Support Funds



Support Funds

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

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 basicneeds@usc.edu. The department is a university-led resource for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students that addresses food, housing and financial insecurity throughout the year. 

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.

HEERF quarterly fund reports can be found here.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act included the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provided emergency funding to higher education. A portion of that funding must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA or HEERF II) and American Rescue Plan Act (HEERF III) allocated additional funding to HEERF.

USC was allocated funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency grants to students. USC fully expended its first round of funding in spring and fall 2020. Our final report is posted here.

Emergency grants under HEERF II and III were distributed directly to eligible students through their student account based on financial aid data, data from Student Basic Needs, and a limited application for international students. 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.

HEERF II and III require institutions to prioritize financial aid grants to students with exceptional need. Our report on Spring 2021 emergency grants is posted here.

In fall 2021, a limited application was available for international students. We provided awards ranging from $500-$1,000 for international students.  Remaining funds will be distributed to undergraduate students enrolled in fall who completed a financial aid application and have exceptional need.

The university set funding guidelines to help as many students as possible, especially those in greatest need. More details are included in our quarterly report.

Students selected to receive emergency grants for fall 2021 will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office with instructions to login to their Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) page to complete the Certification for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance.

The USC Student Basic Needs Department provides food and housing assistance along with technology rentals for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who need support due to unforeseen circumstances. Please see the USC Student Basic Needs Department section below for more information.

Additional resources may also be available through your academic unit. We suggest you contact your academic advisor or program director for more information.

Please contact our 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at 213-740-6291 or email covid19@usc.edu.

Contact information for the USC Financial Aid Office can be found here.

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. The Office of Human Resources, in partnership with Campus Support & Intervention, is administering this program.