Prospective Students FAQ

How do I qualify for a USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) scholarship?

The USC Alumni Association considers a number of factors when deciding on scholarship awardees, including a student’s involvement in activities and service at USC and in the community. We are particularly interested in funding students who have demonstrated a commitment to the Latino community, who have shown leadership potential, and who have exceptional academic and professional potential.

Scholarship applicants must be full-time students: Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 units per semester with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and graduate students must complete a minimum of 8 units per semester with a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

How do I apply for a LAA scholarship?

The LAA provides partial-tuition scholarships to USC undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Latino community. A completed application and all required materials must be submitted to the LAA by March 30.

Click here to learn more and download the appropriate application.

May I receive an LAA scholarship more than once?

Undergraduate students receiving an LAA scholarship do not need to reapply to continue receiving the award. At this time, graduate students are required to reapply each year, by March 30. LAA is not obligated to fund all former recipients.

Do I have to be a full-time student to receive a scholarship?

Yes, only full-time students are eligible for the award – this includes undergraduates and graduate students alike. We do not fund part-time students because funding is limited.

I am enrolling in an online master’s program at USC? Am I eligible to apply for an LAA scholarship?

Because of limited funding, we currently are unable to support students enrolled in online degree programs. We hope to be able to offer such support in the future.

How much can I expect to be awarded from an LAA scholarship?

Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $5,000 per academic year for undergraduate students and $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year for graduate students. Scholars receive 50% of their award for the fall semester and 50% for the spring semester. Our awards are intended to supplement other sources of financial aid. Students must apply and be eligible for other financial aid resources, such as CSS/PROFILE, FAFSA, USC financial aid, student loans and college work-study.

Will receiving the LAA scholarship reduce my other grant awards?

We work closely with the USC financial aid office to reduce loan amounts first, but each decision is handled on a case-by-case basis.

One of my parents received an LAA scholarship when s/he was at USC. Does that increase my chance of receiving an award?

Like all other scholarships, the LAA awards are competitive. We do not give preferential treatment to scions.

What grades do I need to get into USC and what can I do to increase my chances of admission?

Review the USC Office of Admissions recommendations for how to be more competitive for admission to the university.

What does the LAA require of its scholarship recipients?

Students who are awarded scholarships must complete 10 credits of volunteer service/involvement with LAA events each academic year. Scholars must register with the USC Career Center for assistance with volunteer work and other requirements.

The LAA expects that, upon graduation, scholarship recipients will become members of the association. Therefore, special consideration is given to scholarship recipients who remain actively involved with the USC Office of Latino Alumni Programs and participate in LAA activities.

Besides LAA scholarships, what other financial aid is available to USC students?

Learn about the range of financial aid opportunities available at the USC Financial Aid website.

Do I have to be of Latino heritage to apply for an LAA scholarship?

We are particularly interested in funding students who have demonstrated a commitment to the Latino community, though outstanding students of any ethnic background are welcome to apply.

Can I receive an LAA scholarship if I am attending another university?

Our scholarships are only available to USC students.

How do I apply to attend USC?

Learn about applying to be an undergraduate student at the USC undergraduate admissions website.

Learn about applying to be a graduate student at the USC graduate admissions website.

Can students who only have a GED be admitted to USC?

Yes, it is possible for students who completed high school with a GED to be admitted to USC after beginning their higher education at a community college. However, such students will still need to meet all other transfer requirements (at least 30 transferable semester college units, strong academic record, etc.) and must also provide official transcripts of all high school coursework they attempted, in addition to providing an official copy of their GED.

How can I transfer from another college to USC?

Learn about applying to USC as a transfer student at the undergraduate admissions website.

How can I arrange for a tour of the USC campus?

Learn about campus tours and other events for prospective students at the undergraduate admissions website.

If you have additional questions after you have reviewed our FAQ, contact us at latinoalumni@usc.edu.