University of Southern California

This page will be updated by August for the 2018 National College Match. 

National College Match Scholarship Package

These numbers reflect estimated student expenses for the 2019-2020 school year. Amounts will change slightly from year to year, but as the cost of college increases, the scholarship packages will correspondingly increase. Your official financial aid award will be included in a letter directly from USC.

Annual Cost of Attendance

Tuition

$55,320

Room & Board

$15,400

Books & Supplies

$1,200

Travel

$550

Personal

$1,450

Required Fees

$905

Total

$74,825

How Costs Are Covered (annually)

USC University Grant

$69,825

Federal Work-Study

$2,500

Student Summer Work Contribution

$2,500

Parent Contribution

$0

Student Loan

$0

Total

$74,825

Policy Regarding Outside Funding

When possible, USC allows outside funding for QuestBridge Scholars to replace the student contribution, rather than the USC grant aid, in a financial aid award.  Funding in excess of the student contribution will reduce the USC grant aid that would otherwise be provided.  In some cases, it may be necessary to reduce work study first, then the USC grant aid in a financial aid award. 

Policy on Health Insurance

USC requires all students to have health insurance, either through a parent or another plan. If a student is not covered by an existing plan, the USC grant aid will be increased to pay for the USC Student Health Insurance.

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award

The QuestBridge award is only available for eight undergraduate semesters. Students will lose eligibility for this award at the ninth semester of undergraduate enrollment. If a QuestBridge Scholar continues their attendance at USC past their nine semesters of eligibility, they will be able to apply for regular need-based financial aid. Students must maintain a greater than 2.0 GPA to maintain eligibility.

Other Details

Students may replace the student income/summer work contribution with loans. Students will also be required to submit a FAFSA as soon as possible, or no later than February 13, 2019, to determine their eligibility for federal aid. California Residents will be required to apply for a Cal Grant by submitting a GPA Verification Form to CSAC by March 4, 2019. AB-540-Eligible California Residents must complete the online California Dream Act Application by March 2, 2019. Visit https://dream.csac.ca.gov for the application. 

University of Southern California’s Financial Aid Overview 

USC guarantees to meet 100% of demonstrated need of all admitted students, regardless of their financial background. While students and their parents are expected to contribute to the cost of their education, USC is dedicated to helping them make up the difference, and in awarding financial aid, will consider factors such as family income, family size, number of siblings in college and other special circumstances.

USC is looking for the most academically promising students including those with financial disadvantages, and expects that many QuestBridge applicants will qualify for exceptional financial aid through the student's four years at USC.