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Federal Aid

Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant that serves as the foundation upon which all other undergraduate aid is awarded. Unlike a loan, it does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a Bachelor's degree. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is determined by federal law and is based on the financial information that students and their parents provide on the FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are federally funded grants awarded on a limited basis to students with exceptional financial need. Students selected for these grants must not have earned a Bachelor's degree. Additionally, recipients must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. SEOG does not have to be repaid.

Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
See Federal Work Study for further information.

The Student Guide provides information pertaining to the financial aid application process. For additional information, please see the Student Guide. Links to the Student Guide for the current academic year and the following academic year can be found on our related links page.

CARES Act Federal Grant

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief to students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. The availability of this award is not continuous.

If you incurred any of these expenses, you may be awarded funds based on guidelines from the US Department of Education. The one-time grant must be used for expenses related to disruption of campus operations and may not fully cover the expenses the student has incurred. The grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • USC has received an official FAFSA as of May 7, 2020
  • Meet the Title IV Federal eligibility requirements
  • Be a degree-seeking student enrolled for Spring 2020 term
  • Not enrolled in an exclusively online program on or prior to March 13, 2020
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

This one-time award will be placed on the student’s account for Spring 2020 and an award notification email will be sent to students to view their awards on SSC. The student must also accept the certification to receive the funds.  However, if you did not incur any expenses, please decline the awards via SSC.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our campus Financial Aid Office.


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