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
    • To apply, go to
      • Click the “Sign In” button on the top right corner, and log in with your USC ID.
      • If applicable, complete the “General Application” with your First and Last Name.
      • Under the “Opportunities” tab, find the “Academic Achievement Award” selection to apply.

Read more about AAA policy in our FAQ page.


June 1, 2020: Fall 2020 AAA Application opens 

July 5, 2020: Fall 2020 AAA 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. We will not review applications for students not enrolled in over 18 units. Applying by the Final Deadline does not place applicants at a disadvantage for receiving the award. 

August 28, 2020: Fall 2020 AAA 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.

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