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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Financial Support

Other Financial Support
This page describes financial support provided by the Chan Division. Students are encouraged to also refer to financial support options provided by USC and external bodies.

Chan Scholarships and Awards

USC Chan Division students are encouraged to apply for scholarships, awards, and paid positions within the division, many of which are available to continuing, as well as incoming students.

Chan Hardship Fund and Application Process

Currently-enrolled USC Chan Division students experiencing financial hardship due to an unanticipated change in their circumstances may reach out to Dr. Ryan Pineda, Student Services Advisor, for support in navigating various options / resources for additional funds, including the Chan Hardship Fund.

A financial hardship refers to a life-changing circumstance that is out of a student’s control, and that significantly impacts their ability to finance their education. Such a situation could affect their performance in the academic program and ultimately their enrollment status. The following are examples of Chan Hardship Fund considerations:

  • A student acquires a severe illness / injury (examples include cancer diagnosis, a major car accident with sustained injury, or documented mental health crisis), where the illness / injury was not present prior to the start of the degree program.
  • A significant change in a student’s caregiver status / responsibilities (examples include childcare responsibilities, or the role as a primary caregiver for an immediate family member who may have a severe illness / injury).
  • Housing relocation costs due to emergencies requiring evacuation (examples include fire or earthquake).
  • A major property loss and/or damage (examples include housing loss or damage, vehicle theft, robbery, or car accident).
  • The death or loss of a student’s primary financial support (examples include the death of a primary family member who supported a student financially; or divorce).

Please note that each student’s financial situation is different. For more information, please contact Dr. Pineda at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or by phone at (323) 442-0652.