Applying for Financial Aid at USC

Below are instructions on how to apply for financial aid at USC. The university utilizes a system called FAST (Financial Aid Summary and Tasks). This system provides students with the ability to check on financial aid document status, complete any university mandated financial aid forms, and view and accept a financial aid award.

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The USC school code is 001328. Using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, sign your FAFSA application electronically upon submission.
  2. Once you have completed your FAFSA, log in to the FAST system on USC’s Financial Aid page to complete the Enrollment and Housing form. This form is located in the Document Library. You may watch this short video for instructions on logging into your FAST account.
  3. List your anticipated enrollment. The recommended course sequence includes 9 units each term for the first two terms.
  4. If you choose to borrow student loans through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program or the Direct Graduate Plus Loan programs, you will need to complete a Loan Request Statement for each program. These forms are located in the Document Library in FAST:
  1. Complete loan entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note online on the Federal Student Aid website. If you apply for both Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Direct Loans, you must complete loan entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note for each program.
  2. Upload any additional documents needed to complete your financial aid application in FAST. This short video provides instructions for uploading documents to FAST. To view your financial aid application status, summary or to accept your award, please watch this video for instructions.
  3. Accept your Financial Aid Award Notice. Once a student signs the Intent to Enroll form and activates their Net ID, the University of Southern California Financial Aid Office (FAO) will send an email notification to the student’s USC email account. The student will then be asked to review the financial aid award offer in the FAST system. This should happen approximately two to four weeks after your FAFSA is received. Student loans can always be adjusted, reduced or canceled by contacting the FAO. Please note: Financial aid documents and awards can only be viewed through the FAST system.

The Financial Aid Student Contact Center is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday at Phone Number: 213-740-4444 or by visiting the Financial Aid website. Any questions related to the status of your financial aid application should be directed to the center.

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