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 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. See the FAQs for additional details.

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund (CARES Act)

Federal Assistance for Continuing Students

The COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund (CARES Act) helps students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. This funding was limited to students who were eligible to receive federal financial aid and were enrolled in a program that met on campus prior to the transition to online classes due to COVID-19.

The application process is currently closed, and we are exploring funding options for the fall 2020 semester. We will share additional details as they become available. Please see the FAQs for additional details.

CARES Act 30-day Fund Report

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance on May 6, 2020, directing universities to report periodically on the receipt and use of funds received from the CARES Act. Our report is posted here.

USC Employee Support Fund

Join USC in Helping Our Employees

The USC Employee Support Fund was created to support employees with an immediate need for financial assistance due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Request Support

All current full-time and part-time employees, regardless of length of tenure, are eligible. 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.