USC University of Southern California

Special Circumstances

DDS, ASPID, and Advanced Specialty Students

If you would like the Financial Aid Office to consider any special financial circumstances, you may submit supporting documentation and appeal to request an adjustment to your financial aid package. You must submit your request during the academic year in which the event occurred.

Following are the categories of special circumstances appropriate to instigate re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility.

Rent costs that exceed the USC standard allowance

The Financial Aid Office will consider an increase in your financial aid eligibility if your monthly rent exceeds the USC standard allowance. The USC standard allowance for graduate students is $1,200/month. Please submit the following:

  • A copy of your current lease agreement

Computer purchase

Please submit the following items to be considered for an increase in your eligibility:

  • A letter itemizing the expenses incurred or requested
  • Receipt(s) to show items(s) purchased or printout (such as from a website) showing price of items to be purchased

Dental equipment

The Financial Aid Office will consider an increase in your financial aid eligibility for dental equipment purchases (e.g. dental loupes, gold for fixed prost, etc.). Please submit the following documentation:

  • A copy of purchase receipt or invoice

Child care expense

The Financial Aid Office will consider an increase in your financial aid eligibility for required child care expenses. Please submit the following:

  • Letter identifying the child’s name and age as well as the name of the child care provider and the days/hours that child care is provided
  • A copy of the contract verifying child care expenses

Please note that if the student is married and the spouse is not employed, the Financial Aid Office will also require a letter from the student stating why child care is required.

Travel expense for out-of-area students

The Financial Aid Office allows up to two roundtrips home per academic year. Please submit the following:

  • Letter itemizing your travel expenses
  • Purchase receipt

Medical expenses not covered by insurance

The Financial Aid Office will consider an increase in your financial aid eligibility for non-elective medical expenses not covered by insurance. Please submit the following:

  • Itemization of expenses incurred
  • Statements, receipts, or other documentation to show amount of expense covered by insurance
  • Letter from the physician supporting the treatment