The scholarship policy is a written contract which serves as a guide to understanding how your scholarship works. Students receive a copy of the policy when the scholarship is awarded. Please read the policy thoroughly to understand how you may be affected by the terms of your scholarship.
In order to renew your scholarship each year, the following criteria must be met:
1. You must maintain your USC Academic Standing
The university expects you to maintain a high level of academic success during your university career. If you are academically disqualified by the USC Office of Academic Records and Registrar and the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP), you will automatically lose your scholarship. Readmission to USC will not restore your scholarship.
2. You must make satisfactory academic progress toward your undergraduate degree during the academic year (not including summer).
You should be able to graduate within 8 semesters, or 10 semesters in the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program. Scholars are generally advised to complete 16 units per Fall and Spring semester, or 32 units for one academic year. If you complete fewer than 32 units in one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), your academic record may be reviewed to determine if you are making satisfactory progress toward your degree. Your course of study, Advanced Placement units, and work at other colleges will be taken into consideration for your overall unit count.
If satisfactory progress is not made towards completing your undergraduate degree, you will be placed on scholarship probation for a maximum of 2 semesters, during which you must complete 16 units per semester, or your scholarship may be revoked. Scholarship is still active during the probationary period. You are allowed only one probationary period to meet GPA or unit requirements.
To receive your scholarship funds each semester, you must be enrolled in a full-time schedule (defined as 12 or more units for credit). Audited courses are not eligible for scholarship funding. If your are enrolled in 12 units including an audited course, which is not for credit, you will receive a bill for the semester’s tuition. The scholarship does not pay for audited units. For more information, visit the merit scholarship FAQ page.
3. You must uphold USC’s conduct and academic integrity standards
If the Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards Office finds you are responsible for a serious academic or non-academic conduct violation, resulting in your suspension or expulsion from the University, your merit scholarship award will be revoked.