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Financial Certification

Welcome to the Gamecock family! We are so pleased you have chosen to study at USC. After you are admitted, we need to make your immigration document so that you can get your student visa. Before we can make your I-20 or DS-2019, we first need to verify your finances. This financial certification is necessary to create your immigration document and to obtain your visa. If you want more information about your tuition, fees, and funding opportunities, we've created a guide. There are several types of acceptable financial certifications, listed below.

How to Financially Certify

There are several ways to financially certify. You can use the combination of any of the documents below in order to certify your finances. The amount you need to certify for depends on your degree level, major, and whether or not you have dependents in the U.S.

Bank Statement in your name

You can certify your finances by providing a bank statement in your name with at least the amount of 9 months of study and living expenses in the account. Your name must be present on the bank statement. The bank account must show liquid assets. This means an insurance, stock, or any other type of account does not qualify. A statement from your checking or savings account works best. You can use multiple bank statements/accounts if necessary as long as they all demonstrate liquid assets.

Assistantship Letter

If a department at USC is funding your education, you can provide an offer letter as your financial certification. If the assistantship offer does not cover the entire cost of 9 months of study, you will need to provide additional financial documentation.

Bank Statement in someone else's name

If a parent or another person will be paying for your education, he/she needs to complete the top part of the Financial Certification Form, located in our Forms Library, and have a bank representative complete the bottom portion of the form, or submit a recent bank statement. The bank account must show liquid assets. This means an insurance, stock, or any other type of account does not qualify. A statement from your checking or savings account works best. You can use multiple bank statements/accounts if necessary as long as they all demonstrate liquid assets.