Undergraduate Education

USC Academic Achievement Award

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The USC Academic Achievement Award 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. The Award allows Fall or Spring registration in up to 20 units at the standard full-time tuition rate. This is 2 units beyond the usual limit.

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 a given Fall or Spring semester, you must:

  1. be an undergraduate student
  2. have declared a double major, a double degree, or a major-minor combination
  3. have earned sophomore standing (i.e., have completed at least 32.0 units of USC and/or transfer credit) at the time of application
  4. have earned a cumulative USC GPA of at least 3.750 based on the completion of at least 12.0 USC units at the time of application
  5. demonstrate that the additional tuition units will contribute to the completion of multiple undergraduate degree objectives
  6. complete the online application available here.

The Fall 2014 application will go live on Friday, March 28, 2014. In order to receive the Academic Achievement Award for the Fall 2014 semester, it is necessary to submit an online application no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, August 15, 2014.

Please note: For Fall 2014, online applications submitted between May 15 and August 10 will not be processed until after August 11, 2014. To receive an eligibility decision by the end of May 2014, submit your online application no later than May 15, 2014.

Applications received after August 15, 2014 are considered late and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Funding for late applicants is not guaranteed.

It is possible to earn the Award in multiple semesters. A separate application is necessary for each semester, and the criteria above must be satisfied at the time of each application. More information can be found on the FAQ and Special Courses tabs. If you have other questions, please contact Erica Lovano McCann in the Office of Undergraduate Programs (lovano@usc.edu, 213-740-1741).

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