Support Funds

Support Funds

Information on how to help our students, staff and the USC community

In this unprecedented time, some members of the Trojan family will require additional assistance. If you feel compelled to help those affected by COVID-19, consider donating to one of the designated support funds.

If you are a member of our family in need of support, please reach out through the channels below to apply for assistance.

USC Student Basic Needs Fund

USC Student Basic Needs Fund

Help students with expenses related to housing, food security, job loss and other hardships caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Request Support

Contact the Student Basic Needs Department at The department is a university-led resource for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students that addresses food, housing and financial insecurity throughout the year. See the FAQs for additional details.

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund

Federal Assistance for Students

The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund provides financial aid grants to students. Congress appropriated Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA or HEERF II), and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA or HEERF III). USC has fully expended CARES Act funds.

Under HEERF II and III, emergency grants may be used for any component of the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Please see the FAQs for additional details.

HEERF Act Quarterly Fund Report

The U.S. Department of Education published a Notice of Public Posting Requirement on August 31, 2020 and May 13, 2021 directing universities to report on the receipt and use of funds received from the HEERF. Our quarterly report on the student portion funds is posted here. Our Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for the institutional portion funds is available here.

Archived reports can be found here

USC COVID-19 Academic Progress Summer Scholarship

Summer 2021

Undergraduate students who enrolled full-time for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 and earned fewer than 30 graded units over the course of the academic year were eligible to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition for up to two USC online undergraduate, degree-applicable courses of no more than 4-units each at the standard undergraduate tuition rate offered in Summer 2021. Visit the FAQs for more details.

USC Employee Support Fund

Join USC in Helping Our Employees

The USC Employee Support Fund was created to support employees, and has been expanded to include recent employees whose job status at USC has been impacted by the pandemic, with an immediate need for financial assistance due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Request Support

All current employees, as well as recent employees whose job status at USC has been impacted by the pandemic, are eligible if they have immediate financial needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested employees can visit the Campus Support & Intervention website to apply. See the FAQs for additional details. The Office of Human Resources, in partnership with Campus Support & Intervention, is administering this program. 

Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Join USC in Helping Our First Responders

Support the courageous professionals playing a crucial role on the front lines of this health crisis.

This fund will be used to support Keck Medicine healthcare workers, patients and their families during this time of unprecedented demand.