Exceptional Funding

Merit scholarships cover a set percentage of flat-rate tuition up to 18 units for the Fall and Spring semesters. The purpose of Exceptional Funding is to support academic pursuits in addition to this academic course load within the eight semesters (ten for Architecture) of scholarship eligibility.

Exceptional Funding is available to Mork, Presidential, Stamps, and Trustee Scholars to use towards USC tuition.

  • Mork, Stamps & Trustee Scholars: Maximum amount of 8 units may be funded
  • Presidential Scholars: Maximum amount of 8 half-tuition units may be funded

Examples of appropriate reasons to apply for exceptional funding:

  • Additional courses are required to complete a major, minor or GE that cause enrollment in more than 18 units during the Fall or Spring semesters
  • Summer study abroad where USC tuition is charged and USC credit is earned
  • Summer classes at USC required to complete a major, minor or GE

You must apply for exceptional funding; it is not automatically granted and does not renew each year. You must complete at least one semester at USC in order to be eligible for the award. Read more on Exceptional Funding Policies


Exceptional Funding Deadlines

Spring 2018

Application Opens: Monday, October 30, 2017

Priority Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017
Students who apply by the priority deadline can expect to be notified of their award status and have their student accounts credited before the start of Spring semester.

Final Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018
All eligible students will have their accounts credited by end of January 2018. These applicants should expect to pay for additional units upfront until tuition credits are applied to their student account.