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 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 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.

Fall 2015 priority applications will be accepted from April 1, 2015 through May 31, 2015.

Eligible students who submit during this time frame will see their award post to their student account prior to the first tuition installment due date (typically August 3).

All students are advised to submit during the priority application period, even if adjustments to your schedule are expected, in order to avoid paying for units upfront and awaiting a credit to your student account.

While applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the third week of classes, students who apply after Priority Deadline should expect to pay for additional units upfront until a credit can be applied to their student account. All eligible students will have their accounts credited by the end of Week 4.

All courses must apply to a student's major, minor, or GE requirements and courses may not be audited.

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 by the start of the upcoming term. 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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