USC Academic Achievement Award

The Academic Achievement Award (AAA) provides a tuition benefit to students who are pursuing multiple undergraduate degree objectives, have at least sophomore standing, and have earned a cumulative USC GPA of at least 3.750. AAA allows Fall or Spring registration of up to 21 units at the standard full-time tuition rate.

The purpose of the award is to allow highly motivated students with excellent academic records to complete multiple undergraduate degree objectives without adding to their time-to-degree.


In order to receive the Academic Achievement Award for any given Fall or Spring semester, you must:

  1. be an undergraduate student
  2. have officially declared a double major, a double degree, or a major-minor combination
    • Multiple undergraduate degree objectives must be officially declared on STARS report at time of application. Progressive degree objectives are not eligible for funding.
    • Students who need to complete pre-requisite courses or an audition process to declare a second program will not be eligible.
  3. have earned a cumulative USC GPA of at least 3.750 based on the completion of at least 24.0 USC units (12.0 USC units for transfer students)
    • Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA and unit count at the time of application.
    • No eligibility exceptions are made for applicants below the 3.750 cumulative USC GPA minimum. USC GPA is calculated to the third decimal place and never rounded up or down.
  4. demonstrate that the additional tuition units will contribute to the completion of multiple undergraduate degree objectives
    • All enrolled courses must fulfill major, minor, or GE requirements. See Special Courses for exceptions.
    • Students must upload a current Academic Course Plan, developed and approved by their major program academic advisor to demonstrate feasibility of completing multiple degree objectives.
    • Students must be officially enrolled in all proposed courses at time of application. If enrollment requires special clearance, students can provide faculty or advisor documentation indicating their acceptance into the course (e.g. Maymester).
    • Courses must be taken for Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass. Courses cannot be audited.
    • Applicants pursuing graduate level coursework must demonstrate the course can be applied to undergraduate degree requirements and must retain undergraduate status.
  5. complete the online application

Read more about AAA policy in our FAQ page.

Application & Review Timeline 

AAA applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the final deadline. Students will be notified of their award status based on the deadline by which they submit an application (see schedule below).

Students should only apply for AAA if they have already enrolled in over 18 units and billed for additional tuition. Students who apply by Deadline 1 or 2 will be notified of their award status and have their student accounts credited before the January payment due date.

Students who are unable to fully complete their registration until the start of Spring semester should wait to submit an application by the Round 3 Deadline. We will not review applications for students not enrolled in over 18 units. Students may apply at any time before the final deadline at no disadvantage; all applicants will receive an equal chance for award consideration.

Spring 2021 deadline has passed. Fall 2021 application will open in early June. 

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