Immigration regulations require that all international students 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. We recommend you bookmark this page for easy reference.
If the account holder(s) is someone other than the student, submit also a signed USC Sponsored Studies form. (Undergraduate students may submit the Financial Statement of Personal or Family Support instead). These are not required for government scholarships or funding by major, recognized companies; a formal letter is enough.
Please see the Trojan International Checklist for guidelines on how properly separate your documents for uploading.
Please see the examples below of sample Financial Documents:
If USC is unable to determine your available funds because the documentation is unclear, excessive, or too difficult to read, the financial statement will not be accepted. Only the total, final balance of an account is needed, 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.