Immigration regulations require that all international applicants provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses for themselves and their dependents (if applicable) before being issued an I-20 or DS-2019.
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If the account holder(s) is someone other than student, include a Sponsorship letter OR Confidential Statement for Financing Studies at USC (graduate applicants only) OR Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support (undergraduate applicants only). The letter must state the account holder and student’s name, current date, and relationship between student and sponsor.
You may have more than 1 sponsor or source of funding. Please submit separate affidavit forms for each sponsor.
Please see the examples below of sample Financial Documents:
If we are unable to determine your available funds because the documentation is unclear, excessive, or too difficult to read, the financial statement will not be accepted. We require only the total, final balance of the account, not an extended history of transactions.
*A note about Private Financing from the United States: Private loans are available to international students, but 2 forms of U.S.- based ID are required for approval (such as an I-20, I-94, DS-2019, and/or valid student visa). If you are unable to produce these at the time of loan application, your loan will not be fully approved. Conditionally approved loans are not acceptable forms of financial proof. Please be sure you are able to receive a fully approved, unconditional loan before submitting documents to USC, even from US lenders. An I-20 will not be issued under any circumstances if a conditional loan approval is submitted.