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Financial Aid and Scholarships


Almost everything to do with funding your college education at USC starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA becomes available on Oct. 1 of every year, and you must complete a new one each year to continue receiving aid.

Filing Your FAFSA: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Each year's FAFSA is used for fall, spring and summer terms. For instance, for the fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018 terms, you will need to complete the FAFSA for 2017-18. Follow the three simple steps below to help you complete your FAFSA application.

Note: While all students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA, USC does not require one for general scholarship consideration.

Step 1: Create Your FSA ID

Your Federal Student Aid ID is a unique number assigned to you through the U.S. Department of Education. It provides access to your FAFSA records and serves as your electronic signature. Once you receive your FSA ID, you have immediate access to your FAFSA, and you will use the same ID every year you apply for aid. Only one FSA ID and FAFSA application are needed per student, even if you are applying to multiple schools.
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Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

Once you have created your FSA ID, you will need to complete the application, which can be completed online or as a paper copy that can be mailed. This application determines your eligibility for all forms of financial aid, so it is very important that you take time to read all instructions carefully and be as accurate as possible. Filing is free, and your application can be submitted anytime after Oct. 1 each year to be eligible for aid the following academic year.
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Step 3: Provide Additional Documentation

Each year, a number of applications are selected for verification, a process required by the U.S. Department of Education through which information on the FAFSA must be documented to assure its accuracy. You will receive an email that notifies you to check your eligibility and unsatisfied requirements on Self-Service Carolina, where instructions for completing your verification responsibilities can be found.
Prepare yourself with the required FAFSA documentation »