STEP 3: To borrow through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program, complete a Direct Stafford Loan Request Form. You will find the Loan Request Form in the Document Library in USC FAST (Financial Aid Summary and Tasks).

STEP 4: Many graduate and professional students also borrow a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan in addition to the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan to cover a portion of their tuition and expenses.

STEP 5: The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is credit-based. Please visit the Federal Student Aid website for detailed information regarding credit requirements. Complete the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Request. Sign in to Manage My Direct Loans, and then click on Request a Direct PLUS Loan. Once you have completed the process, the U.S. Department of Education will notify USC electronically. Note: Credit decisions expire in 180 days.

STEP 6: Complete loan entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note. There is a separate Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan. Both need to be completed in order for funds from both loans to be disbursed to your student account and can be completed online.

STEP 7: Upon admission to a USC online program, submit the Intent to Enroll and Self Certification forms. The Financial Aid Office will review your Financial Aid application after you have submitted your enrollment decision and will send an email notification to review your Financial Aid award offer via your USC email account. You will also receive login information for access to your student portal, MyUSC.

STEP 8: Register for your classes.

For more information regarding financial aid at USC, visit the USC Financial Aid page.