Financial Aid

USC Price Financial Aid

The Price School of Public Policy awards a number of scholarships to entering and continuing graduate and undergraduate students. Some are partial to full tuition scholarships while others support students in research, internships, and other professional development opportunities. Listed below are awards funded by the Price School, the criteria, the application process, and deadlines. Applications will be available in January 2019 for awards having a March 1 deadline.

In some cases, receipt of these awards may affect financial aid packages students have already received from USC. When that happens, we will work with you and the USC Financial Aid Office so that these awards replace loan money rather than gift aid. Yet, depending on a particular student’s package, these awards may replace gift aid you are receiving from other sources at USC. Please contact the Price School Student Aid Coordinator for assistance (wilsonca@price.usc.edu).

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

John and Melinda DiNapoli Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for students for whom affordability may be an obstacle. Preference will be given to students earning the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development or the Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and planning who have demonstrated an interest in diversity in these fields. To apply, please complete the Price Diversity Scholarship Application. Application deadline: March 1

Nick Fagnano Memorial Fund
The Nick Fagnano Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Fagnano family in memory of their son Nick Fagnano who passed away just before he was to enter the USC Price School as an undergraduate transfer student. This award is based on academic merit and financial need and will awarded to a student who reflects Nick’s strength of character. Learn more about Nick and his story. Applicants must have entered USC as undergraduate transfer students, be currently enrolled in a Price undergraduate program, must have a cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 or higher, submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words. The personal statement should describe what possessing “great character” means to him or her and address ways he/she exemplifies great character as a leader and how he/she plans to incorporate it in their future endeavors.
Application deadline: March 1

Joan Gardner National Merit Scholarships
Scholarships for entering freshmen in the Price School who have been designated as National Merit Scholars. Recipients need to be enrolled full-time in the USC Price School undergraduate program, have demonstrated academic and leadership excellence, and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Preference will go to National Merit Scholars who are accepted and enrolled at the USC Price School. However, if during a specific academic year, a National Merit Scholar is not accepted or enrolled at the USC Price School, the scholarship would be awarded to an incoming freshman who exhibits exemplary academic and leadership excellence. Selection is made after the National Merit Scholarship recipients have been identified.

Learning to Excel Academically and Professionally (LEAP)
Scholarships for Undergraduate Students in Need
LEAP scholarships for students in need have been raised by the Price Parents Council and are awarded in special documented cases where undergraduate students’ financial situations have changed to the extent that they can no longer continue his/her enrollment at USC. If you find yourself in this situation, please send a letter with documentation to Carol Rush, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at crush@price.usc.edu

Undergraduate Stipends for Lab Expenses
LEAP funding also provides for travel and lodging expenses for undergraduate students enrolled in sections of PPD 431- Undergraduate Lab that require travel and PPDE 589-Price on the Rhine.

Perea Family Endowed Scholarship
Scholarship for Price undergraduates for whom affordability is an obstacle. A positive consideration will be given to students who come from the Central Valley in California and are interested in a public service career that assists Latino communities. To apply, please complete the Price Diversity Scholarship Application. Application deadline: March 1

Price Diversity Scholarship Endowment
Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Price School who have experience in or a commitment to diversity. To apply, please complete the Price Diversity Scholarship Application
Application deadline: March 1

Price Diversity Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Price School who have experience in or a commitment to diversity. To apply, please complete the Price Diversity Scholarship Application
Application deadline: March 1

Undergraduate Scholarship with Disability Needs
Thanks to the generous support of The Looking Beyond Foundation, scholarship funding has been made available for current USC Price undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in helping individuals with special needs (physical, mental or emotional disabilities) that interfere with their pursuits and pose as an obstacle. Looking Beyond is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and enriching the lives of children and young adults with special needs. Their goal is to impact as many children and young adults with a range of special needs. Applicant must be an incoming or continuing undergraduate student in the Price School have a cumulative, earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in his/her major, and submit a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words that includes their goals and how the scholarship will help them achieve their aspirations. To apply, please submit the Price Diversity Scholarship Application. Application deadline: March 1

USC Price Athenian Society Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for students enrolled in the Price School. Application deadline: March 1

UNDERGRADUATE FUNDED RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

Student Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
SURE provides USC Price undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct funded research in collaboration with a Price faculty member. Applicants must be declared undergraduate major in the Price School of Public Policy, have earned a minimum cumulative USC and major GPA of 3.0. They must also submit a signed agreement with a Price full-time faculty sponsor and a one-page description of the research plan, a current STARS report. A detailed budget for how the research funding will be used. The maximum amount of the award is $2,000, award must be used only to cover costs of the research (may include travel, equipment, living expenses and other fees associated with the research. Application deadlines: Fall research July 3; Spring research, October 3, and Summer research February 3. https://priceschool.usc.edu/programs/undergraduate/research/undergrad-research/

ENTERING MASTER’S STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

The USC Price Dean’s Merit Scholarship has allowed me to focus on my courses, take unpaid internships, and fully participate in all of the programs that USC Price offers. My education at USC Price has been amazing.

Richardson Tyler Durchslag-Richardson
MPP ’11

Dean’s Merit Scholarships
Scholarships based on academic merit awarded to students entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, and MNLM programs in the fall semester. Awards generally range from half to full tuition and are renewal for the second year assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment

City/County Management Fellowship Program Scholarships
Scholarships based on academic merit awarded to students entering the MPA program who express an interest in a career in local government. City/County Management Fellows are mentored by and participate in meetings and programs hosted by the City/County Management Board, a group of influential city and county managers. In addition, the Board provides stipends for conference travel. Awards generally range from half to full tuition and are renewal for the second year assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the City/County Management Fellowship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment

City Hall Fellows Scholarship Program
Up to $10,000 scholarship for students who have completed the San Francisco City Hall Fellows program and are entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, and MNLM program in the fall semester. Awards are disbursed $5,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year of graduate study, assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment

Master of International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) scholarships
Each year the IPPAM program awards a limited number of partial tuition scholarships ($5,000-$8,000) to students entering the Master of International Public Policy and Management program. Scholarships are made at the time of admission and selection is based on academic merit and potential for professional contribution to the IPPAM program. These scholarships provide partial tuition credit awards. All students applying to the IPPAM program will be considered. Application deadlines: March 15 for summer enrollment and May 1 for fall enrollment

Funding sources within the IPPAM program include:

  • IPPAM Alumni Fellowship
  • Harold T Craig and Joanna C. Yu Memorial Fund
  • Dixon Zhengyu Zhang Scholarships

Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development Scholarships
Each year, the Dollinger MRED program awards a limited number of scholarships to entering full-time MRED students. These scholarships provide partial tuition credit awards in the amount of $5,000 or up to 16 units of tuition credit. Scholarships are awarded as part of the admission process.

To be considered, applicants must submit all application materials along with the USC Price Dean’s Merit Scholarship application (found online with the USC Graduate Application under the Supplemental Forms section) by February 1.

Funding sources within the Dollinger MRED program

  • Bornstein Endowed Scholarship
  • Ko Chieh Chi MRED Scholarship
  • First American Endowed Scholarships
  • Greenlaw Partners Endowed Scholarship
  • George and Shirley Isaacs Endowed Scholarship
  • Alan Kreditor Endowed Scholarship
  • Lusk Center for Real Estate Scholarships

Executive Master of Leadership USC-LAPD Leadership Scholarships
In 2013, the University of Southern California (USC) established leadership scholarships for Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers. USC and LAPD have a long history of working together to ensure the communities surrounding USC are safe and prosperous for the many members of our diverse community. These scholarships those interested in gaining innovative leadership skills that foster inclusion and collaboration among the many cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of those in the neighborhoods surrounding USC. Awards consist of one-half tuition scholarships for two students. Recipients must be active police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department and be admitted to the EML program. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a commitment to community-based policing and an interest in strengthening relations between law enforcement and community based organizations. A determination about the scholarships is made during the application review process. It’s advisable in the personal statement to address (1) Why are you interested in the USC-LAPD Leadership Scholarship (2) Your interest and experience in community-based policing and (3) How you would anticipate using the leadership skills learned in the Executive Master of Leadership program to improve relationships among law enforcement, community based organizations and the many diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds that comprise the communities surrounding USC. Application deadline: April 15.

USC Price/COLFUTURO (Colombia) Fellowships
A joint program between USC Price and Colombia’s COLFUTURO for graduate study at the Price School of Public Policy. The scholarship supports students from Colombia who will enroll in one of the USC Price two-year master’s degree programs (MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, MNLM). Colombian students selected to receive COLFUTURO funding will also receive a $10,000 scholarship each year (for two years). To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15.

USC Price/Coro Alumni Fellowships
Up to $10,000 scholarship for students who have completed the Coro Public Affairs Fellows program and are entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, or MNLM program in the fall semester. Awards are disbursed $5,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year of graduate study, assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment

USC Price Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Scholarships
Up to $10,000 scholarships for students who have completed the USC Price Diversity in Healthcare Leadership summer program and are entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, or MNLM program in the fall semester. Awards are disbursed $5,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year of graduate study, assuming satisfactory academic program. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price Leadership in Diversity Scholarships
The Price School Leadership in Diversity Fellowships recognize entering graduate students who demonstrate strong leadership abilities and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Students entering the Master of Health Administration, Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy programs will be considered. These awards consist of full-tuition scholarships. To apply, students must complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship and Leadership in Diversity Fellowship application, which are part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Applicants who are not selected for this fellowship will receive consideration for Dean’s Merit Scholarships. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price/Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowships
Up to $10,000 scholarship for returned Peace Corps Volunteers program and are entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, and MRED program in the fall semester. Awards are disbursed $5,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year of graduate study, assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment

USC Price/Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarships
Up to $10,000 scholarship for students who have completed the Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Institute and are entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, and MNLM program in the fall semester. Awards are disbursed $5,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year of graduate study, assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment

USC Price/Republic of Korea Ministry of Personnel Management 1+1 Program
USC Price will provide advanced graduate training for a select group of Republic of Korea employees enrolled in the USC Price MPA, MPP and MPL programs. Applicants with outstanding academic credentials, strong English skills, recommendations, and financial support from the Korean government may qualify for a $24,000 scholarship ($12,000 per year, renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress is made) from USC Price. Korean government officials will complete an internship along with their studies. All Korean Government Officials receiving the 1+1 long-term fellowship will be automatically considered. Application deadline: January 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price/Republic of Korea National Assembly Long-Term Fellowship Program Scholarships
USC Price will provide advanced graduate training for a select group of Republic of Korea employees enrolled in the USC Price MPA, MPP and MPL programs. Applicants with outstanding academic credentials, strong English skills, recommendations, and financial support from the Korean government may qualify for a $24,000 scholarship ($12,000 per year, renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress is made) from USC Price.. All Korean Government Officials receiving the Republic of Korea National Assembly Long-Term Fellowship will be automatically considered. Students pursuing the two-year program at USC complete an internship; students pursuing the MPA dual degree with Seoul National University do not complete an internship. Application deadline: January 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price Sacramento Summer Enrichment Program Scholarships
Up to $10,000 scholarships for students who have completed the USC Price Sacramento Summer Enrichment Program and are entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, or MNLM program in the fall semester. Awards are disbursed $5,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year of graduate study, assuming satisfactory academic program. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment.

USC Price/Teach for America Fellowships
Up to $10,000 scholarship for students who are Teach for America alumni and are entering the MHA, MPA, MPL, MPP, and MNLM program in the fall semester. Awards are disbursed $5,000 in the first year and $5,000 in the second year of graduate study, assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Application which is part of the USC Graduate Application for Admission. Application deadline: December 15 for fall enrollment

GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS (Entering and Continuing)

Red and Sheri Cavaney Endowed Scholarship for Nonprofit Leadership
A scholarship for a student in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree. Special consideration will be given to a student whose career interest is in working in a trade or professional association. To apply, please complete the USC Price School Named Scholarship application. Application deadline: March 1

Red and Sheri Cavaney Graduate Veteran Scholarship
A scholarship for a Price master’s degree student who is a veteran of the US Military. Preference will be given to an individual with academic and career goals that include an interest in using their policy background to examine opportunities for economic growth and job creation. To apply, please complete the USC Price School Named Scholarship application. See 11/20/2015 e-mail from Chris that has the application. Application deadline: March 1

Price Athenian Society Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for students enrolled in the Price School. To apply, please complete the USC Price School Named Scholarship application. Application deadline: March 1

Price Diversity Scholarship Endowment
Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Price School who have experience in or a commitment to diversity. To apply, please complete the Price Diversity Scholarship Application
Application deadline: March 1

Price Diversity Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Price School who have experience in or a commitment to diversity. To apply, please complete the Price Diversity Scholarship Application
Application deadline: March 1

Price Master of Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship
Scholarships for students enrolled in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management program. To apply, please complete the USC Price School Named Scholarship application. Application deadline: March 1

Price Public Safety Scholarship
Scholarships for Price graduate students with backgrounds in public safety. To apply, please complete the USC Price School Named Scholarship application. Application deadline: March 1

Sutter Minority Fellowship in Health Administration
Scholarships for under-represented students enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program. To apply, please complete the Price Diversity Scholarship Application. Application deadline: March 1

Veteran’s Administration Yellow Ribbon Program
USC Price is proud to partner with the U.S. Veterans Administration in providing VA Yellow Ribbon benefits to qualified students. The Price School has allocated funds for 15 Yellow Ribbon Awards each year at up to $10,000 for each award.

The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional funding for veterans who wish to attend private institutions. Funds can be used to meet any or all unmet tuition/fee needs, but cannot exceed the total cost of tuition and fees. To qualify for Yellow Ribbon benefits, students must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate (100%) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (based on service requirements).
To receive the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits students must be admitted to the university and registered for classes. Once enrolled, submit the following packet to USC’s School Certifying Official:

  • Recent Certificate of Eligibility
  • Completed Application for Semester Entitlement (ASE) Form
  • Copy of a valid photo identification

Take your certificate of eligibility to the Veterans Certification Office and ask them to certify your enrollment to the VA, including Yellow Ribbon. Per federal regulations, eligible recipients will be selected on a first-come/first-served basis.

Note: The university must certify your enrollment to the VA; you may not do so yourself.

Please contact the USC Veterans Certification Office for additional details.

SACRAMENTO PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS – ENTERING MPA STUDENTS IN SACRAMENTO

The Sacramento Professional Scholarships are funded through endowments or created in the names of individuals, families, and organizations. All of these awards are designated to support students pursuing the Master of Public Administration degree in Sacramento. Awards are made to entering students based on academic merit and professional promise and are renewable for a second year assuming satisfactory academic progress. To apply, please complete the USC Graduate Application for Admission and the Professional Scholarship for Sacramento Students Application. Priority application deadline: April 1; final application deadline: June 1

  • California Wellness – partial tuition scholarships awarded to graduate students interested in health administration
  • Ross Clayton Graduate Fellowship – partial tuition scholarships awarded to graduate students interested in public administration
  • Houston Flournoy Fellowships – partial tuition scholarships awarded to graduate students interested in public administration
  • Sterling Franklin Graduate Fellowship – partial tuition scholarships awarded to graduate students interested in public administration
  • G. Donald Montgomery Scholarships – $1,000 scholarships awarded to graduate students interested in public administration
  • Sacramento Scholarship Fund –partial tuition scholarships awarded to graduate students interested in public administration

GRADUATE PAID INTERNSHIP FUNDS

David C. Bohnett Endowed Leadership Fund
The David C. Bohnett Leadership Fund provides masters-level public policy students with valuable hands-on experience in local government through a two-year fellowship with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The Office of Career Services manages this fellowship’s recruitment process. Applicants will learn of the opportunity in mid-September and will apply by early October. Fellows assist the Chair (office) of the Board of Supervisors as liaison between constituents, other governmental agencies, non-profits and other stakeholders and the board offices. Applications will be available in September.

Graduate Summer Internship Fund
In 2015, the Price School established the Graduate Summer Internship fund. It provides funding for students in the two-year master’s degree programs to receive stipends who are participating in unpaid summer internships in the US or abroad. Eligible applicants must be full-time first-year student enrolled in the MHA, MPA, MPL or MPP programs second-year dual degree students, or a progressive degree student enrolled as a full-time graduate student. Students must be in good academic standing and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students must have secured an internship that is unpaid and offers no hourly wage or living stipend. Application opens: April 2019

FUNDED CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Career Treks – Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.
The Office of Career Services (OCS) and Development fund select masters and undergraduate students to participate in annual Career Treks locally and nationally. Career Treks allow participants to engage in an exciting and rigorous schedule of site visits, networking functions and cultural excursions. Fall 2018 a cohort of selected masters students will travel to Washington, D.C. October 16th – 19th. Applications and interviews will commence mid-August. Fall 2018 OCS will conduct two Los Angeles-based Treks as well, and in Spring 2019, the Trek Application to New York City Trek will open in late January 2019. The New York Trek takes place over Spring Break, March 10th – 17th, 2019

Master’s Student Travel Grants for Conference Participation
The Price School Awards travel grants to master’s students who participate in conferences. These awards are administered by each department. Please contact your department chair or program administrator for information.

ENTERING PHD STUDENT AWARDS

Diversity, Inclusion and Access Fellowship
Fellowship awarded to students who contribute to diversity of USC Ph.D. programs. Selection is based on academic merit and fit with Price School faculty research. Award consists of two years of fellowship in first and fourth years and two years in second and third year of research assistantship, 36 units per year of tuition remission, $34,000 annual stipend, year-round health and dental insurance, and most fees, a one-time summer stipend of $3,000 for dissertation writing if you have your dissertation proposal approved by the end of your third year, and travel stipends to scholarly conferences to present academic work. Automatically renewed each year as long as student maintains a 3.3 GPA, achieves satisfactory performance on research and teaching assistant assignments, and satisfactory progress towards passing qualifying examinations during the third year.

Price Graduate School Fellowship
Based on academic merit, fit with Price School faculty research. Award consists of two years of fellowship in first and fourth years and two years in second and third year of research assistantship, 36 units per year of tuition remission, $30,000 annual stipend, year-round health and dental insurance, and most fees, a one-time summer stipend of $3,000 for dissertation writing if you have your dissertation proposal approved by the end of your third year, and travel stipends to scholarly conferences to present academic work. Automatically renewed each year as long as student maintains a 3.3 GPA, achieves satisfactory performance on research and teaching assistant assignments, and satisfactory progress towards passing qualifying examinations during the third year.

Portions of some of the Price Graduate School Fellowship come from the following endowments and gifts:

  • Steven and Rowin Cantrell Doctoral Fellowship
  • Alexander Cloner Doctoral Fellowship
  • Neely Gardner Doctoral Fellowship
  • John Gerletti Doctoral Fellowship
  • E. Kim Nelson Doctoral Fellowship
  • Henry Reining, Jr., Doctoral Fellowship

Provost Fellowship
Based on academic merit and fit with Price School faculty research. Award consists of two years of fellowship in first and fourth years and two years in second and third year of research assistantship, 36 units per year of tuition remission, $34,000 annual stipend, year-round health and dental insurance, and most fees, a one-time summer stipend of $3,000 for dissertation writing if you have your dissertation proposal approved by the end of your third year, and travel stipends to scholarly conferences to present academic work. Automatically renewed each year as long as student maintains a 3.3 GPA, achieves satisfactory performance on research and teaching assistant assignments, and satisfactory progress towards passing qualifying examinations during the third year.

CONTINUING PHD STUDENT FUNDING

Research Assistantships and Dissertation Fellowships
Employment opportunity to do research with faculty. Sometimes funding comes from a research center, an individual faculty member, or an outside agency. These awards come with tuition remission, health benefits, and a stipend as compensation for the work they complete. Sometimes these awards are for summer funding, sometimes they replace all or a portion of the four year-funding package the Price School offers, and sometimes they are used for students who need assistance after their four years of funding runs out. Students should consult with their guidance and dissertation committee members about opportunities.

University Scholarships

Many USC support groups and alumni clubs award scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students. Please contact the USC Price Financial Aid Coordinator for additional information at (213) 740-0550, or e-mail uscprice@usc.edu.

QUESTIONS/CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact the Price School Student Aid Coordinator:

Ms. Christine Wilson
Director of Student Services
USC Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, Suite 108
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Tel: 213) 740-4127
E-mail: wilsonca@price.usc.edu