Exceptional Funding

Exceptional Funding is available to Trustee, Presidential, Mork and Stamps Scholars to use towards tuition for enrollment above 18 units for fall and spring, and for summer coursework. Merit scholars may request up to 8 units any given semester (courses may not be audited). Once you have completed 8 semesters at USC or have used all 8 units of Exceptional Funding, you are no longer eligible. See our website for more details on policy for use of Exceptional Funding.

Applicants must have:

  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • completed at least 15 units per Fall and Spring semesters or 30 units total for the prior academic year
  • completed at least one semester at USC before the start of Fall 2020

Presidential Scholars are credited 50% of the tuition for additional units. Trustee, Mork and Stamps are credited 100% of the tuition for additional units. Make sure to pay any other fees not associated with your tuition before the billing deadline.


June 1, 2020: Fall Application Open

July 5, 2020: Fall Early Deadline
Students should only apply by the Early Deadline if they have already enrolled in over 18 units and billed for additional tuition by this date. Students who apply by the Early Deadline will be notified of their award status and have their student accounts credited before the August payment deadline. For students who are unable to complete their registration in full until the start of Fall semester, please wait to submit an application until the Final Deadline.

August 28, 2020: Fall Final Deadline
Applicants submitting from July 6- August 28, 2020 are notified on a rolling basis until the Fall Week 3 Add/Drop deadline. These applicants may need to pay for additional units upfront until tuition credit can be applied to their student account.

If approved, all changes to registration must be reviewed and approved to guarantee continued eligibility until the Week 3 Add/Drop Deadline on September 4, 2020.
Must be REGISTERED ABOVE 18 UNITS to be approved and receive funding. Please fully register prior to submitting an application.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Request Type
  2. Merit Scholarship Type
  3. Units of Exceptional Funding Remaining
    • Have you received Exceptional Funding before?
    • If yes, how many Exceptional Funding units have you received and during which term(s)?
  4. How many units of funding are you requesting?
  5. Course #1
    • Course Code
    • Requirement for
    • Units
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